10 Quick Tips for Photoshop Users

There are plenty of great Photoshop tutorials available online for graphic designers that are looking to learn new things. However, working through detailed tutorials can take a long time, and sometimes newer Photoshop users aren’t able to follow the tutorials.

In this post I’d like to highlight 10 quick tips that are ideal for less experienced Photoshop users, or for those who want to learn something new without much time available.

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

Tutorial9 shows you how to quickly and easily improve an image or a design just by adding some texture.


Use the Grid in Photoshop

Another tip from Tutorial9, this own shows how using Photoshop’s grid feature can improve your work.


Rotating Brushes

Getting more comfortable with brushes should be a priority for new Photoshop users. One of the most helpful tips is learning how to rotate brushes to suit your needs.

rotate brushes

Button Mode Actions

Jay from Bittbox shows an alternative for using keyboard shortcuts to work with Photoshop actions. He shows how he uses actions with a single click.

button mode actions

Lightning Fast Layer Groups

Getting a firm grasp on layers and their potential is an essential for becoming proficient with Photoshop. This is another time-saving tip from Bittbox.

layer groups

Free Yourself with Automate Batch

Chris Spooner shows the basics of using Photoshop to automate repetitive tasks, which can save lots of time and frustration from doing the same things over and over.

automate batches

How to Enhance a Vector Image with Photoshop

The creation of bitmap images seems to be the most common use of Photoshop. However vector shapes are easily just as important considering brands, logos, and icons. This quick tutorial explains how you can refine vectors when working inside Photoshop.

refine vector graphics adobe photoshop tut

5 Photoshop Shortcuts/Tricks to Boost Productivity

This post from Hongkiat actually covers 5 tips, but they’re all simple, to-the-point, and effective.

5 tips

Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop

It helps to memorize the shortcuts for some of the most common tools you use in Photoshop. It is much quicker than accessing menu commands with the mouse, and it’ll shave loads of time off your project work. This guide should help you get started with the most popular keyboard shortcuts.

hongkiat keyboard shortcuts photoshop

Killer Photoshop Tips for Designers

There are so many tips worth discussing that it’s hard to organize a complete list. One recent article on Hongkiat goes much more into detail about super-simple Photoshop Tips. These can work ranging way back to Adobe Photoshop 7 moving up towards CS5 and CS6.

hongkiat blog list photoshop tips

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Stephen Snell is the owner and editor of Vandelay Design, a popular design blog.
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  2. December 11, 2008

    nice tutorial. thanks 🙂

  3. December 12, 2008

    Some very helpfull tips. Thanks!
    I learned a couple of things that will come in handy.

  4. December 12, 2008

    nice tips thank you..

  5. December 22, 2008

    Interesting and helpful post, keep em coming, thanks =-)

  6. December 22, 2008

    The rotating brushes and the button mode actions are the most helpful. The button mode actions take away a ton of clicking, which can save a lot of time when designing. Especially if you design the same types of items repeatedly.

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  9. March 5, 2009

    The article on history states is a gem, thanks alot!

  10. May 19, 2009

    The grid is always useful, great set of tips.

  11. November 3, 2009

    Thanks, these are great photoshop tips.

  12. August 8, 2010

    these are great photoshop tips.

  13. August 11, 2010

    Wow, didn’t know about the history function, this comes in soo handy. Thanks!

  14. August 26, 2010

    Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  15. January 27, 2011

    Wow, thank you so much! Saved me 😉

  16. G
    May 3, 2011

    Always good to see how others create. Thanks!

  17. I am a photoshop user. This one is great. Thank you for this one, I am excited to try this right away.

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