Anyone else get a little giddy when they discover a new time & sanity saving hack? And a little frustrated too….like why I couldn’t have learned this before my last project when I did this 100 times the slow way?
Here are some a Photoshop Hacks that will hopefully make you excited to learn, and maybe even save you some frustration.
Hack #1: Keyboard shortcuts
No, keyboard shortcuts are not just for geeks. Though to be fair, I’m a giant geek and love keyboard shortcuts. Here’s where all those hours of gaming and button mashing have paid off.
But…even if you aren’t a geek like me, knowing just a few keybindings can save you so much time! To quickly select the “Move” tool, you can use V. Z selects the zoom, and you can use the alt/option key to change between zooming in or out. And, my most used keybinding of them all: command or control Z is undo.
Hack #2: Stay Organized
But Elle, I can hear you saying now, I’m creative. I’m not naturally organized!
Now I’m not talking about going crazy here. Some people like to label, color code, and keep everything organized to a T. If that’s you, that’s awesome! But that’s not me – and I’m guessing it’s not a lot of you either.
Here are a few organizing tips that can help save you tons of hassel and frustration in Photoshop:
1. Label your layers – I don’t go crazy and label all of them, but I label what’s important and what might trip me up later.
2. Keep your files organized – Having everything stored in your Downloads folder is not an organizational system. Again, don’t go crazy – but creating a couple folders to keep things straight. At the very least, have an “In Progress” folder for active projects, and an “Archive” folder for files you’re done with but may need in the future.
3. Set up your color swatches – Whether you have clients you work for with branded colors or you run your own business or you just have a project with a specific color scheme, be sure to set up your color swatches inside Photoshop so you have the colors ready to use whenever you need them.
Hack #3: Templates
I run a kids papercraft blog, this blog, and I have a number of clients I work for. And this right here is one of my biggest sanity-savers…templates!
I have 20+ of these on my computer. I typically have one for each type of image for my own blog, as well as any client I’m creating images or ads for. Because each has a different branding – from fonts to colors – having these templates put together, rather than having to create them from scratch every time, helps me create these images so much faster.
Need to whip up 20 different FB ads for a client to look over? No problem!
Have a new papercraft for my Etsy shop I need to create a few different pins to test out? Easy peasy!
Think templates sound amazing, but not sure where to get started? No worries – I’ve got you covered! I have a free Pinterest pin template for you to download and use. It’s full of backgrounds, overlays, and graphics for you to use, plus 5 sample pins you can use to get started. I’ll also send you a video tutorial showing you exactly how to customize it with your own graphics and branding.