Computers and software are really good at repetitive tasks. Why not let Photoshop do some of the hard work for you? This video tackles a specific storyboarding-related challenge with a photoshop "action". Even if you're not a storyboard artist, you'll see the way that I identify a challenge and figure out how to get Photoshop to solve it for me. Best of all, once you've created the action, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to it!
Custom Hotkeys - Like the buttons and dials in your car, keyboard shortcuts are the "user interface" with which you control Photoshop. Have you customized these commands yet? The whole point of keyboard shortcuts is to save you time and avoid wasting energy. With this in mind, it's worth considering your personal needs when working with keyboard shortcuts.
Shortcut Layout Designer - The default keyboard shortcuts are not set in stone. They're not designed for digital painters. If you spend significant amounts of time painting in Photoshop, you owe it to yourself to design a better system. luckily, Photoshop makes it easy to re-bind the key commands. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★
Creating a Reminder Layer - Have you ever gotten lost in a tall stack of unnamed Photoshop layers? Naming your layers may be the proper way to stay organized, but it is extremely time consuming. This video offers a time-saving compromise. Even though I don't name my layers, there are certain ones that I don't want to lose track of - and a bit of color-coding does the trick.
Quick Pencil Texture - Sometimes the basic hard round brush leaves your lines feeling... flat. If you want to throw in some quick pencil texture at the end of a digital sketch, Photoshop makes it easy! This video is not a replacement for custom brushes, but it works well in a pinch. ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★
Selecting Hardware - What type of computer should you use? Is it ok to draw with a mouse? What about the iPad? I answer these questions and more in this video. It's worth noting that these are my personal views based off of personal experience, and we'd all love to hear additional viewpoints in the comments! ★ || CHARACTER DESIGN REFERENCES • Find us on www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences and www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh || ★