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How to use the Toolbox:
To choose a tool whose icon is currently
visible, click once on its icon. Press and drag to choose a hidden tool from a pop-out menu. Or choose a tool using its shortcut (study the next two pages). If you forget
a tool's shortcut, just leave the cursor over
the tool icon for a moment, and the Tool
tip will remind you. 1 Press Shift and the
same shortcut key to cycle through hidden, related tools, or Alt-click/Option-click the currently visible tool.
Choose attributes for a tool-like a blending mode or opacity percentage-from its Options palette 3. Double-click a tool to bring the Options palette to the front of
its group (and also open the palette if it isn't already open) or press Enter/Return if the tool is already highlighted. You can also customize some tools using other palettes, such as Brushes, Swatches, or Color.
Options palette settings will remain in effect for an individual tool until you change them or reset the tool or the Tool palette to its default settings. To restore a tool's default settings, click the tool, then choose Reset Tool from the Options palette command menu. Choose Reset All Tools from the Options palette command menu to restore the default settings for all tools. You can choose whether a tool cursor looks like its Toolbox icon or a crosshair in File menu > Preferences > Display & Cursors.
If you try to use a tool incorrectly, a cancel icon will appear.Double-click with the tool in the image window to make an explanation appear. If you choose Current Tool from the Status bar drop-down menu in the lower left corner of the application/image window, the name of the currently selected tool will appear there.