Adobe CS5 Common Tools - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Part of Adobe CS5 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Adobe CS5 is full of tools, most identified with little icons that hint at their functions. For example, use the tool that looks like a brush if you want to create brush marks. (Smart, huh?) Peruse this table that shows the most common Adobe CS5 tools and what each one does.

Tool What You Can Do with It
Selection Select elements in the document.
Marquee Select elements in a document using a rectangular or oval
shape.
Lasso Make freehand selections in a document.
Magic Wand Select similar adjoining colors in a document.
Pencil Make freehand solid marks (with a hard edge) in the
document.
Pen Create vector paths in a document.
Brush Create painterly brush marks in the document; brushes vary in
size, shape, and pattern.
Text Add text to the document.
Shape Create various shapes in the document.
Scale Increase or decrease the scale (size) of an element in
the document.
Hand Move the contents of the document for viewing purposes.
Zoom Change the magnification of the document.