Whenever you drop an image in your (CS3) Photoshop file, make it a habit of converting that layer into a smart object. This will retain the quality of the image if you plan to re-size it later. If you don’t make it a smart object and you re-size your image smaller, then re-size it bigger later, you will end up with a crappy picture. There are some set backs to creating a smart object; can’t link up layer masks, can’t edit the actual layer, can’t sample to the layer, stuff like that (this is fine, simply duplicate your layer in question and rasterize it). Either way, it will be a life saver if you are ever in pixel hell.
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This is to remind you of how amazing photoshop is:
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If your a photoshop user, you might have already known that if press the tab key all of the menus temporarily go away. It gives you more space to work with when your not using any of the pallets.
If you hold down the shift key while pressing tab, this hides the pallets on the right hand side only. The cool part is that it reappears once you mouse over the grey bar that it leaves behind when it hides.
So there you have it. You can now save a few seconds of your life by making it a little bit easier.
So you have to do some work for someone and they didn’t pay you yet. Or, let’s say that they only paid you half and you get the other half when you complete the project. Whatever the reason, in order for them to be happy (remember, the customer is always right!), they have to see what you’ve been up to.
If you don’t want your work stolen, use a watermark on the work you send them. This is done really easy with photoshop by creating a new file (165 x 73 pixels) and typing the word “sample”. Use a font size that can fit neatly in the center of the file. Do not use a background color, just have the text with a clear background.
Save it as a pattern (Edit>Define Pattern) and then fill in your new pattern in your flattened artwork (please use a copy, not the original!) using the layer effects. You can adjust the size and opacity in the fx panel. Put the opacity low (10-20) so that they can view your artwork. Once your happy, your almost done!
Make sure your artwork is 72 dip (dots per inch/resolution) by going to Image > Image Size. Save your work and send it! Now your work can’t be stolen because it says “sample” all over it. Not only that, the resolution is so low that it wouldn’t even be worth printing. Yay for designers!