Whether you’re currently enrolled in our introductory Photoshop course or you’re an advanced Photoshop user, there are numerous industry “tricks” that can help you work more efficiently and utilize the program to its full potential.
We’ve compiled three of our favorite insider tips to share:
1. Get a Graphics Tablet
If you’re unfamiliar with graphics tablets, they allow greater precision in creating digital elements or editing images. Used in place of, or in addition to your mouse, tablets are touch-sensitive drawing surfaces that translate your hand-drawn motions into digitized graphics.
They are ideal for making detailed edits, digital painting, or creating custom graphics.
2. Use Hot Key Stickers or Printed Reference Guides
If you’re new to Photoshop and still haven’t quite figured out how to quickly access the tools you need, you can print reference guides or purchase hot key stickers that help you quickly access shortcuts to edit photos, create graphics, or lay out websites.
If you opt for hot key stickers, they can be applied directly to your keyboard and can be removed with ease.
3. Take Advantage of Adobe iPad Apps
In addition to their famed software, Adobe has recently released some notable iPad applications.
Adobe Color Lava lets you mix colors as if you were using a paint palette, allowing you to organically create color, rather than using hex values or a RGB scale. You can then import your colors into Photoshop.
Adobe Eazel allows you to use your fingers to create and paint directly on your iPad screen and later import your creation into Photoshop.
Adobe Nav lets you control your Photoshop application directly from your iPad, enabling you to utilize your iPad as a second monitor or access your designs from various locations (so long as your devices remain connected to your wireless network).
Adobe Kuler allows you to use your iPad’s camera to obtain hex values from your surroundings. It also uses this real world color to generate custom color palettes for your works.
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