Most photographers use photo editing software to post-process their images. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editing tools out there and the preferred choice for many photographers.
Make no mistake about it, Adobe Photoshop can be a little tricky when it comes to creating an efficient post-production workflow, and it can be a little harder to get started with than Lightroom Classic, for example. Let’s take a look at some practical and actionable tips and tricks that will help you use Photoshop’s features more efficiently and accurately. Let’s dive in!
Learn keyboard shortcuts
Learning to use keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys is by far the fastest way to speed up the photo editing process. Most Photoshop tools can be accessed by pressing a key or series of keys at the same time without using the mouse.
You no longer have to scroll through different tabs and menus to get a task done. If you take some time to learn and practice all of the keyboard shortcuts Photoshop offers, it’s a fair trade for the efficiency you get for doing them. Remember that saving time during the editing process often means saving money.
Once you start post-processing, you will surely be repeating similar tasks multiple times. For example, duplicating or renaming a layer, activating a blend mode, and applying a particular filer can make your editing session lengthen and lengthen. Because the more time you spend at the computer, the less time you spend shooting.
Instead, instead of repeating the same steps over and over, create an action. A Photoshop Action is essentially a file with a series of recorded steps that you can bring up with the push of a button.
If there’s one thing that can really speed up your editing workflow, it’s Photoshop Actions. They are a breeze.
Batch resizing photos
Resizing photos is one of the most common things almost all photographers do.
If you are unfamiliar with resizing stacks, you are doing it wrong. Resizing individual photos can add hours and hours of work that you can save by applying one simple action to a large number of images.
You’ll have to use a script – but don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
First navigate to “fileMenu, then look for the “script“Menu. You will then find the“Image processor, ”Who will still have some options.
You can easily run the script on all of the photos you just have open, or you can apply the script to one of the folders. Photoshop also lets you choose the exact folder where you want to save the size of the photos.
Organization of Photoshop layers
Having your Photoshop layers organized will save you time in the long run, although it may take time to get everyone organized. So this is a compromise.
Personally, I prefer to always name my layers correctly because it allows me to navigate precisely in the layer I want to work on without having to look up each layer individually. You can easily rename any layer by double-clicking the layer’s text in the Layers panel. The Layers panel can get out of hand very quickly. However, if you always name your layers right away, the whole process will soon become second nature and you will thank them later.
Photoshop also allows you to create separate groups of different layers. All you need to do is select the layers you want in a specific group, right click them and click “Group from Layers”. If you’re good at keyboard shortcuts (which you should; see the first point in this article), navigating between layers and groups should be a breeze.
Customizing menus is one of my favorite features Photoshop has. This not only allows you to get to a particular menu very quickly, it also allows you to rearrange the panels. Photoshop also lets you hide certain elements that you don’t use and color code the elements you use most.
You might not save as much time as the shortcuts or actions, but you don’t have to go through all of the menus to find the tool you want.
All you have to do is to “windowTab, thenWorkplace“To find that”Keyboard shortcuts and menusAbility. You can change any menu you want and add custom keyboard shortcuts for easier access as you work.
Remember that if you change the default keyboard shortcuts, you are alone. The standard links that came with Photoshop have become the standard. So I advise you to learn the built-in ones instead of changing them.
Once you learn the basics of Photoshop, your efficiency will improve. I hope these tips and tricks can help you choose the features that work best to speed up your workflow.