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Three Essential Tips For Photomanipulation
 By T W I   •   13th Sep 2011   •   3,864 views   •   12 comments
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Ask for advice
If you’ve ever sat in front of your computer for two hours straight, you’re probably used to the rather aggravating experience of having the computer screen hovering in front of your vision while your eyes are shut, a malicious white blur interfering with your attempt at some visual peace and quiet. All of us have stared balefully through bleary eyes, attempting to finish once and for all, our rebellious masterpiece, while wishing the ordeal to be over.

Now is the time to call in some reinforcements.

Fresh eyes can see a world of flaws that are so easy to overlook after hours of grueling work. Anyone, even those who are not Photoshop savvy, can give a simple opinion that might revolutionize your manip.

“Wait, why is it that the chain goes over the leg and doesn’t reappear on the other side?” a genuinely curious younger sibling once asked me. Oops. Time to draw some more chains.

Even if you’re in love the results of your hard labor, it’s always worth your time to ask for critique. Others will always have a different perspective than you and will be mostly likely be able to offer a comment or critique that you hadn’t even thought of. Perhaps Photoshop’s complacency powers only work on those exposed to it for lengthy periods of time.

Set it as desktop background
Desktop backgrounds have a way of sticking in our minds. Whether you’re turning on the computer, minimizing or closing out on a window, you see your desktop background frequently throughout the day. What better way to thoroughly scrutinize one of your manips?

Put up your favorite image as the desktop background for a week. By the end of that time you’ll be seeing the hidden flaws and will know the whole image from top to bottom. It’s an effective way for your piece to be presenting itself to you constantly, showing you the elements of it that need the most work.

To do so, on a Windows computer, simply right click on the image in your photo gallery and a box of options will come up. One of those should be “Set as desktop background”.

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Save as you go
To those who haven’t endured through the dreaded “Photoshop error”, rejoice. Now is the time to be sure that it won’t catch you unawares. To those who already have, hopefully you’ve learned your lesson and have taken measures to reduce casualties.

Imagine the scenario. You’re sitting before your computer, diligently working away at your favorite piece yet. Just as you prepare to close down and save, the unthinkable happens.

“Photoshop has stopped responding.” a message box announces, as before your eyes, Photoshop starts closing down. Just like that, your life’s work unfeelingly destroyed. You can only watch in helpless rage as the past few hours of your day goes down the drain. Before you hurl the computer out the window, you pause sadly to think of your ruined masterpiece and what could have been.
The moral of this sad story? Save as you go. It’s not hard. And to make it even easier, there’s a keyboard shortcut that allows you to save by just pressing “CTRL” + “S”.

There’s no way to keep Photoshop from dying on you during the most inopportune moments. But if you’re constantly saving your image, chances are that it won’t do too much damage.
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Stay Untamed  
Good article!
  Sep 13, 2011  •  2,582 views
 
All That Jazz  
Love it! You have the greatest tutorials. :)
  Sep 14, 2011  •  2,548 views
 
Milly  
Brilliant tips.
I also find leaving a manipulation over night, after you have finished it, helps a lot.
  Sep 14, 2011  •  2,585 views
 
Aslans Roar  
im not a grafic maker, but i get that
sitting-in-front-of-the-comp.-getting-blurry-eyes thing, hate it, but i love this article
  Sep 14, 2011  •  2,550 views
 
SMFponies  
Thanks a lot. It's amazing how the little things work to make the big things awesome
  Sep 14, 2011  •  2,581 views
 
Oakie4Clydesdales  
Great Article! Thanks for sharing! XD
  Sep 15, 2011  •  2,797 views
 
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Interesting Article !
  Sep 15, 2011  •  2,565 views
 
Weber98  
Good ideas!
  Sep 15, 2011  •  2,873 views
 
Simplicity  
I use GIMP so it doesn't happen that much, but when your cutting it will sometimes jump :/
  Sep 17, 2011  •  2,545 views
 
GoinGoingGone  
Thank you for posting!
  Sep 24, 2011  •  2,572 views
 
FreeRein  
very helpful tips!
  Sep 30, 2011  •  2,544 views
 
Mystic56  
now i can do manips more easily with the tips you gave! thanks!
  24 days ago  •  2,584 views
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