FIVE TIPS FOR BET­TER IM­AGE MA­NIP­U­LA­TION

HOW TO WORK MORE EF­FI­CIENTLY TO CRE­ATE BET­TER IMAGES

Computer Arts - - Junior Designer Manual -

1 LEARN SMART OB­JECTS

“One of my top tips is to learn how to use Smart Ob­jects,” says An­drew Kitch­ener, ju­nior de­signer at Ragged Edge. “Keep­ing things ed­itable is the key – there’s noth­ing worse than try­ing to edit a file that’s all un­nec­es­sar­ily ras­terised.”

2 GET YOUR SHAD­OWS RIGHT

“With retouching and mock-ups, it’s all about the shad­ows,” adds Kitch­ener. “Drop shad­ows are handy and quick, but for 99 per cent of things, they’re to­tally in­ac­cu­rate. Al­ways look at how light and shad­ows work on ob­jects in real life, and try to ap­ply that on-screen.”

3 MAN­AGE YOUR TIME

“The big­gest mis­takes you can make are bad tim­ing es­ti­ma­tion, lack of or­gan­i­sa­tion and rush­ing the job,” be­lieves atom42’s Elena Morán. “Ev­ery task has parts you won’t en­joy as much as oth­ers. But don’t ne­glect them in favour of the parts you do en­joy. Give each step its nec­es­sary im­por­tance, and you’ll get there in the end,” she ad­vises.

4 PUT IN THE HOURS

“Ed­u­ca­tion gives you a solid foun­da­tion, but be­com­ing skil­ful is a mat­ter of time,” says Morán. “You need hours and hours of prac­tice un­til you are ef­fi­cient. No­body can skip that part of the jour­ney. Work­ing in a fash­ion-re­lated com­pany helped me a lot; there is so much im­age ma­nip­u­la­tion to do there!”

5 ASK QUES­TIONS

“Be pa­tient,” ad­vises Harry Ga­ha­gan, a graphic de­signer at Cen­taur Me­dia in Lon­don. “It can be re­ally frus­trat­ing but you’ll get the hang of it. Mak­ing mis­takes and ask­ing for help is the best way. Also, YouTube tu­to­ri­als are very handy; you should book­mark videos and web pages so that you can go back to them.”

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