20 Photoshop Tips for incredible artworks

Photoshop includes a huge number of tools, and here we expose some of its less well-known features and reveal new ways to use some familiar favourites

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6. Recycle it We know it's important to recycle – and with one kind of retro sensibility or other always in vogue, why not do the same in your artwork by incorporating imagery from vintage magazines? They can often be picked up for next-to-nothing at car boot sales and junk shops.

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7. Talk to your printer When creating Photoshop files for screenprinting, talk to the printer for advice on the limitations of the process. It's good to find out where you might need to expand or contract areas to allow for slight misalignment when the garment is printed.

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8. Use layer comps Layer comps capture the state of the Layers panel and are a neat way to show clients variations of a design without having to save multiple documents. The other great feature is the ability to add annotations.

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9. Glide between blends To cycle quickly through layer blending modes, hit Shift + + or Shift + -. These shortcuts are great for previewing how overlaid textures interact, and they also work when painting with the Brush tool and when the Move tool is active.

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10. Large formats can be low-res Check with your printer when creating illustrations destined for large-format printing, such as exhibition graphics. One rule of thumb is to work at 400dpi in a document a quarter the physical size of the output. At actual size, therefore, the output will be at 100dpi, which is usually fine for the distance at which people will view it.

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Mark Mayers and Fabio Sasso

Digital Arts Magazine

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