When you’re using software such as Photoshop or comparable programs to edit your photos, there are plenty of tips and tricks that can save a huge amount of time if you learn them early. Some things you will probably pick up by yourself over time as you learn from your mistakes, because if things go wrong you can find yourself wasting a lot of time trying to find your own workarounds for issues.
Fortunately, you can benefit from our experience! Regardless of what software you’re planning to use, here are some of our top tips for working with photo editing software.
A simple mistake to make if you’re new to advanced image editing software like Photoshop is to ignore layers and just work on one flat image. The problem with that is every action you take permanently overwrites what was there before. If you use a new layer each time you tackle a new area of your image or a new effect, you can experiment with switching on or off different elements and moving things around until you get it right.
You should make sure you set up your software so it remembers a fairly long list of actions. This allows you to “undo” multiple times if you realise you made a mistake earlier, and sometimes you can take snapshots of the current state of your document so you can revert to a particular stage later. This is a good idea when you’re about to make significant changes to multiple layers.
If you need to correct a large number of photos in the same way, for example to fix an issue with colouring or some other inconsistency, you don’t have to manually repeat your actions over and over again. Most advanced photo editing tools will allow you to record actions and automate them with a batch of files, so the software will automatically work through and apply the exact same changes to each file. This can save a huge amount of time!
The best thing you can do to help yourself with photo editing is to stay organised. Don’t dump all your images into one mixed folder. Instead, organise them properly before you start working and make sure everything is saved in a sensible location. This means when you move onto more advanced photo library management such as tagging and sorting, you have a good basis to build on.
5) Be creative
Ultimately the goal of any photo editor is to improve on the images they start off with. Software provides all the tools you need to make changes, but generally it won’t give you any pointers on where to start. You’ll need to use your creativity, be adventurous and experiment with different tools until you get the desired effect.