What is one of the best things about Photoshop?
The amount of functions available to you, the user.
What is one of the worst things about Photoshop?
The amount of functions available to you, the user!
If you are new or fairly new to Photoshop, one of the challenges of using the program is its overall complexity. Most of the time, you will only need to use 10% to 15% of Photoshop’s functionality to achieve the results you want.
I’d suggest employing the K.I.S.S. method. K.I.S.S stands for “Keep It Super Simple”. Start with the basics of Photoshop, and grow into other functions as you need them. Sometimes, less is more.
Now, I’m speaking primarily to photographers, rather than “digital artists”. If all you are trying to do is make a “killer” print from your digital image, do you really need to know how to create rotating and flashing text, or how to put goats heads on human bodies? Doubtful, so grow into those functions if and when you need them.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Get “Back to the Basics” – Focus on what makes a good print – See my post on this for more on the subject.
- Standardize your Workflow – Make a checklist – Start with “Open File”, “Convert from RAW”, “Duplicate Image”, and so on – – Write it down, laminate it, and follow it!
- Use the Internet as a source for tutorials, “how-to’s”, etc., such as this blog — for instance, subscribe to my RSS feed (shameless plug!).
- Take Notes on What Works – If it works, write it down – I have a file cabinet full of stuff that works.
So, what works for you in keeping things simple and on track? Leave a comment – let’s hear it!