Learning some Photoshop tricks will speed up your workflow and help you edit your photos more efficiently and achieve better results.
Photoshop is one of the most popular photo-editing software. Probably the most popular. Its powerful features allow you to do pretty much everything imaginable with a digital image.
But from a photography point-of-view, you don’t want to over-edit your photos.
In this article, I’m sharing some easy tips and tricks for Photoshop beginners that you can apply immediately to improve the way your photos look, without reading thousands of words on a blog post.
Related: How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop
So without further ado, let’s see some of the best photoshop tricks right now.
Basic Photoshop Tricks
This section is supported by a quick video on how to get started in Photoshop from the friendly Aaron at Phlearn.
You can either watch the entire video (it’s only 10 min long) or follow along by jumping through the key points I’ve highlighted below.[image class=”pix-video-lightbox video-lightbox” src=”//i.ytimg.com/vi/JpHiWOBQ4dM/sddefault.jpg” link=”true” href=”//www.youtube.com/embed/JpHiWOBQ4dM?rel=0&autoplay=1″ lightbox_video=”true”][lightbox selector=”.video-lightbox”]
Photoshop Adjustment Layers
Adjustment layers 0:41[lightbox selector=”.link-lightbox-1″]
This group of editing tools in Photoshop help following a non-destructive photo editing process. As you can see from Aaron’s video you can modify your image by adding layers without affecting the original image.
Photoshop Layer Masks
Layer masks 3:40[lightbox selector=”.link-lightbox-2″]
Layer Masks are essential to a non-destructive workflow in Photoshop and work with the adjustment layers. They are useful to hide or show certain parts of the adjustment layer itself. If the mask is white it means it’s visible, if it’s black then it’s not invisible. You can use the paintbrush tool to show or hide parts of the layer.
How to Properly Save a Photoshop File
Proper ways to save a Photoshop file 6:48[lightbox selector=”.link-lightbox-3″]
The video shows you how to save a layered file in Photoshop and the difference between a PSD and a JPG file. To save with layers use PSD. JPG is good for uploading to the WEB since it’s a flattened version of your image. JPG is also good for printing.
Before you go
I hope you found these easy Photoshop tips and tricks useful.
Before you go don’t forget to share it with your friends right now!
Stefano Caioni is a photographer from Sydney, Australia. Founder and editor of Pixinfocus, his passion for photography helps him explore new places and live new adventures. Thanks to photography he reconnected with the outdoors and was able to travel the world and take photos of some of the most beautiful places on Earth.