No man (or woman) is an island, especially when it comes to graphic design and production. And if you work in Photoshop, chances ares somewhere along the line, someone else is going to need to open your files and work with them. So the question is, what will they see when they open those files? A tangled mess of layers (half of which may be unused), along with missing fonts and other assets? Or a tidy stack of consistently named layers, and readily available linked assets? For your sake (and you colleague’s), let’s hope the latter. And if you need some instruction on how to make your Photoshop files more user-friendly, check out Dennis Meyer’s Lynda.com course, Photoshop Best Practices for Collaboration.
Here’s the official description:
Many Photoshop users have bad habits that can become toxic when collaborating. Developing good habits around the use of layers, fonts, linked files, and unused content can save you and your collaborators hours of work and heartache. This course shows you how, and is a must watch for every Photoshop user. Staff instructor Dennis Meyer helps you to be more consistent when naming and organizing layers, maintain healthy links to other files, keep assets in sync, optimize file sizes, and adopt a style guide that will keep your team on the same page.
- Being consistent
- Naming and organizing layers
- Linking assets
- Using CC Libraries
- Identifying unlabeled layers
In the free movie below, Dennis shows how to work with the Pen tool to create and edit paths in Photoshop. Check it out!
Photoshop: Best Practices for Collaboration
Understand linked and embedded assets
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