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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Fresh Trends, Photoshop, Tutorials

10 Common Mistakes Beginners Make in Photoshop and How to Avoid Them

Article by Agmarie Calderón Alonso

We take a look at 10 common mistakes beginners make in Photoshop and how they can be avoided to ensure more efficient use of the program. 

Photoshop CC is an amazing program for anyone who wants to be creative in a different way, such as making design boards for presentations or playing around with digital media. Either way Photoshop is a unique tool to use, it is the new way of drawing. Don’t get me wrong; drawing with pen and paper is always good (never miss a classic), but trying to apply new techniques in any design is a thrill and an achievement.

In the first place, I suggest you take a course on the subject at hand; it is always good to have a tutor, someone who knows the program and what it can and can’t do. Also search different tutorials on the internet.

With that said, I will explain the 10 common mistakes beginners make in Photoshop and how to avoid them:

Mistakes Beginners Make in Photoshop

1. Learn the Program

Do not start using without any type of knowledge of Photoshop. If you are going to draw or write with it, you need to understand how everything works. Like I said before, take a course or watch some tutorials, so you can get familiar with the program.

Here is a video, about 6 minute long, with a visualization about the program

WATCH >>> Photoshop Tutorial – 1 – Introduction and Basic Tools

2. Always Click SAVE

NEVER use this program and continue to work on your file without hitting the save icon or its alias CTRL+S. This is a must, not only on Photoshop but with every computer program. Most of today’s technology has a method of file recovery, but if not, SAVE will be your lesson.

3.  Name the Layers

Do not start adding layers to your work without knowing what they are, because you will erase a layer that you were not supposed to. Once you have created a layer, automatically name it.

WATCH >>> Photoshop CS3 Tutorial: Layers for Beginners

4. Use Shortcuts

Once you learn how everything works on the program, you can use it faster by applying the alias to the commands. For example: You do not need to go to the toolbar and find zoom in or zoom out, just use CTRL+ (zoom in) and CTRL- (zoom out). Let your fingers be the pen on your masterpiece.

WATCH >>> Top 10 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts | Photoshop Tutorial

5. Same Font & Different Sizes

When deciding to put words in your work, always choose a font that is easy on the eye. Also think about the presentation; if it is something that will be on display, you should use a reasonable size of text so people can read it from afar. There are 3 common sizes, depending on the work; 24 for titles, 18 for subtitles and 14 for the information.

6. Not Everything has to be Photoshopped

When realizing what you can do with this program, do not go overboard with it. There are some things that can be useful to do in Photoshop, but not every picture or presentation has to be blown out of proportion. Use the program with the things that are absolutely necessary; for example: in a design presentation, adjust the colors of a photo you found online. Do not crop and retouch an image and use it as your own, that’s wrong and simply irresponsible on your part.

WATCH >>> (Funny) 10 Worst Political Photoshop Fails

7. Use Guide Lines

When trying to display an image or drawings, try always to use the guide lines that the program has given you. It’s easier to match the spaces and everything looks organized. Do not use measurement by eye, it is not that precise in this program.

Image by Agmarie Calderón Alonso

Using guidelines. Image by Agmarie Calderón Alonso

8. Save in PSD and JPEG format

Once you decide you have finished with your work, always save a PSD copy, this one will save the work with each layer as it is. Then save it as a JPEG copy; with this one you can save your work as an image; it will merge your layers. A JPEG is easier to send to printing because it compress the information, it is not a large file. Also having saved your work as a PSD file, if you decide to change something on it, you actually still can, contrary to the one in JPEG format.

9. Save a Color

I always suggest that when deciding on colors for representation, that once you know the correct color, hit left-click with the mouse onto the swatches area, where a window will appear so you can fill the name of that specific color.

WATCH >>> How To Save Color Sets On Photoshop

10. Excessive Editing

When trying to edit a photo or drawing, do not go overboard. Try to minimize the use of Photoshop, because it will alter the results and will not look good. Beginners sometimes do not understand this part, that it is ok to edit what you’re doing but if you do it excessively, everything looks distorted.

I hope these tips help you better understand the Photoshop program, and how to avoid some common mistakes. Also you can go to the internet and check out different tutorials about the program, some are few minutes and others are a bit longer, but very useful.

It is an awesome program to have in your computer, very useful and user-friendly. I also recommend that you download the Adobe version, and if you have an account with them, that’s even better.

What other common mistakes do you know, that people could avoid?

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