5 Common Photoshop Mistakes and How To Correct Them

December 21, 2013 General, Photography

5 Common Photoshop Mistakes and How To Correct ThemThink you know Adobe Photoshop? Both pros and those new to the software can improve their skills by watching out for common mistakes that can slow you down, interrupt your work flow and impede your creativity. Take a look at these five surprisingly common errors and see if you can correct them in your own work.

1. Not Using Shortcuts

Learning shortcuts can save you a serious amount of time when editing your photos. To get started, check out this list of shortcuts issued by Adobe Help. It’s pretty extensive, so just focus on the tasks you use most often, such as Selecting Tools, Layers and Brushes. If these keyboard combos seem awkward to use, you can always create your own through the “Keyboard Shortcuts” link located under the “Edit” tab.

2. Ignoring Layers

Some new designers fail to create enough layers or ignore the layers feature altogether, thinking it’s easier to work without it. Layers, of course, make it much easier to edit a project. Make sure to organize your layers into folders so you can easily find the information you need. Paying attention to layers can save you the hassle of having to restart your design from the beginning and give you the ability to go back and change things in your design at a later date.

3. Eyeballing It

Don’t make the mistake of trying to eyeball alignment in Photoshop. Use the guides and grids that the tool provides. It might be easier to just judge it yourself, but the result will have a much more professional feel to it if you use the Grid tool. You even can combine the Grid tool with the Snap tool to help align objects along subdivisions. Also, check out the settings section of the Grid tool. You can set it up to measure in inches, pixels or other units to best suit your project.

4. Over Editing

Whether it’s smoothing out skin or removing clutter from the background, over editing is one of the most common mistake Photoshoppers can make. An over-edited photo just looks fake and over-processed. It can be difficult to strike a balance between a well-edited image and one that has gone too far. Your best bet? Take a step back after each modification and really evaluate if it makes your photo look better. If it doesn’t, undo it.

5. Using Photoshop for Every Project

It’s an automatic step for many designers to turn to Photoshop for all their design work, but it isn’t always the perfect tool for every project. Adobe Illustrator can help you create a logo much more efficiently instead, and Adobe Fireworks works best for creating images for the Web. Take a moment to evaluate each individual project and the tools it requires before automatically booting up Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop can help you edit your photos and create beautiful images. However, it does present some common problems that can stump even the most seasoned pros. Just keep your eye out for these mistakes and you will be well on your way to understanding all that this exciting tool has to offer.

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