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Few Common Mistakes In Photoshop

Photoshop is an amazing software which gives any user the ability to create stunning digital art. Anyone can start on it but amongst the new users I see lots of mistakes which should not be happening. I believe this mistakes are as a result of them wanting to do everything in one art.

This article is not about tips and tricks but the focus of this articles in on what NOT TO DO in photoshop. Avoid this mistakes listed and you should do fine with your artwork.

Not Using Layers and Folder

Photoshop is based around the concept of working in Layers. I have seen many new users neglect working on new layers and then regretting their choice later. I adhere to the policy of doing each and every change on a new layer this way it is easier to edit, move, duplicate or delete, etc.

Grouping the layers in a folder based on your workflow also helps in navigating through large PSDs. Naming each layer and folder helps you identify easily when you need to go back to certain layer to re-edit it. This will help save lot of time and headaches.

Not Using Grids and Guides

Grids and Guides are for a reason, they are not for show. Its amazing how almost everyone claims to have “the eye” but trust me we often don’t have the correct alignment. Grids and guides will help a lot, so use them.

Not Learning Shortcuts

“Shortcut – A path between two points that is faster than the commonly used paths; A method to accomplish something that omits one or more steps”

Shortcuts save a lot of time, no matter which program you use learning the shortcuts is a must. Not only will this save time but your workflow will get faster. Photoshop also allows you to customize your shortcuts.

Abusing and Overusing Filters

I have seen many new artist use all the available filters in one art work. Even I was obsessed with them when I started out. Agreed they are fun and easy way to work and can at times give good results. Using them does not make you a great photoshop artist, instead it shows your amateurish level. Using discretion when using filters don’t overuse them.

Jarring Colours

Always know your colour theory, don’t use jarring colours. Art work should be such that the focus is on the art and not the colours used.

Working under 300dpi for Print

Most new users fall into the trap of working in 72 dpiTypically 300 dpi is best for print but always confirm with the printer.

When working with 72dpi users assume that they can always increase the pixel resolution and it will be fixed, but on printing the picture will appear pixelated.

Abusing and Overusing Blending Options

Similar to filters, beleved or embossed text and work will certainly mark you out as a amateur. Unless you have very strong reasons of using them stay away from them.

Using drop shadows should also be used with utmost care. Make sure you have the shadows in the right direction according to the lighting. Also they should be soft and subtle not harsh and overpowering.

Creating Logos in Photoshop

Though this an debatable point, I believe logos should be created in vector based programs like Adobe Illustrator. The main disadvantage of creating logos in photoshop is that when resizing them you will loose the quality and the image will appear pixelated.

Adobe Illustrator – An Industry Standard Vector Graphics Software

Introduction

Hello friends… I am back with something more regarding vector graphics. Up till now we have seen what are vector graphics & how they are used. Then we saw that where vector graphics are used & what are their different uses. Now we will see how vector graphics are created & edited. What are vector graphic file formats & other things related to vector. Lets enter into a new dimension of vector graphics.

The Software

There are many vector graphics editing & creating software in the market nowadays. For example Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Macromedia Free-hand etc. Today we will discuss & know about a leading vector graphics software called Adobe Illustrator.

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Adobe Illustrator  is a vector graphics software developed & marketed by Adobe Systems Inc. USA. This was a complimentary software of Adobe Photoshop series of raster graphic software. Illustrator was first developed for the Apple Macintosh Inc. in year 1986. Then the software became popular & it kept on developing resulting into its fourteenth edition out today.

In year 1988 Adobe Illustrator’s first version was commercially launched which was called Adobe Illustrator88. This was its basic version but still had a lot of features & tools. This version typically made to support Macintosh platform. Following this Adobe also developed Illustrator to support platforms like sun solaris, NeXT, Silicon Graphics IRIX etc but they were discontinued as a result of poor sales.

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In early 1990 Adobe launched the second edition of Adobe illustrator in Macintosh platform named Illustrator  1.1 followed by another version called Illustrator 3.0.  Then Adobe took a leap & went ahead to launch a Windows platform based version of Illustrator & launched Illustrator 2.0 for Windows. Then next version for windows came which was version 4.0, but it got highly criticized because of similarities with Macintosh versions 7 Illustrator’s biggest market competitor The Corel Draw Graphics Suite. Adobe was pretty successful with Macintosh versions of Illustrator thus it launched version 5.0 for Macintosh in 1933.

After a big failure with the windows version Adobe worked upon the UI (User Interface) & functionality & came up with Illustrator 6.0 in 1996.  This version also failed in making something for the company. Still the 6.0 version was updated to a great extent. The biggest leap Adobe got in 1997 with launch of Illustrator version 7.0. This was a lot better 7 professional version of illustrator. Users were now being able to standardize themselves on Illustrator. From this period itself Adobe Illustrator was a standard software for vector illustrations.

Later adobe created history by acquiring Free-hand, an another vector tool, & initializing on Adobe Pagemaker. Although free-hand was sold to Macromedia after sometime. Adobe added some more extraordinary feature like web publishing, Raster previewing, PDF (Portable Document Format) & SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) compatibility etc & launched Illustrator 9.0. This version also include some features like tracing.

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Adobe now wanted something to boost up its sales & popularity of Illustrator & Adobe got it int the form of the Creative Suite (CS) series of Illustrator. Its 11th version The Adobe illustrator CS was launched in 2003 followed by CS2, CS3 & CS4. The creative suite series was technically advanced & well configured to match the needs of the illustrators. Today the latest version of Adobe Illustrator is CS4. This is its fourteenth version & still the software is growing.

For me as a vector artist & Adobe Illustrator user, this is the best software in terms of use, UI, tools, functionality & Quality up till now amongst the vector editing software i have used. I hope this article will help you know the software well & respect the art in you.

File Format(s)

Adobe Illustrator supports almost every file format associated with images. The official Illustrator file format is .AI. This is the standard file format invented by Adobe for Illustrators users. This file format saves the whole project as it as & it is supported by all versions of this software.