Photoshop is a pretty intense program which often makes pretty high demands on your system resources, and patience. Ever have that sneaking feeling that if only you could figure out the correct configuration of hardware for your computer the dang thing would just run so much better? In this tutorial we're going to get to grips with the hardware required to run Photoshop and how to set up Photoshop in order to ensure it runs at maximum efficiency.
How are we going to do that? We're going to use blending modes. Blending modes are great, blending modes are fun; much of the power of Photoshop lies in being able to use them. But which modes are useful for what and how? Let' s take a closer look at them.
No two computer monitors are identical. Well they might look that way on the outside, but switch them on and you'll see that they simply don't display colour the same way. Why is this? Well each monitor is manufactured slightly differently. This poses a bit of a problem: If Joe Bloggs's monitor has a slightly bluish tinge and yours doesn't, then when you design an image for the web, whatever you do will look slightly blue on his monitor. Tough for Joe? Well not necessarily. Photoshop has a built in system for overcoming this problem, it's called Colour Management. In this article we're going to work out how to use Colour Management to ensure that the images that we use are displayed the same way on everyone's screen.
Clients can be irritating. Especially when they change their minds about things. In this article we'll learn to work around this. What we're aiming for here is saving time. We're going to look at techniques to minimize redoing design work, by taking a close look at masks and how they can work for you. We'll also go through the production cycle of a design, and how to develop it so that any image that has been used can quickly be replaced by another - without having to redo all the effects you've used on it.