Website Tips: 3 Surprising Photoshop Life-Hacks
Photoshop isn’t JUST for fabricating humorous images of your friends…
Adobe Photoshop is arguably one of the most versatile image manipulation and digital design tools on the market. It’s an invaluable asset for anyone who produces or shares virtually any kind of content, but there are more features and abilities available than first meets the eye.
Check out my 3 favourite Photoshop Life-Hacks and share this post if you learned something new. Oh, and leave a comment below to share your own favourite Photoshop tricks and tips!
One of the most painfully boring tasks to deal with in Photoshop is editing en masse.
Say you’ve just received an SD card filled to the brim with big, beautiful photos. Yay! The only problem is, they’re all too big to upload to your website. You could drag them all into Photoshop and shrink them down one-by-one, manually saving and renaming each one, but don’t. There is a better way!
With Photoshop’s fantastic Image Processor feature, you can get your computer to do all of that by itself in mere moments. Here’s how:
Let’s imagine for a moment, someone has just sent you a PDF file with lots of great content you want to post on a website, including some sweet photos and graphics. It’s easy enough to copy text from a PDF, but standard PDF readers don’t always offer the ability to save individual images out of the file. What are you to do?
Never fear, Photoshop is here!
Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? How can using a blur filter make anything sharper?
Well, the magic of Smart Blur is that it looks for the edges of shapes and smooths out the solid parts. For graphics such as logos or icons that have suffered compression, this is perfect. As long as there aren’t too many tiny details to confuse the algorithm, it should remove compression artifacts and sharpen edges without impacting the shape of the graphic.
You might be asking, “Why not just use the Sharpen filter?“, and that is a very astute question. The issue with Sharpen is that it will actually intensify artifacts, rather than wiping them away.
Look closely at the two images below. In the image on the left, you’ll notice a lot of fuzzy artefacts around the edges of the text and graphics. On the right, they’ve been cleared away by Smart Blur. Click on an image to get a closer look.
And there you have it, folks: my 3 most favouritest Photoshop Life-Hacks.
Now it’s your turn… Share your secrets with me!