Photo editing, graphic designing, video editing and proofing are some things that have become vital for life in these times of technology and smartphones. When the first photo and video craze came in some decades ago there were software created just for the sake of making changes to size, colour, shapes and other things to help your change unsavory things in the image. Photoshop has been in the lead for this purpose ever since its inception. For the beginners using this software it can be mind boggling and confusing, so start using these shortcuts to make it easier on yourself.
i. Make use of regular keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are vital in reducing time and energy moving that cursor around and going down menus to select even some simple option in any software. Try to ease yourself into using shortcuts in PS to reduce the time you use in navigating around.
● V Move tool
● Space bar Temporary hand tool
● B Paintbrush tool
● F Toggle mode for display screens
● E Eraser tool
● Ctrl+J Duplicates a selected layer
● D Change current foreground/background colours to default
● X Swapping foreground and background colors
● S Stamp or clone stamp tool
ii. Activate guides
Usually used for web design in Canterbury, the use of a guide can make it easier for you to space your images or texts and align it perfectly against others. To activate the guides on your canvas click Viewà New Guide. You can decide to go horizontal or vertical depending on your need and the side you want aligning to be done. Ctrl + R makes visible the ruler so that will help your with the sizing of objects.
iii. Adding filters
Different types of filters can be added to any object or photograph in order to make it more eye catching. You can go for the classical black and white, saturation filters, different stroke filters and such. One of the best methods to try when using the filters on your photos only to a certain degree is duplicating the layer, adding the filter and then putting that layer in overlay mode.
iv. Layer cloning
Layer styles are wonderful when you have only one or two to redo. However in things like web design and advertisement creations, layer styles are a pain when you need to add it to the logo in every area or add it to different sets of objects. The easiest way to clone the styles of one layer to another is by pressing Alt on your keyboard and dragging that fx icon that pops up next to your layer (use the layer you want styles copied from) onto the layer you want the style copied to. If you drag the fx icon without pressing Alt key then the style will be moved from the original layer to the next.
While using photo editing software like Photoshop which are created for professionals may seem like a daunting task it is not always the case as there are different users with levels of IT background in the world. And most of the time there are tutorials and help sites made to cater to the beginners and intermediate level users to assist them in learning software.