Count Tool in Photoshop Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

Count tool in Photoshop - a quick guide to how to use the feature and how to add groups, remove, add etc.

** Youtube video tutorial on the Photoshop count tool and how to use it to add markers on your image **

count tool in the toolbar and added to the doucment

1. Where is the count tool

The Photoshop count tool can be found in the toolbar. The exact location may vary as the tool can be re-position via the customization of the toolbar and it may also be found in the extras sections down at the the bottom of the toolbar. It doesn't come with any options that can be displayed when you double click the icon.

count tool in toolbar

However, the options are available along the top bar of the application where you can set the colors as well as the marker size and the label size etc

markers and label sizes for the count tool

2. Basic use of the count tool.

The count tool can be used by simply clicking the current image in different locations. It is a great way to add references to an image. Select the tool. Click the Photoshop document to add a count marker / label

mark with 1 number one

3. Adding a count and moving and deleting the entries

Select the count tool and click in the document and you will see a 1 added. Click somewhere else with the tool and you will see a number two and then click again to generate a number three and so on. Hold down the alt / option key down and hover over the 1 You will see 1- etc and click and then the number one is deleted.

4. Deleting counts / removing them by using the count tool in Photoshop

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.

5. Moving counts throughout the document

You can move the count, it is not cast in stone. Select the count tool. Hover over a count and click the count and move the item. Have to say it is not the easiest operation as you have to avoid getting the plus to appear and then move the marker / label.

6. Constraining the position of the counts / markers

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).

alignment of the numbering system in the image

You could, of course, simply display a set of guide lines via the view menu and new guide layout and add the markers and labels to the intersections of the lines of the guides

using the guides to create a nice alignment for the markers

7. Changing colors of the counts in Photoshop etc

You 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.


Click the tool and Go to the top bar and Go to the count group color (next to the clear and marker size) and Set the color from blue to black etc. Set the marker size. Set the label size for the tool in Photoshop

** Youtube video tutorial on the tool and changing the colors and names etc of the groups and deleting them and more **

8. Count tool and groups of counts - count group 1 and count group 2 etc

You 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 markers / labels are independent as well so you can set up a new 1 2 3 etc 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 drop down


Select the tool and Click document with the count tool. Repeat with multiple clicks group 1). Go to the top bar. Click little folder button (next to the waste bin and eye button). Give your group a name and then click OK. Click document in Photoshop with tool selected and continue.

9. Measurement log

The details of the generated markers and labels can be recorded to the measurement log (found in the window menu). Add the markers etc and then click the record measurements and an entry will be added to the log. Sadly it does not record the location of the marker but it does record the existence of them.