Feeling overwhelmed by Photoshop? What are all those symbols? What are all those tools, what do they even do? If this sounds like you, fear not.

As you may or may not be aware, tool tips are nothing new in Photoshop. In fact, tool tips have been around for quite some time. While the traditional tool tips feature has done a sufficient job thus far, Adobe has created a new way to make your experience easier and more user-friendly. How? They’ve introduced the new “Rich Tool Tips” feature in Photoshop CC 2018.

As this is a new feature, Rich Tool Tips will only be available in the latest version of Photoshop. If you’re a creative cloud subscriber, be sure to keep Photoshop up to date using your Creative Cloud account. For a tutorial on how to make sure you’re always running the latest Adobe programs, see here.

The Difference
When using the traditional tool tips feature (enabled by default), hovering your cursor over a tool in the toolbar, prompts a display including the name of the tool as well as its corresponding keyboard shortcut.

The difference when using the new Rich Tool Tips feature, is when you hover your cursor over a tool, it will display a much larger box that gives you: the name of the tool, the keyboard shortcut for that tool, a description of the tool, and a short animated example of the tool being used.

Rich Tool Tip for the “Crop” tool
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For individuals who are unaware of all of the tools and their functions, this is a great way to begin learning familiarizing yourself.