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A Glossary of Photoshop Terms - "T"

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 10/19/2009

Photoshop terms that begin with the letter T. Find out about TIFF, tolerance, toolbox, and more.

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    Third-party color separation software: Software you purchase from a third-party company not affiliated with Adobe. This software can create color separations automatically, using macros to do the work that you’d normally have to do, among other things.

    TIFF files: Tagged Image File Format files (also called TIF files) that are widely used files in graphic design. TIFF files are raster-based and support almost all color spaces. TIFF files can be compressed using a lossless compress scheme, making them better for saving than JPEG files.

    Tolerance: This option is available with several tools and used to set how “tolerant" a tool is with regard to the colors with which it is working. For instance, when using the Paint Bucket tool to fill an area with color, the tolerance level determines how close the color must be to the original color (where you click) before it gets filled. Values can be from 0 to 255. A lower number only fills colors very similar to where you click; a higher number fills a broader range of colors. Tolerance can also be set for the Magic Eraser tool, the Art History Brush, and the Magic Wand tool.

    Tool Presets palette: Lets you load, save, and replace tool preset libraries for quick reference. Saving custom preset tools allows you to reuse these tools without recreating them each time. Each tool in the toolbox has its own icon in the left corner of the options bar, and there is a down arrow beside it. Clicking on this arrow brings up the tool presets. Here, you can save and reuse tools and tool settings, as well as load, edit, and create libraries of tools you use most often.

    Toolbox: Located on the left side of the screen, it’s where you’ll find the tools you need to create your artwork and perform editing tasks. From the toolbox you can access the selection tools, Shape tools, Type tools, the Crop tool, Eraser tools, Zoom tools, and more.

    Tracking: Tracking keeps equal amounts of space across an entire range of letters, such as in a paragraph.