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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.