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Working faster in Photoshop by Duffzilla Working faster in Photoshop by Duffzilla
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..Okay, I know "efficiency" isn't the sexiest thing in the world. There are flashier, more attractive tutorials out there but I thought it might be useful to put together a basic bundle of tutorials focussed on helping you work faster in Photoshop.

You can have a look at the little table of contents panel to see if you already know this stuff.
If everything here is new to you, and if you go through the whole tutorial, you should work twice as fast the next time you paint something. ..so you can spend less time messing around with menus and more time painting.

I think I was planning on saying more here than I can remember right now but if I come up with anything, I'll update.


EDIT:
Jesum crow, it's a DD!
Thanks to everybody who's favourited and commented and found it useful ...and to ^znow-white for featuring it and ~the-arkz for suggesting.
It wasn't a waste of time after all.
I want to bring your attention to two comments made below: (edited for brevity)

"Doing create workpath like that creates an insane amount of unnecessary paths, much easier to use the pen tool and make the points yourself.
The reason why so many path points is bad is because if you were to make that a .tiff file with the workpath as a clipping path, the filesize skyrockets."

"Using the pen tool is much more efficient for your 'path follow' part, but each to their own I guess."

My response to these was along the lines of these techniques being for quick digital paintings as opposed to hi-res, multi-layered Photoshop extravadanzas and that doing it this way is quicker than tracing manually woth the pen tool.

If you're going to work on huge files and doing a lot of vector stuff, take these comments into account.


THANKS AGAIN :)
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Working faster in Photoshop by `Duffzilla is a excellent guide that once learnt will really help you to save time and work more efficiently in Photoshop.With many helpful tips that you might not be aware of, this is perfect for anyone who is new to Photoshop or maybe those that need to brush up on their Photoshop know how . Thank you for sharing! ( Suggested by the-arkz and Featured by znow-white )
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cre8ivegirl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
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HiddenWorlds Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very useful especially the batch processing for making sketch/doodle pages..Shall study this later when I have time. Thanks so much. :)
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mostroman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
it prints big so sharp that is on our workshop wall. really appreciated.

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RonaldEM Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Very Usefoul.. Thanks a lot!!
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clippingpath1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thanks for your post. I will definitely be using these ideas and pondering more and more about what I am really doing right with the use of my YouTube video channel dedicated to some of the concerns you have mentioned. I'm also considering the actual way it would be if I launched a blog discussing a number of the same issues you've dealt with here. Thank you for showing me something so obvious. I used to be blinded from it. Your post has really made an impact on the way I think about my own work and ideas too. click here to know more about clipping path.
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BenWire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
This looks like a very helpful post. I am just starting with Photoshop and have a lot to learn at once. Tips like these are a big help. Thanks!
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atomiccatz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Man, this tutorial makes my Photoshop work for school so much easier. It saved me so much time and frustration. Thanks for the detailed help! :D
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Abbyanna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great tutorial!
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
muchas gracias
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pptlwak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
awesome.!!!
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CocoaMelody Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
You just dont know how amazing this was.....
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HAZENHYTE Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
German flag lol! :D
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al1c1n Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Dear `Duff,

I found your "Working Faster" very helpful when working on this map > [link]
Thanks!
~K
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JDB-Inks Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Faved!
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hanahello Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Susan-Petersen-Roper Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lottsa good stuff I see.
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leahkatherinne Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
This is so informative! Thanks!
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kopyor88 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thx
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trunks-shirafune Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is helpful :clap:
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milkaMantas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
wow, great tutorial been looking for this kind a stuff all around, but now it's all in one place!! :fav:
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odcinki Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh boy, it is so cool and helpful.
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Thank you!
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lily64 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Thanks for your time!
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amy6147 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Interface Designer
Very Nice
Thank you so much.

Really appreciate your effort.
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Thank you! :)
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lost-dreams2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
thanks alot !!!
it`s so useful ....i`m gonna use it
keep the good work :hug:
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Shellten30 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Wow that's really nice! thanks so much :)
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MaroBee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for info...I've got a few things to learn from looking at this,CS5 has SOOOO many options to checkout...who masters this stuff?
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
You don't need to master the whole thing, just the areas you use most :) I haven't upgraded PS in ages.
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Imahimonoonna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this come in a book? I can't read the small print. ,But it's exactlly what I need because I have no idea what my tools are on photoshop or what they can do, I only started in April o this year when my son bought me a drawing pad
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
If you click "Download image" at the top right of the description/information area, it should be big enough to read.
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Imahimonoonna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks it worked, ps your work is amazing
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surfsusan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very useful for me thanks for creating it.
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
thank you, I'm glad it was useful.
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NileyJoyrus14 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O
This tutorial is AMAZING !!!
I learned so much from this and it definatley made it easy for me to use photoshop thanks A LOT for taking the time to make it :D
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Thanks very much :) I'm glad it helped.
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monsteronabox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great tuts, thanks! :D
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SexiLoverGirl320 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
hursh your mouth it is too sexy ;)
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sweetangel1927 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks, this is pretty useful! ^^
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AmyinWonderlandofOz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wonderful Tut... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzHugZ
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majikmike420 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
you are the man. this is what i need
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Troyzen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot...
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ScarletFire666 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome :D I want to try out the brushes section :D
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desperatedeceit Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Time well spent, both making this tutorial & reading it ;)
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Lessaen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! this is super well done!
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dunki-sabri Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wooow... :omg: nice tips ...
thank yooouu veryy much! :kiss:
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I'm glad it helped! Thanks :)
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Belladonne30 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Thanks you! We all need good basis
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Duffzilla Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Very welcome :)
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