A Fast and Easy Way to Find the Right Tool in Photoshop

Too Many Tools, Too Few Buttons

With each release of Photoshop, new tools and filters are added, as you would expect from a product that is continually being refined and improved.   Sometimes the consequences of this growth are changes to the user interface that actually make Photoshop a little harder to use for those of us who were used to the previous version.

For example, in CS3 the tool palette has 24 buttons for 59 tools.  That’s a lot of tools that aren’t in plain view.  So if you are a casual user of Photoshop or you’ve just upgraded to a new version, you’ve got some hunting to do.

Exploded View of All Tools

To make it easier to find the tool you want, we’ve created a summary sheet containing all the tools in the tool palette.   There’s one for CS3 and one for CS4.  They are printable and offered free for readers of this site.  Here’s a low resolution peek at one of them.

Photoshop CS3 Expanded Tool Palette

Photoshop CS3 Expanded Tool Palette

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Use the box below to enter your first name and email address and we will send you PDF files for both of these summary sheets at no charge.

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