When we start a new project in Adobe Photoshop, sometimes we can feel overwhelmed because we don’t know how to customize Photoshop, and how to begin our project; we may have a global idea of what the outcome should be, but we don’t know how quite to get there.
What many of us don’t know is that the software has endless options to customize and even install outside resources from the web, to make your job easier.
When I speak about resources, I mean Actions, Brushes, Fonts, Scripts and Panels that I will explain in further detail below. These are great tools to customize Photoshop.
They are a series of steps recorded in succession to automate a particular editing process. When we need to edit several images the same way, we follow a particular number of steps to achieve the final result.
If there are a few pictures, there is no problem repeating the steps, but imagine having to edit 100 photos. Insane, right?
On the Adobe ENG website, you can find the steps to create actions depending on your needs, understand how they work and save you a lot of time.
If you think this is too much for you, you can always download action packages in Creative Market, but keep in mind that usually, these resources have an acquisition cost.
Brushes are quite useful if you like to customize Photoshop and give your designs a unique touch.
There are many options and sizes, such as artistic, ornaments, human figures, among others. You can add them to your library and keep them in handy if you need them.
There are many sites where you can download brushes; I particularly like My Photoshop Brushes because they have excellent quality. Some of them have a large size in pixels for your high-resolution designs.
Even though they are not a unique feature in Photoshop, fonts can embellish your designs if you know how to pick the right one.
As I already mentioned in a previous article, there are many sites with fonts available for you to download.
To be able to use downloaded fonts, you must install them on your computer for them to be available in the font list in Photoshop. Remember to check if they are compatible with your O.S.
Photoshop has many commands by default, for example:
You can open the Script Events Manager window, under File, and add other scripts that you consider important according to your working habits. You can search and download some of them for free here.
Panels are also some add-ons you can use to customize Photoshop. You can expand the panels the program has by default, according to your active work area, but if you need special panels, you can download them.
They are available depending on the compatibility with your Photoshop version. Personally, I have worked with some of them which I downloaded from the site Photoshop Panels.
They have a wide variety ranging from free to paid panels. Go on and give them a try, you’ll see an improvement in your creative productivity. 🙂
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