Are these the five most useless tools in Photoshop?

Nov 18, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Are these the five most useless tools in Photoshop?

Nov 18, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Photoshop has a wide range of tools that let us change our photos in almost every way we can imagine. But some of these tools are completely useless for most of us. In this fun video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect talks about five tools Adobe Photoshop has still kept in its 30-year long life, even though they have become pointless. Some of them are just obsolete, and others have much better alternatives that are also customizable. Let’s see if you still use any of these or you think they’re useless as well.

1. Pencil tool

A funny thing is that the Brush Tool mimics real pencil way better than the Pencil tool does. Using the Pencil tool with the same tip and the same settings looks like you’re drawing in MS Paint.

The Pencil tool is a “dumbed down” version of the Brush tool. It doesn’t have anti-aliasing, so it only paints with sharp and very pixelated edges. It doesn’t support variations in the pressure when using a graphic tablet, and it doesn’t show transparency.

The alternative to the Pencil tool is, as you’ve probably concluded, the Brush tool. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever used the pencil tool in my life.

2. Color Replacement tool

This is another useless tool in the Brush group. It’s used to modify the color of the object, but very destructively. There are many other ways to change the color of something in Photoshop and they’re way better than this. They’re more precise and, more importantly, non-destructive. You can check out some solutions here, here, and here

3. Pattern Stamp tool

Here’s another tool I’ve never used except when I tried to figure out what on Earth it’s supposed to do. It’s under the Clone Stamp group and it simply paints a pattern you choose from the gallery. And once again, pretty destructively. Thankfully, there’s a better way to do it. Create a Pattern adjustment layer, invert the mask, and simply reveal the pattern with a white brush. With this method, you can move the pattern, scale it, or even replace it for a different pattern.

4. Magic Eraser tool

The Magic Eraser tool is yet another tool I’ve also never used and probably my personal favorite when it comes to useless tools. It has more or less the same tolerance as the Magic Wand, only it doesn’t select the area – it deletes it. And it’s tragic rather than magic, as Unmesh jokingly says.

The Magic Wand tool is actually a better way to delete certain areas of the image. You can make a selection with it, adjust it as necessary, and add a mask. This way you can mask out the areas you don’t want in the image without deleting them permanently, and you can always get them back.

5. Rounded Rectangle tool

This one is, logically, under the Rectangle group. It lets you draw a rectangle with rounded edges and adjust their roundness in several ways. That’s all cool – but you can do exactly the same thing with the regular Rectangle tool. So what’s the point of the Rounded Rectangle tool then?

There’s a similar “problem” the Triangle tool. It lets you draw a triangle, ever round its edges the same way as you can with the rectangle. But since you also have a Polygon tool, you can simply draw a polygon with three sides and still get a triangle. I personally never even thought about this… But that’s probably because I’ve only used this tool to draw regular rectangles, circles, and custom shapes for some DIYP thumbnails.

As far as I’m concerned, I could easily live without any of these tools in Photoshop (and probably a few other ones). What about you? Do you also think they’re useless, or you make use of them? Also, would you add any other tools to the list?

[Top 5 Useless Tools in Photoshop! | PiXimperfect]

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10 responses to “Are these the five most useless tools in Photoshop?”

  1. Amanda Rain Avatar
    Amanda Rain

    he is the best photoshop teacher on the net I love his tutorials

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Yup, me too!

  2. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    Whatever is useless for me is not necessarily useless for somebody else.

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      That’s true, that’s why I find this topic pretty interesting :)

  3. Gareth Wild Avatar
    Gareth Wild

    I stopped reading at ‘pen tool’. Literally one of the best tools in Photoshop

    1. Gareth Wild Avatar
      Gareth Wild

      Turns out it’s a typo and should read ‘Pencil’

      1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
        Dunja Djudjic

        Yes, it’s a typo! In Serbian we use the same word for both and I sometimes change one for another in English. Thanks for pointing out tho :)

    2. Richard Williams Avatar
      Richard Williams

      The pen tool is mightier than the sword tool.

      1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
        Dunja Djudjic

        Good one :)

  4. Meng Tian Avatar
    Meng Tian

    Photoshop is the most useless tool to begin with :P