3 Time-Saving TIPS to Work FASTER in Photoshop –  Photoshop Tutorial

3 Time-Saving TIPS to Work FASTER in Photoshop – Photoshop Tutorial

August 25, 2019 61 By Peter Engel

Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the PhotoshopTrainingChannel.com. My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Instagram @JRfromPTC. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you 3
techniques to help you work faster in Photoshop. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, don’t forget to click on our subscribe button. Okay, let’s get started. One of the things that you can do in Photoshop
to speed up your workflow is look at the fine details that you’re working with, as well
as the overall image at the same time. You can do so by opening the same document
in two windows. Let me show you how it works. We have this portrait here and we can work
with the Spot Healing Brush tool. We can click on Sample All Layers. And we’re going to create a new layer to
work none destructively, then we’re going to zoom in, then we can start removing blemishes
just by painting. And after you make a few adjustments, you
can zoom out, so you can see what the overall image looks like. You can also fit the image to screen by double
tapping at the Hand tool. And those changes look good so I can zoom
back in and continue working on the image. As you can see this takes a little time, it’s
not a whole bunch of time but it does takes some time. So what you can do is open this image in two
windows and you can look at a zoom in version and a version at 100%. To do so, you can go into Window-Arrange,
at the very bottom, you’re going to see an option that reads New Window for, then
the name of the file. In this case, Portrait.psd and that’s going
to open up a second tab with the same document. Then you can either put them side by side
or one on top of the other. If you’re working with two monitors, you
can click and drag this one out to the second monitor. I do have two monitors, however, for the recording
you can’t see my second monitor so we’re going to work with a single monitor. But what you can do is go into Window-Arrange-2-
up Vertical. You have them side by side. So now you can work with the details of an
image but also see the 100% view of the image. So I can double tap on the zoom tool to view
the image at 100%. I can continue working with the Spot Healing
brush tool and watch that as I remove blemishes, they’re going to automatically update on
this 100% view version. As you can see, I’m removing the blemishes
and I can work with the fine detail and also see the full version of the image. And that helps you work a little bit faster
because you don’t have to zoom in and out to see the changes that you’re making with
your image. Also, two extra tips, you probably know that
by holding the Spacebar you can pan on the image. But if you hold Shift and the Spacebar, you
can pan both images at the same time. If you’re using the zoom tool, you can,
of course, zoom in or Hold Alt / Option on the Mac, zoom out, and if you hold Shift and
Alt, you can zoom out out of both images. And if you just hold Shift, you can zoom in
on both images. But in this case, we want to zoom in on one
image and not be zoomed in in the other. And this is one of those techniques that after
you see it for the first time, you see the value in it and you’ll probably keep on
using it. So let me know in the comments if you found
this technique useful and you plan on incorporating it into your workflow. In this example, I’m going to show you how
you can work faster by using Actions. You’re probably thinking of using Actions
as a way of creating complex effects by simply clicking one button. But that’s not how we’re going to use
Actions in this example. I like to use Actions to simplify repetitive
tasks. These tasks may not take a long time but if
you add up the time that you spend applying them then it turns into a lot of waste of
time. So let me show you what I mean by that. I’m going to go into Window-Actions, and
you can see my Actions right here. And what I’m going to do is I’m going
to click and drag the Actions Panel to the side and then click and drag it on to the
edge of the panels there, you can see that blue vertical line, then release and now your
Actions are docked to the side of the panels. I can click on the Fly out Menu and select
Button Mode. This allows me to just tap on one of these
buttons to apply an Action. And these are some of the Actions that I use,
and they’re not complex Actions but they do save some time. I’ll show you hpw some of these work, have
Actions to change the interface color. So for example, Light Interface, Dark Interface,
Gray Interface. Now, that doesn’t seem like much but if
I needed to change the Interface just so I could see an image better, the other way of
doing it is by pressing Ctrl K, going into Interface and selecting the Interface Color,
and pressing OK. That takes a few seconds and it may not be
much, but, again, when you’re working fast at Photoshop, you just want to be able to
tap a button and make things happen. So it’s better to spend 1 second than 5
seconds. And again, if you add up those 5 seconds over
a project that’s several hours long, now you’re saving yourself minutes. Another one that I use often is I do a lot
of compositing work, so often I create layers and sometimes I don’t put anything in them,
so I have this Action here that just deletes all the empty layers. And that is simply a script that is under
File-Script-Delete All Empty Layers. I also like using Actions to center things. I’m going to create an Ellipse, the color
really doesn’t matter, and I have this Action that centers things on the canvas. I’m going to tap it and it just centers
that Ellipse on a canvas both vertically and horizontally. I also have an Action that centers things
to a Selection. So I have that selection there and I can click
on Center in selection and there it goes. So, again, not too complex but it does save
you some time in the long run. I’m going to press Ctrl D / Command D to
Deselect, and they also have an Action that creates guide from an active layer. So I’m going to tap on that Action and there
it is. If you Exit the Button Mode and go back into
the Actions, you can double click to the side of the Action, for example Center on Canvas,
and you can assign a function key. So that keyboard shortcut F2 will apply the
action. You can do F2, you can add a Shift key if
you want, or the Control command key. I’m not going to do that but the option
is there if you need it. I’m going to quickly show you how to create
an Action so you can create Actions for the things that you need. In the Actions Panel, just click on this New
Action button and you have a New Action, you can call it whatever you want. We’re just going to call it Action 1 now
and we can rename it in a moment. I’m going to click on Record, and I’m
going to press Ctrl K / Command K on the Mac and that’s going to open up the Preferences
Panel. And I’m going to go into Workspace and there’s
this option here, Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. It’s off by default and sometimes it can
be useful. So we’re going to create an Action so that
we can quickly enable it when we need it. So I’m going to click on that, press OK
and then click on the stop button. And I’m going to just double tap on the
Action 1 label and call it Collapse On. Now we are going to create a Collapse Off. So I’m going to create a New Action, and
this time I’ll name it from here. Click on Record. Once again, Ctrl K /Command K on the Mac,
we are going to go into the Workspace Panel and disable the Auto-Collapse and press OK. And I’m going to stop this Action. Now we have these two Actions. I’m going to go back into the Button Mode
and here they are at the bottom, Collapse on, Collapse Off. So I’m going to click on ON, just so you
can see how that works. Sometimes you maybe working with an Adjustment
layer, like Curves for example, and you might want to turn on the Histogram panel and I’ll
collapse the Actions panel so that you can see how that works. So you have the Histogram panel and you may
want to make an Adjustment on to this image. If I click and drag on the Curves, the Histogram
disappears. So you may want to keep an eye in the Histogram
but it keeps collapsing so with the Actions panel you can just select Collapse Off, enable
the Histogram and if you make adjustments the Histogram is there. So you can see how the Histogram moves, you
can do the same thing for the Info panel or any one of these other panels. In other cases, the panel may not be necessary
so maybe you’re working with the brushes panel, you make your Adjustments, you create
a New Layer. And if you’re painting, the panel may get
on the way so you can change the settings to Collapse On. So you can make your changes to your brush,
when you start painting the panel disappears. If you need it again, you can open it up,
make your adjustments, when you start painting, it disappears. So this is just a quick technique that you
can use to create Actions to save you a few minutes or a few seconds but they can add
up to a lot of time in the long run. Do you have any time saving Actions of your
own? Let me know on the comments below. And finally, we’re going to talk about the
Efficiency Indicator. There’s a little known indicator that tells
you about the efficiency of Photoshop. If you click on this right pointing arrow
and select Efficiency, you’re going to see the word “efficiency” with a number. If the number is under 100% that means that
you are using the Scratch disk or the Harddrive for more memory and Photoshop slows down. In most situations, this means that you probably
need more RAM in your computer. But there’s a couple of things that you
can do without adding any more RAM to your actual computer that can help the performance. Number one, make sure that you’re not running
any other programs. Close all your other applications. You can even try allocating more RAM to Photoshop. You can do so by pressing Ctrl K / Command
K on the Mac, under Performance, there’s this Memory Usage section, this is how much
Memory or how much RAM Photoshop is using. In my case, I’m using 41,642 Megabytes which
is roughly 41 Gigabytes. So I can click and drag this over to the right
to allocate more Memory into Photoshop. Usually, you don’t want to go up to 100%. In most cases, the highest you want to go
is around 85% but if that still doesn’t get your Efficiency up to 100 then you will
need more RAM in your computer. Let me know what you think about these three
techniques. Are you going to use any of them? Do you have any more of your own? Let me know in the comments down below. If you enjoy this tutorial, don’t forget
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