Who doesn’t love easy photoshop tips? Photoshop can seem very overwhelming! Before this past year, I mainly edited in LR. I found photoshop too confusing and time-consuming. After educating myself a bit, I have learned a few tricks that have taken my editing to another level. Today I want to share a few of my favorite Photoshop tools to speed up your editing process.
This is one of the easiest tools to use! I use the Lasso tool and spot healing brush to remove 90% of items. There are short cut keys to most photoshop tools, but I typically just select them from the bar located on the screen’s left. Have you ever forgotten to tell a mom to take off a hair tie on her wrist? Lasso tool and spot healing brush make it an easy fix. I start with the lasso tool and select the area I want to remove. I usually select smaller areas first. Once you have selected what you would like to remove, you can hit delete or right-click and hit fill. Make sure to select content-aware and then hit ok. I usually use the lasso tool for the main removal and clean it up a bit with the spot healing brush.
This might be one of the easiest and my most favorite of the photoshop tips! Are you a crooked shooter like me? Or do you ever want to extend a side of your image or top? This is a super-easy way to do that! Select the crop tool from the left sidebar of your photoshop menu. At the top of the bar, make sure you have content aware selected. From there, proceed to adjust your image as needed. Once you have straightened or extended as you like, hit the checkmark in the upper right corner. I usually clean up any edges or mistakes with the spot healing brush.
Once you decide to start doing a bit more work in photoshop, you will want to take advantage of batching! It will speed up your workflow so much! I hand edit every single image in Photoshop, so this takes a lot of time. My typical process is to edit 10 images at a time in photoshop. I use batching to apply actions to all 10 of my images. I have purchased actions, and I created custom actions to streamline my process. Once I started including batching in my workflow, I saw a significant decrease in my editing time. Batching is easy! Select File> Automate> Batch. From there, you can select the action your want to run and hit ok. Photoshop will then apply that action to all the open images. It can take a bit of time, so don’t be surprised by this.
Have you ever used these tips? Do you have any tips you love to use? Check out my the reels on my Instagram page to see me using these tools on the photos above!
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