Photoshop Elements Toolbox uses the same space for similar tools. Learn how to access these tool with keyboard shortcuts.
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Essential Photoshop Elements
Video Tutorials On Photoshop Elements
With your host Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson: In this video, we are going to look at nested tools in the toolbox and keyboard shortcuts for accessing them. So I'm going to click once on the top of my tool box and put it into two column mode, so we can see all the tools at one time.
First of all, notice in the toolbox that some tools have little black arrows next to them. That indicates that the tool shares that space with other tools. You can see all the tools that share that space, if you click and hold down the mouse button on that tool. If I go to the rectangular in Marquee tool and click and hold the mouse button you will see it shares that space with the Elliptical Marquee tool. By the way once it shows the nested tools, you can let go the mouse button and it will continue to display them all until you click on one. Notice over to the right of the tool name it shows a letter. In this case it's M and notice that it's M for both rectangular Marquee tool and for the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Let's click on the Elliptical Marquee tool and now that becomes the active tool in the toolbox and I'm going to click on the hand tool right above it and let say we want to get to the rectangular Marquee tool. So first, I'll press the letter M and that will make the Elliptical Marquee tool active because that's the one showing, so get to the nested one I press M again and now the rectangular Marquee tool is my active tool.
Now you know a quick shortcut for getting to your nested tools. For lots more helpful information on Photoshop Elements visit my website at essential-photoshop-elements.com. Until next time, take care.