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A Glossary of Photoshop Terms - "P"

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 10/20/2009

Photoshop terms that begin with the letter P. Find out about the Paint Bucket, palletes, pantone colors, and more.

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    Page Setup dialog box: An area where paper, orientation, and margins can be set and access to the printer properties is available.

    Paint Bucket tool: The Paint Bucket tool fills a closed object with a solid color.

    Palette: These are located on the right side of the interface. They are contained in rectangular boxes and offer tools to help you modify, monitor, and edit images. Palettes are stacked together, and each rectangular box holds two or three separate palettes.

    Palette Well: Located on the options bar in the top-right corner of the interface. Palettes can be dragged from the work area to the Palette Well. This effectively removes the palette from the work area, while keeping the palette handy and easily accessible. You won’t be able to see the Palette Well unless you have your screen resolution set at 1024 x 768 or higher.

    Pantone colors: Industry standard colors that are represented by names and numbers.

    Pantone Matching System (PMS): An ideal way to ensure true colors when you print. Pantone colors include Pantone Yellow, Pantone Red, Pantone Purple, etc., with various shades in between with names like PMS251 and PMS262.

    Paragraph Type: A way to type in paragraphs where all of the letters typed in wrap to new lines based on the size of the bounding box. Using this option, paragraphs of text can be entered, and if more space is required, the bounding box can simply be resized. Compare to point type.

    Paste: This command pastes the selection (from Cut or Copy) into another part of the image or into a new image as a new layer.

    Paste Into: This command pastes a selection into another part of the image or into a new image as a new layer, and the destination’s selection border is converted into a layer mask. You can then decide if you want to apply the mask or discard it.

    Patch tool: Similar to the Healing Brush tool, this allows you to choose a part of the image and use it as a sample for repairing another part of the image. The Patch tool combines the selection power of the Lasso tools with the correction properties of the Healing Brush and other cloning tools.

    <Continue to the next article in this series for more P terms.>