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Working faster in Photoshop
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Published: February 6, 2010
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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.

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.

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taimdala's avatar
Thank you SO MUCH for this! It's everything I needed ... even important things I didn't know how to ask for. You read my mind! Thank you!!!
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Lysendrah|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much salmon heart bullet 
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WesGuthrie|Professional Interface Designer
So much awesome in one place. Thanks!
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paulus505's avatar
Thank you sooo much , photoshop from a  newbie
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bluemooze| Digital Artist
These are very useful.  Thanks.
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Eiwynn's avatar
Thank you :)
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godsbod|Hobbyist Photographer
cool cribs...
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cre8ivegirl|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
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HiddenWorlds|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's avatar
it prints big so sharp that is on our workshop wall. really appreciated.

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RonaldEM's avatar
Very Usefoul.. Thanks a lot!!
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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's avatar
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's avatar
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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great tutorial!
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lauraypablo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
muchas gracias
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You just dont know how amazing this was.....
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HAZENHYTE|Professional Digital Artist
German flag lol! :D
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al1c1n's avatar
Dear `Duff,

I found your "Working Faster" very helpful when working on this map > [link]
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JDB-Inks|Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Faved!
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Susan-Petersen-Roper|Hobbyist General Artist
Lottsa good stuff I see.
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This is so informative! Thanks!
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