Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

Adobe Photoshop is full of useful tools, some of which you probably won’t ever use. In this quick guide I’ll be showing you photoshops count tool.

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Count Tool? What’s That…

The count tool can be a very useful tool for people who want to keep count of multiple objects in a confusing image. Let’s take a look at an example and how to keep a count. For my example, I want to count how many bricks are used in the image below.

Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

The Count Tool

Select the “Count Tool” (I or Analysis > Count Tool). Once the count tool is selected the following options will become available.

Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

Change the count color to a nice bright color like red, then change the marker size to anything between 1-10 (1 being the smallest and 10 being the largest). Then change the label size to anything between 8 and 72 (8 being the smallest and 72 being the largest).

Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

Now on an image click the parts you wish to count, every left click of the mouse will represent 1 count.

Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

As you can see on the image i counted a total of 20 bricks.

Count Groups

If you had multiple types of something which you wanted to count, you don’t want the counter to continue counting. Select “Create New Count Group”, change the color and size then start counting again.

Getting To Know Photoshop: The Count Tool

You can easily select different count groups that you’ve made from the drop down box from within the menu.


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  1. Swapna
    February 8, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    Something new.. thanks

  2. February 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    This is pretty awesome, I’ve never used the count tool in years of using Photoshop. Are there any other benefits to using this besides keeping a tally of how many objects you’ve counted? May be a silly question, but like I said, I’ve never used it so I’m curious. Thanks!

  3. Wilma Hamlin
    February 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    @Shane, i don’t think there is. But if you do find any other uses be sure to let me know.

    Thanks for the comments

  4. February 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Thought this was a great insight into photoshop. I can safely say I have never used this tool before in photoshop and did not know it existed. This will be a great little tool for me in the future. I love little tutorials like this because it shows me new things that can help me as a designer in the future. I will be looking into this tool and seeing what else it can do for me, if there is anything. Great tutorial and I look forward to you introducing other new things I did not know about photoshop in the future.

  5. February 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I hate being a dolt and I appreciate your tutorial you BUT you fail to mention how to access the count tool?
    I photograph large groups of people and would like to see how well it counts them…

  6. February 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    whoops… I found it….

  7. February 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Nope… I don’t …
    Under the eye dropper I have everything but the count tool… ?

  8. Wilma Hamlin
    February 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Select the “Count Tool” (I or Analysis > Count Tool) or maybe check out

  9. M
    February 18, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    @ Cowboydoug: Count tool is only on Photoshop Extended, so you must have the standard version.

  10. February 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I have used the count tool quite a lot, but with the last update of Phortoshop (CS5.5) it disappeared. It is not under the eyedropper any more, and I can’t find anything named “Analysis”.

  11. August 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Brilliant, I’ve been using PS for years and never even knew about this.

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