Photoshop has consistently been one of the best-selling graphics manipulations programs since it first came out. But like any good program, its efficiency and effectiveness is only as useful as the knowledge of the person using it.
With programs as comprehensive and feature-rich as Photoshop, things can quickly become confusing. So, if you’re a Photoshop beginner this article was written just for you. Here are the top 5 Photoshop tips for beginners designed to make your experience as profitable as it can be.
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Use Custom Designed Workspaces
Photoshop offers the ability for users to create custom workspaces to meet the needs of specific projects. For instance, you may need several different palettes during the creation of an image; say the text palettes for one layer and the edit palettes for another. You can create custom workspaces that you can switch between with incredible efficiency. Custom workspaces are created by arranging palettes anyway you want followed by clicking Window> Workspace> Save Workspace.
The Undo Command
Undo is both a lifesaver and a good way to see how editing changes affect your image. Ctrl-Z is the standard undo command in Windows, but using this keystroke consecutively actually undoes the undo the second time. This is a great feature if you want to cycle back and forth between the original image and the edited one. But if you need to undo through several steps, use Ctrl-Alt-Z instead. You can control the number of steps saved in the history through the programs preferences settings.
The eyedropper tool is a quick and easy way to choose one caller already present in your image for use with another tool. Simply click on the eyedropper, then move your cursor to the chosen color and left click. You should see the foreground color of the color selection tool change accordingly. Likewise, use the Alt key with the address of tool change background color.
Quick the Zoom
Quickly zooming in and out in a given part of your image can be a big time saver on more complicated projects. To quickly zoom in use Ctrl+ (plus sign); two reverse course use Ctrl- (minus sign). Just be careful not to go too quickly, especially on older machines with limited RAM, as this could cause a system freeze.
Reset Your Color Picker
The color picker tool is represented by your two color squares which are, by default, black in the foreground and white in the background. If any time you lose track of where you are in editing your image, you can reset the color squares to their default settings by simply pressing D. if you want to swap background and foreground colors temporarily you can do so simply by pressing X. This is a handy tool to have when you’re working with text.
Remember that any computer program worth its weight will take some time to learn. So be patient and give it a fair shot. With enough use you’re bound to discover your own tips and tricks for better performance.