Four Essential Steps to Speed Up Your Editing in Photoshop

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Four Essential Steps to Speed Up Your Editing in Photoshop


If editing your photos has become a time consuming chore, we are here to help.

There are a number of ways that Photoshop CS and CC users can speed up their editing.

  1. Start in Lightroom – Use Lightroom to organize, sort and cull your files – and ideally to fix exposure and white balance if necessary.  Of course you could edit your photos from beginning to end there, using our Lightroom Presets. But if you prefer the control of Photoshop, then consider starting in LR beforehand.
  2. Once in Photoshop Use Actions to Speed Up Your Workflow – Of course we sell actions, so you might be thinking, “obviously you would say that.”  Actions record a series of steps and play them back, so whether it is MCP actions or ones that you record on your own, if you do the same processes over and over to keep your edits consistent, they will save you time.
  3. Use Shortcut Keys While Editing – learn some of the most important shortcut keys.  We have a guide you can print out for free that lists built in shortcuts. Additionally you can assign actions to the F (function) keys on your keyboard.  Pick your favorite actions or even ones that can help.  Our keyboard is filled with them – from mix and match actions in Fusion to the Little Helpers (like the Group Everything, Flatten, and Convert to sRGB) in MCP Inspire Photoshop actions.
  4. Take Out Annoying Pop-Up Messages Inside of Actions – yep, we really said that.  When you first get a Photoshop action set, having pop-up directions helps for the more complex actions, especially ones where you need to paint on a photo with the black mask to activate the results. After you get used to using them, the directions that we build in can be super annoying and even slow you down with a few extra clicks.

Watch this video now to learn how to assign F key shortcuts to your actions and see how you can remove directions and pop-ups:

This demo uses MCP Inspire, but the same methods apply to all of our action sets.  Note: These two options are perks of full Photoshop and cannot be done in Elements.

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There are definitely other ways you can edit faster too.  Share some of your tips for speeding up your workflow in the comments below.
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  1. March 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm —

    Great tips there, I did not learn keyboard shortcuts for years even though I heard the advice before. I found an online printable guide that helped me learn some of the basic ones, then it is just diligence of repetition that makes it routine. I use ACR rather that LR to do the pre-processing and organizing. I wanted to add that making your own Tool Presets is another huge timesaver, and once I added those to my keyboard shortcuts, I realized that you and everyone else WAS RIGHT! Learn this stuff it really does shave time off your workflow. Great info, and wonderful actions you offer, Jodi, Thanks so much!

  2. March 21, 2014 at 11:05 am —

    Love the wonderful information!!! Thank you

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Four Essential Steps to Speed Up Your Editing in Photoshop