You may be of the opinion that it is only the beginners who need to be guided when it comes to committing trivial as well as major errors in Photoshop. However, sometimes, even the professionals tend to follow this path without remorse. There are no hard and fast rules or principles to be followed. However, understanding your mistakes and correcting them will always work to your benefit. The best way to enjoy the benefits of Photoshop when trying to design a poster or correct the colors of illustrated maps is to use it the right way. Given below is a list of errors that new as well seasoned Photoshop users are bound to make.
1. Use refined methods of extraction:
Novice Photoshop users will be elated at the idea of using the three wonderful tools that are available for selection and extraction of elements in an image or background. Agreed, the lasso, magic wand and quick select tools make your work easy and quick. However, these tools are not known for their precision. If you wish to make accurate selections, the pen tool is your best friend. Initially, you may not like the idea of using the pen tool simply because of the complexity involved in its usage. However, as you get used to it, you will realize that you get much better control while selecting.
2. Do not depend on Text:
Photoshop has an extensive list of various font faces and several settings available to alter the font and beautify it. However, Photoshop is not designed to fill your posters with copious amounts of text. The text will not look clean and crisp when printed on posters or flyers. Using small amounts of text is alright but overdoing it can cause more harm than good.
3. Beware of the Gradient:
There are several beginners who love the idea of using a rainbow gradient for their projects. It should, however, be noted that rainbows only look good in the sky and when you try to incorporate this phenomenon in print or web, all you get is a paper or a screen that looks gaudy and difficult to look at. Instead, choose a gradient having just one color. Using 2 or more colors that do not match whatsoever can be exhausting for the eyes. This rule especially applies when designing illustrated maps.
4. Excessive use of filters:
Filters are an excellent way to add pizzazz to your project in an instant. However, overcrowding your file with too many filters will completely take away from the beauty of your art, not to mention increase the file size considerably. Being a beginner, you may get attracted to these filters because of their ability to give quick results. However, people will cease to look at you as a professional if you continue using filters for special effects.
5. Avoid creating logos:
Although there is no compulsion, it is always best to design logos in vector based applications like Adobe Illustrator. The simple reason for this is the fact that it avoids quality loss and being vector based, there will be no fear of pixelation.
6. Always work with a resolution of 300 dpi:
When you wish for your projects to be printed, it is wise to always have the resolution set to 300 dpi. It gives a clean, crisp look to your project. If you wish to publish you artwork over the internet, using 72 dpi will work just fine.
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These are the 6 errors both, professionals as well as beginners tend to make and can be easily tweaked, all you need is constant practice.