Adobe Photoshop Common Mistakes
Not using Shortcuts
Fact that designers get stunning results but they almost did it in a measure of time. To be an effective designer, you only don’t need to learn the advanced functionalities but you also need to learn the basic such as shortcuts.
Shortcuts can save you a lot of time and effort in the end. Learning the shortcuts in Photoshop may be a daunting task but once you learn them, it will increase your workflow dramatically.
Here is a list of some of the most useful Photoshop shortcuts
https://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/photoshop-shortcuts-1012966. Or learn how to create your own shortcuts in Photoshop. https://designmodo.com/customize-keyboard-shortcuts-photoshop/
Bunching too many fonts
Many designers get too excited to include stunning typography in their designs. However, incorporating excessive number of fonts in one design may only result in confusion to the readers and distracts from the primary focus of the design. The general rule of designing with typography is to pick two to three typefaces. For example, you can select a typeface for the header and a different one for the body.
Forgetting to Use Layers and Folders
You want to make it easy for you to edit, duplicate, move, delete, and many more then always use layers. This is one of the many things that designers tend to forget, and later on regret it. In Photoshop, almost everything revolves around layers.
In addition to, after organizing layers, it is important to arrange them in folders. This saves you time and effort in the long term when there is already a massive build up of work. Furthermore, if you ever had to hand over your work to another designer, it will be a lot easy for them to navigate around your project, which saves time and less hassle.
Abuse of filters
Filters are very intuitive and provide a professional look on your design. However, if used obsessively, it can damage your final result. Most often, you can’t find the right filter that goes perfect with your design. In this case, you should not force to use a certain type of filter in your design, instead focus on manipulating colors, saturation, contrast and all other features to achieve the best result.
Disregarding Grids and Guides
Guides and grids are tools that were created to help designers in lining up the objects and to make the most of the document. Furthermore, grids are highly essential in turning a “.psd” file into a responsive web design. Mainly, grids and guides can be set up in pixels, inches or centimeters. This makes it easy to determine the width of a good layout without the unnecessary calculations and percentages.
Oftentimes, to make your work look professional and elegant, not overdoing the design is the key. Just like what Mies van der Rohe, a German designer, conclude that less is more.
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