11 tips for graphic designers using Photoshop

Hands-on – Aim to keep prints fairly small and clean so that they’re easy to scan when scanned.

– Aim to keep prints fairly small and clean so that they’re easy to scan when scanned. Bulky – Can’t apply prints in your printer. If you’re creating lots of photos, you might try to print them all in one go. This is generally harder than it sounds and usually works best as a book.

– Can’t apply prints in your printer. If you’re creating lots of photos, you might try to print them all in one go. This is generally harder than it sounds and usually works best as a book. Hard to roll – Prints can get very stiff and stretchy under a layer of paper.

– Prints can get very stiff and stretchy under a layer of paper. Flexible – You can’t trim anything.

Think of the word “illustrator”. Because of their huge range of customisable options, many people put their illustrators into the General Purpose or Photoshop programme, and that’s absolutely the wrong way to go. Or, if you want something a little more structured and precise, consider using some of the brilliant Illustrator plugins, such as Outliner, Spaces, Tools, 3DViz, and so on.

If you want more direction with your illustrations, plug-ins are really useful. One idea worth looking at is the Hello Artist extension for Illustrator, which gives you the option to add layer and colour options. Once you have these functions, it is easy to create artworks that can be printed and otherwise viewed.

While most Illustrator artists will do fine, many will need a more advanced designer tool. There are many of these programs available, and many of them are known by some given name in the technology world, such as Canvas XR for Pixelmator, Cremator for Snagit, Camcast for Painter, and so on. Keep these programs in mind.

If you want to make a big design for an upcoming publication, you might want to consider using the Pico Viewer for Photoshop. While it does give you all the workflow controls that you would get in Photoshop, plus a frame rate of 90 frames per second so that it’s not quite as fast as a full high-end Pico device, it can give you 30-second clips of your work and more. That will make it easy to upload your work to your agency or website.

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