I have written a series of 3 eBooks called the Photoshop Productivity Series. The three books share one thing in common: to help you be more productive in Photoshop: do more in less time! Here are the 3 books:
In The Photoshop Productivity Series: Customizing Photoshop–the first in a three-part “Photoshop Productivity” series by Photoshop guru Dave Cross–Dave teaches you that Photoshop productivity is not just about actions and automation. This ebook focuses on an often-overlooked aspect of increasing your productivity: setting up Photoshop to look and operate the way you want it to. Why dig through countless menus when you can streamline them? Why not create keyboard shortcuts for the functions you use most often? When you find yourself applying the same criteria over and over, why not make a preset? In this ebook, Dave focuses on this exact kind of customization–discussing preferences, panels, menus, keyboard shortcuts, workspaces, and presets–which, once implemented, will have you working faster and more productively in Photoshop in no time!
In The Photoshop Productivity Series: Automating Photoshop–the second in a three-part “Photoshop Productivity” series by Photoshop guru Dave Cross–Dave teaches you that Photoshop automation is really about having Photoshop do the most amount of work for you as possible. Wherever automation can make your job easier and take less time, there’s an opportunity to have Photoshop be more efficient for you. In this ebook, Dave tackles Photoshop’s built-in automations, such as cropping and straightening photos, lens corrections, and photomerges; not-so-obvious automations, such as using tools such as the Blend If sliders, stack modes, auto-blending, and content aware tools; built-in scripts; the Configurator; the built-in automations that Bridge offers; actions–what’s available, how to build them, load them, edit them, and share them; and how to process multiple files at once. Implementing the techniques and approach taught in this ebook will have you working more efficiently in Photoshop, and letting it do a lot of the heavy lifting for you!
The Productive Workflow
In The Photoshop Productivity Series: The Productive Workflow–the third and final ebook in the three-part “Photoshop Productivity” series by Photoshop guru Dave Cross–Dave teaches you that “workflow” is not nearly as much “work” as it seems, and he avoids the beginning-to-end, step-by-step concept that many people think about when the word “workflow” is mentioned. In fact, he prefers the term “smart flow” to indicate any workflow that takes advantage of the automation capabilities of Photoshop and uses nondestructive, smart techniques to get that work done–and this is what he concentrates on in this ebook. The first concept Dave tackles is working nondestructively, including addressing the use of layers and masks. But why exactly should one work nondestructively? Dave covers that, too, addressing the specific advantages of such a “smart flow”: accuracy, creativity, efficiency, and flexibility. Dave then dives deep and tackles vector tools, smart objects, smart filters, and what he calls “smart templates.” After working through this final ebook in Dave’s Photoshop Productivity series, you will have the skills you need to work smarter–not harder–in Photoshop to get the software to perform what you need, and to do it efficiently, quickly, and nondestructively.