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Count Tool in Adobe ® Photoshop

Count tool in Photoshop - a quick guide to how to use the feature in CC 2017 2015 CS6 etc

Photoshop Count tool basics

count tool in PhotoshopA useful way of adding lists to your images (such as perhaps a powerpoint guide) as well as just marking perhaps certain points of interest in the image for reference purposes or perhaps as a reminder for some work later or perhaps as a way of selecting the number of the same designs or colors in an image or perhaps counting the brushes added or shapes added or perhaps use the count tool as an element in the design itself (though this does require a snapshot of the screen to achieve as there is no count tool merge with the layer feature or use the count tool in Photoshop with the measurements feature. I am certain you can see your own uses for the count tool as well.


count tool Photoshop toolbarThe count does have an automatic feature which will be discussed in a future article


The count tool is in the toolbar as 123


Adding a count and moving and deleting etc

1) Select the count tool


2) click in the document and you will see a .1 added.


3) Click somwhere else with the count tool and you will see a .2 and so on.


OK, once you have your count in the Photoshop document, what can you do with it - well, you can delete it by holding down the alt / option and a little minus sign will appear when you hover over the count and you can then click it to remove it.


You can also clear them all in a second by clicking the clear button. Once you delete or clear the count, all the other counts will shuffle down one.


You can move the count, it is not cast in stone. Click with the count tool on the required number and move it to a new position. You can can also hold down the shift key to hold it in vertical and horizontal. Personally, I wish there were a little more such as perhaps a grid feature or alignment and distribution features (especially useful if you want to create a basic powerpoint list (though I would assume it may be better just use to the type tool for that and create points and align and distribute those layers).


Changing colors of the counts in Photoshop etc

count tool color photoshopYou can keep them blue but you can but you can turn them all red via the count tool color setting or any other color. Useful if you are using the count tool with groups.


You can also set the count size (the number) by the label setting and the little dot (the marker for the count) size via the marker setting.


You can also make all the counts disappear by clicking the eyeball button.


Count tool and groups

Yocount groups for Photoshopu can also set up a new count group for the counts (click the folder icon) and change the color for those and the marker and label size (these are independent so group 1 can have different settings to group 2 etc). Once you are working in group 2 then the counts are independent as well so you can set up a new 1 2 3 etc count.


You can still select the group one etc counts though and move them and delete them though any adding of new counts will be added to the current selected group which can be set via the group combo dropdown


Sadly, there is no count panel to show the information such as color and positon of the counts and groups nor is there any auto drop or merge feature into Photoshop. Nor does the counts move with rotation etc of the document / image. A comp feature would also be nice.


Other tutorials

You can find other tutorials about Photoshop and the tools in Photoshop such as How to use the Displace filter (displacement maps) in Photoshop Tutorial and a useful guide to Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Tutorial and how to use the feature for quick access to commands


Other resources

You can find many tools on the site such as custom shapes sets for Photoshop such as zoom custom shapes and effect lines as well as additional sets such as wave and wavy (and harlequin design) custom shapes


Youtube video on the count tool

Basics of the count tool (youtube)