Friday, January 30, 2009

tip of the day

I know it can be a hard habit to get into, but when working with layers, it's always best to label them when possible. I've been working on this tutorial.. (oh god, I'm repetitive) but this is a photo editing tutorial, and there are so many layers, copies of layers, and blah blah blah.. well I'm 3/4 of the way through it, and I've completely lost track of which layers belong where and now I'm going to just start over from the beginning.

no me gusta.


Alison Cornford-Matheson said...

Another good tip is to group your layers into folders. If you are working on an image with similar layers you can select them all and add them to a group. When you aren't using those layers you can close the group folder and they are out of your way.

Mlle said...

Ooohh good idea Alison. This tutorial has me layering the same image 4 times, and re-arranging their order, and then merging some but not others.

If I keep going at this pace, I'll need a drink soon.

Alison said...

Learn to love your layers :) What version of PS are you working with? Have you discovered smart filters yet? I need some tutorial ideas for my blog... any thoughts?

Mlle said...

I'm on CS3, and bugging Dean to install CS4.. but he doesn't seem to want to. Maybe I'll go punch him in the arm or something and give him a shove. That gets things done, right?

I really just started playing with PS like.. 3 days ago, so I'm not sure if I could recommend too much...

One thing that I was chatting with my friend about today was shooting HDR. He posted some shots of Madrid on Facebook, and I inquired, assuming they were all the results of PS, and he said no, that he took 3 shots of the same thing with different shutter speeds, then blended them together resulting in these amazing images full of color and contrast... I think that would be a good tutorial.

Also, facial retouching, adding cosmetics, oh.. I know.. let me send you a link to your email account, and explain.


Mlle said...

and no, what are smart filters? You know, I installed a filter last night, and now I can't even find the thing to use it. I'm a dummy.