Here is a collection of some common Photoshop mistakes done by both beginners and experts. Some of these might not be actually "mistakes" rather failure to use the features offered by Photoshop and some of these are using these features incorrectly. Read along to see if you tend to commit one of these mistakes over and over, does any of these sound familiar with your own experience?
- Failing to use Shortcuts
It is much important to learn almost all the shortcuts to save time.Learning these shortcuts is not easy but it will be efficiently help you.You can also create your own keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop by selecting Edit and then Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Forgetting to save regularly
The frequent mistake that most of the people make is forgetting to save the work. So, make this habit and save your work regularly to retain every data.
- Not using layers and folders
Layers are used to make a project easier to edit and more. Most of the beginners fail to create enough layers and later they regret for their slower starting.
Most of the professional and experienced designers know how to escape from that trap. It may be a lot of unnecessary work, but it will help you to organize your project and saves your time.
- Making permanent adjustments
Making permanent adjustments to the pixels within projects without the ability to go back and change things at a later time is a huge mistake. By using Layer Masks, you can re edit which is not possible with eraser tool.
- Relying too much on stock imagery
Some times using the stock photography makes sense for designer working. At other times, it’s good to shoot or illustrate the image yourself.
- Defaulting to CMYK
Its not always the best way to design in CMYK mode in Photoshop. In CMYK, during designing certain functions and filters do not work, and the file size will be bigger.
- Going overboard with retouching
Nowadays there are many fake images have gone viral which is also easily identified. The main reason behind those images are excess of retouching. So while editing don't try to make it too perfect, because going far from the target will make it look like a fake one.
- Using Photoshop for everything
Photoshop is the best software for editing, but it is not advisable for every single task. There are many other editing tools such as Illustrator and fireworks are available which makes that particular task more easier.
- Using ‘ Desaturate ‘ to convert black and white images
Choosing the Desaturate function does not complete the suggestion exactly and desaturates all the color from an image, leaving you with a black and white version.
On choosing Channel Mixer option you can get a much richer image. Deselect the Monochrome and adjust the RGB channel sliders until you achieve the exact target.
- Working in 72dpi
The default resolution in Photoshop is 72dpi which looks nice for web. But for printing purpose, this is not worth.So at the starting of your project, check whether the dpi is set correctly for you project.