Monday, February 4, 2008
Follow these tips to finish your image enhancements in less time
Start With The Basics
I sometimes hear photographers say they don't worry too much about composition when taking a photograph because they can fix it in Photoshop! But when you have to fix the image in Photoshop, it always means more work and more time.
You'll make your Photoshop workflow more efficient and less frustrating if you get the best picture possible when you're shooting. For example, too much exposure means difficult highlights to deal with. Too little exposure means problems with noise and color in the dark areas. White-balance problems also can be a time-waster.
Another good example is sharpness. Use a tripod when you need one, choose a fast enough shutter speed to minimize camera shake during exposure and be careful that your autofocus is focusing on the right spot on your subject.
And know when to just say no! Some lighting conditions never make a good photograph and always cause you problems in Photoshop.
Photoshop offers a variety of great tools, but it takes a lot of time to go back and forth, back and forth between what you're working on and the Options toolbar in order to modify a tool. This is especially true with a large monitor.
A better way to access those options is to use a right-click mouse. If you're a Windows user, you've always had a right-click mouse. If you're a Mac user and you don't have a right-click mouse, get one.
The right-click mouse is a useful tool-wherever you're working on a picture, simply press the right button and instantly a context-sensitive menu appears. This menu is specific to the tool you're using. It gives you the options that you need to quickly make any modifications to that tool to work more efficiently. For example, when working with the Brush tool, you can quickly change the size of a brush by right-clicking and accessing the brush size menu.
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