I’m sure, like me, there have been times when you’ve been using Photoshop and one of the tools starts doing its own thing and acts completely strange. So what’s a Photoshop user to do when the tools get wierd?

Well the first thing to do is to check in the Options / Control Bar to make sure that the tool isn’t using a setting from the last time you used it. One of the tools where this happens frequently is the Crop Tool. Often we’ll put size settings into the Crop Tool Options, forget about them and then next time we use the Crop Tool it’s making (what seems like) strange constrained shapes.

Crop Tool Photoshop


Sometimes this may not be the case, so what you can do is reset that particular tool (or even all your tools) to their default factory setting. Here’s how you can do that:

Right-click directly onto the downward facing arrow beside the tool icon on the Options Bar. A pop-up menu appears and you can choose to reset just that tool or reset all of your Photoshop tools.


OR (and this is a longwinded way to do the same thing)

  • Click on the downward facing arrow beside the tool
  • Click on the settings button on the drop down menu which appears
  • Choose Reset Tool from the next menu which appears


I hope this helps if you’re searching for a reason why your Photoshop tools are acting up.







Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

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