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101 Photoshop Power User Tips
1) When trying to do something, see if there's a plug-in that does it for you
There are a lot of things you might want to do with Photoshop, but it would mean tinkering with values and brushes for hours. But sometimes other people wanted to do the exact same thing – in fact several people did, and they created plug-ins and brushes, which they offer for free.
2) Use images in the public property
Most of the known public property images are very old ones, that are in poor quality and in are part of some governmental database. But there are other websites in which amateur photographers, or just plain good people, release good quality photos for people to use – even commercially, without breaking the law.
3) Search for cheap photos
When trying to find a photo that would suit a certain website, it is sometimes hard to find something for free – especially if you're trying to be original and to not repeat other websites' chosen images. To fix that, there are websites of photographers and cartoonists who sell the use of their creations for a small one-time nominal fee.
4) When given a badly photographed image, turn it into black and white
Sometimes a client gives you images you can't use – either because they are so poorly photographed or lit, that they are barely visible, or because their quality doesn‚Äôt fit the rest of the photos you have, and any modifications would be visible. In that case turn the photo into a gray one, or purely black and white in the worst cases.
5) When trying to make something pop, blur everything else
Sometimes you need to make an ordinary every day object attractive and visible. One way to do that – which could have been done while photographing the object, but can also be done in Photoshop – is to make everything else around it blurry, and to turn the brightness of the object up a bit.
6) Use depth of field to make people prominent
Sometimes you are given pictures shot on a simple digital camera by an amateur, at some event. They provide as much detail of the dirt in the background as they do of the person being photographed. To fix that you need to add a depth of field, which will make the person more prominent in the photo.
7) Only have negatives? Scan them as is
A lot of people make the mistake of spending lots of money to get their negatives developed, which leaves them with a lot of photos they don't need. Instead you can scan the negatives using a process you can easily repeat. It will give you quality images, which you will be able to easily edit.
8) Always keep the raw layers
It might seem stupid, since often times the effect you wanted to achieve has been achieved, but saving the detailed layer files as well as the output is smart, even though it will take up more space. In different projects you might want to do what you succeeded to do in one of the layers – so you won't have to do it again.
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