Image editing is an easy aspect of design agency work and is usually performed by team members at a range of levels with a variety of software. Adobe Photoshop is most preferred image editing software that allows users edit, manipulate and perfect a picture to their taste. Although, Photoshop isn’t the most user-friendly or intuitive image editor to use because it can do more than just image editing. Photoshop is a unique software that goes beyond the pressing of buttons or changing formats and tools. As a beginner, Photoshop requires more skill and expertise and this is why it is essential that you polish your Photoshop skills so that you will feel a lot more in control. Here are some pro-designers guides to image editing in Photoshop.
As a starter, real-world image editing tasks may be very different from anything that you have done before and gaps in your knowledge might be exposed. The best thing to do is just ask a Photoshop expert who has more experience and is willing to offer you some lesson.
It is essential that you must be resourceful to advance your knowledge of Photoshop. Feel free to try some few extra tricks that you were showed or learnt online. At first, it might seem slow, get involved in a lot of practice session both inside and outside of work. It is advisable to have a quick look on YouTube of the sorts of tasks you want to do to revise it beforehand. It is extremely stressful carrying out a task you are not sure of.
Learn by practice
Another expert advised that it is important to learn in your spare time. The key here is to learn by doing image editing is similar to most design work: when it does not go as intended, it often ends up being a solution to a different problem. And you can never tell when a new trick is going to come in handy. Enough practice will enable you to develop your skills in a way that image editing tasks will not overwhelm you. The pressure of working for clients will also play a role in your development.
Take your time
It is important that you take your time and not go overboard in trying to increase your speed as this act can that can be counter-productive. Patience is required no matter the task you are working on, you may feel it takes ages to complete a task, but it will save a lot of time in the long term.Some editing jobs can take a little longer than others, you might be required to perfect the colours throughout and adjust the levels to make the image more vivid, added in light blurs from passing traffic, warp the image to make all the verticals straight or replace some elements in the picture.
Getting an image editing right at first will save you the stress of repeating the job many times until you achieve a professional result. Feel free to experiment, play and enjoy, but ensure that you have a backup to revert the work you have done if you mess up your image. It is also important that you are organized, name your layers and files properly, group elements and remove the unnecessary element. This step will save you a lot of time and energy.