1. CREATE TEMPLATES
I learned this tip at BLOGSHOP last year (along with so much more! I’d highly recommend the class!). I hadn’t thought about making templates for posts before, but this completely changed how I blog! I created templates for my most frequently posted topics / series on my blog, like my Lately posts and step-by-step tutorials. It will drastically cut down on the time it takes to create a post!
2. USE BRIDGE TO SORT YOUR PHOTOS
Bridge comes with most Photoshop versions. It’s a simple software to use, and makes the perfect place to sift through all the photos you’ve taken for a certain post to select the ones you like the best. I do this by starring each photo I think might work using (COMMAND + 1). Then I look through all the photos given 1 star and give the very bests shots a 2 star rating (COMMAND + 2). Then I open the 2-star photos in Photoshop to begin editing for the post. Once, I’ve finished the post, I will sort the photos again in Bridge by “not rated” and trash those photos. This way I keep my folders neat, decluttered and organized.
3. USE ACTIONS
I LOVE ACTIONS! With a simple click of the button, a photo is magically transformed! I have 4 sets of actions within my Photoshop currently and they make editing the coloring and feel of a photo soooo much easier and quicker!
BLOGSHOP (Part of taking the class)
Simon Filip Actions : AfterLight (FREE)
Summer Breeze by K. Miller Actions ($25)
A Beautiful Mess : The Mini Collection Actions ($10)
4. LEARN KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
These are the shortcuts I use most on my mac for photoshop and help me save so much time versus looking through the menus!
5. USE A PEN TABLET
It took me a bit of time to get used to using a pen and tablet to work on my computer, but now I’d never go back! I’m just so much faster at editing with it. I’d highly suggest giving it a try! I use the older version of this Intuos Pen ($79).
I hope these tips help you create content quicker in Photoshop, which means you’ll be able to update your blog more frequently and waste less time in the editing process!0