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4 Fail-Safe Tips For Your Photoshop Workflow

by Lisa Carney
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Mastering Photoshop gives you full creative control over your imagery. On the CreativeLive blog Lisa Carney shares essential tips for improving your Photoshop workflow.

Photoshop. It’s inspiring. It’s intimidating.

And there’s buried treasure hidden inside. It’s my mission to help you find
it.

I’m not talking about mastering every tiny, excruciating detail of PS. I’m
talking about skipping right to the hidden gold. Hidden gold I’ve discovered
through 25 years of relying on PS as an industry professional.

The key to unlocking the mysteries of PS is learning HOW to work in it,
rather than memorizing every bell and whistle. And whoa, there are a LOT of
them.

Buying PRESETS is a popular short cut, which is cool. They certainly get the
job done until they don’t. Ever had a preset stop working after a PS
update?  Yeah, me too. Hope you weren’t on a hard deadline, because wow, now
you’re hosed.  Once you learn the HOW of PS, you can create your own
effects. Drive your own creativity.

Mastering Photoshop gives you full creative control over your imagery. On the CreativeLive blog Lisa Carney shares essential tips for improving your Photoshop workflow.

Photoshop and I are going through a new renaissance of discovery. I’m
finding new functions and techniques and using them in new ways to create my
visions faster and easier and under MY control, in a way I can change or
replicate any time, no matter what changes are made to the program.
I’d love to take you along on this new journey.

Here are few tips I’d like to share about my current workflow:

1. Libraries.

OY I love them so. Adobe libraries allow me to save in the
cloud my favorite brushes, Color corrections, textures, lens flares. I call
it my Bag o Tricks. Seriously saves me a ton o time. In addition you can
COLLABORATE and share you libraries with other folks working on your
projects no matter where they are on the planet earth. (as long as they have
internet).


Are you ready to turn your photograph into a work of art? Lisa Carney shows you how in her latest class, Working with Brushes in Photoshop CC. Learn more.


2. Action keys.

I now set up actions for all my most common uses. now your
action palette can become kinda a crazy and full – So I save out ACTIONS
sets that I just use per job. For example I have actions for my BEAUTY jobs
and a WHOLE different set of actions when I am doing my comping design for
entertainment. I like to keep my workspace clean and simple. My closet might
be a mess.. but no one needs to know that ; )-.

3. Third party plug-ins.

Don’t be afraid of 3rd party plug-ins (and I am talking plug ins here not
presets). There are some amazing ones out there. I have a few favorites from companies that have reliably stayed current with all the Adobe upgrades.

Check out, in particular, ALLIEN SKIN (we will be reviewing some aspects of
that in the upcoming FILTER class). In particular I LOVE EyeCandy for making
Beveled/Chrome type and they have an Awesome BACKLIGHT effect.

4. Experiment

Try to think outside the box every now and again. Try a function in a new
way. For example. Did you know you can make HAIR out of the FLAME render.
Its pretty cool.  Just:

1. Make a new blank layer.

2 Draw a path for where you want the hair to go (start from the crown).

3 Then go to FILTER>Render>Flame.

Make sure you chose  option 1. one flame along path. You can chose to change the flame color OR just do a bunch of flaming hair and change the color later.

Most importantly experiment. Its the best way to learn.


Are you ready to turn your photograph into a work of art? Lisa Carney shows you how in her latest class, Working with Brushes in Photoshop CC. Learn more.


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Lisa Carney

I am a retoucher, primarily in Entertainment and Beauty industry.