Today I will be presenting my guest blog. In this blog I will explain what tips or tricks that I have learned in Mrs. Frascht’s class. I have been here for about three years now, and have learned a lot in that time. I seem to have learned the most this year, though. Below I will have a list of the most important things that I have learned in this classroom and beneath each point I will have an explanation of why I believe it is important or helpful.
Adobe Products: Utilize the Shortcuts
This will increase your workflow greatly. It stops you from having to stop what you’re doing and go and find what you need next in the toolbar. Become familiar with the shortcut keys and you may even want to change the keys to suit your needs.
Adobe Products: Save your workspace
I just learned this this year. When you arrange Photoshop to how you like it, it is good to save the workspace in the upper right corner of the window. Just click “New Workspace” and save it under whatever name you wish. Utilize the workspaces as well. Most Adobe products feature this and help you with whatever you need. Like in Photoshop you can have a workspace that pertains to painting or 3D or in Illustrator you have things like “Freehand” spaces.
Photoshop: Desaturation is a Thing of the Past
With the newer versions of Photoshop, it is now easier to render black and white images. Using the standard “Desaturation” just makes images look flat and dull. Using the Black and White adjustment layer works really well. My favorite to use is the channel mixer set to monochrome. There are many different settings for both to help you get the best out of them.
I have many more, but these are just the ones that stuck most with me and helped me most. Now, onto what apps I have come to love. These are from both Android and iOS or for your Mac OS X.
Mac OS/iOS/Android: Sketchbook Pro
This app is ranked number 1 in my favorites because it is a simple drawing app designed by AutoDesk. AutoDesk also creates software for drafting and other skillsets, but Sketchbook is just like having your own little drawing pad available. You can customize what brushes you wish based on different drawing tools, like a marker or pen. It includes rulers, mirroring for symmetrical drawing, and much more. It differs from Photoshop in the aspect that it is just for drawing. Sketchbook Ink is also great because it focuses more on ink based drawing tools. The Pro version is available on Mac and PC, but it is a little expensive, setting at 60$. The Pro versions on my Android only cost about 4$, though. The free versions are just as good, only with fewer features. You still get complete customization control, though.
All Operating Systems: Evernote
Evernote allows you to save your ideas, things you like, things you hear and things you see. You can access your inspiration anywhere as it works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. And to make things easier, you can search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.
All Operating Systems: DropBox
You all know this one, but it makes it to my favorites anyway. It is such a help to save something here to DropBox and have it instantly available to download and edit at home. This differs from Evernote by letting you save files from different sources, programs, or whatever you need instead of just from your phone or what was created on Evernote.