CT&D #22. Production Tips in Photoshop

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What tips or methods did you find insightful from reading about Photoshop? How will this impact your design process?

Looking over at the Photoshop production tips chapter, I can definitely say that my knowledge of certain tools and methods have improved given the readings. My experience in Photoshop has been great so far but there are some tools and methods that I need more guidance with. One area in particular is creating masks. Luckily for me, there was an insightful section in the text entitled “Alternative Silhouetting Methods” that would wind up being helpful for me improving on this method of designing. Usually, I use the quick selection tool to extract part of an image I want pasted on a background but the process is fairly cumbersome due to two things: the quick selection boundary encompassing more area than it should despite my best efforts to minimize the boundaries of error and the overuse of the blur tool to refine the edges.

What I found you can do alterntively is create a density-based mask in the center of the area of interest and use InDesign to copy it over to a transparent background and then manipulate it which I find is simpler. This is one of many tips I found in the chapter and altogether, learning these will positively impact my design process in that one, I would become for versatile in choosing many different tools (or the “right” tools based on experience) in Photoshop or any other program and two, and more importantly, as a graphic designer I would become more adept at designing both quickly and with less strenuous effort.

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