Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

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jon lake
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Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Just wondered what ya'all have as a guilty pleasure in photoshop? I have just recently as a newbie discovered gaussian blur and probably apply it without discretion to just about anything!! I probably oversharpen as well. However I believe most photos need a little trip to levels. So, whats your most overused button?

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me_wwwing1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,120
Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Ctrl +Z lol

jon lake wrote:

Just wondered what ya'all have as a guilty pleasure in photoshop? I have just recently as a newbie discovered gaussian blur and probably apply it without discretion to just about anything!! I probably oversharpen as well. However I believe most photos need a little trip to levels. So, whats your most overused button?

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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Without question.........layers.

randazzo Contributing Member • Posts: 859
Layers, masks, levels.

Layers, masks, levels.

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joey_B
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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

The Curves tool

Conrad Birdie Veteran Member • Posts: 6,809
Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Shadow and Highlight adjustment layer for me.

jon lake wrote:

Just wondered what ya'all have as a guilty pleasure in photoshop? I have just recently as a newbie discovered gaussian blur and probably apply it without discretion to just about anything!! I probably oversharpen as well. However I believe most photos need a little trip to levels. So, whats your most overused button?

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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Layers, masking, curve, Ctrl Z and strong coffee

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layers,curves, brushes prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Deleted17 Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
Impossible to abuse anything in PS since I rarely launch it...

I am having too much fun with Topaz Adjust and IrfanView right now however:

finlemad
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Re: Impossible to abuse anything in PS since I rarely launch it...

How on earth did you get such a good picture of my workbench and storage shelf?
BTW, thanks so much for straightening it up, it used to be a real mess.
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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

What's the point of this tread?

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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

OK, I'll ask the question in a different way. What steps were taken to make the workbench/shelves look like a cartoon. I have played with a lot of different "tools" but haven't found that one.
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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

John,

I can think of 2 good reasons off the top of my head (and there may be others that don't come to mind).

1. It's a polite way of rephrasing the question: What technique do you see other people over-using the most often? It sounds rude to say to another person, "I liked your composition, but you ruined it by over-saturating, and your finished image looks ghastly." The same information can be said more gently by phrasing it as, 'I find that I over-saturate sometimes, and when I do, it turns a good composition into something fake, garish, and awful.'

2. Thinking about the OP's question forces ourselves to examine our own images, and our own PP workflow. For many many photographers, objective self-analysis and self-criticism is not something that's done well. When I read the OP, I had to think for a minute. "Do I actually over-use Curves? Sharpening? Saturation??" It's actually a question I had not asked of myself before, and a little self-reflection ain't a bad thing do to from time-to-time.
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Whats your most used tool in photoshop? Ans: Crop & Curves

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Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

Layers, Masks, Level and Curves

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Interesting answers so far.

I see levels and masks get a good usage(and ctrl Z!). I guess that is bread and butter stuff. What is your more idiosyncratic stuff? The thing that signs your name to a photo, if you will.(Apart from the photography itself). Thanks for the input so far. Jon

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Deleted17 Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
We have our ways...

Also, I didn't really "actually" clean it up, it was all done in PP!

joey_B
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Re: Interesting answers so far.

don't know if you can let one tool take all the credit for your 'signature', or that it would be the total of your workflow and your artistic feeling for things.

I might not even have a signature...

JudyN Veteran Member • Posts: 4,520
Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

I think it is an interesting question for people who have not used Photoshop a lot. Photoshop is a HUGE program and it takes a while to figure out which tools you want to use on a regular basis. A good book can help...

The answer depends a lot on whether you use Lightroom in conjunction with PS. I now use LR, so I am mostly going to PS either for plugins that I like or for cleanup (cloning) or to use layers and masks.

John Szeto wrote:

What's the point of this tread?

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timo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,291
Re: Whats your most overused/abused tool in photoshop??

jon lake wrote:

Just wondered what ya'all have as a guilty pleasure in photoshop? I have just recently as a newbie discovered gaussian blur and probably apply it without discretion to just about anything!! I probably oversharpen as well. However I believe most photos need a little trip to levels. So, whats your most overused button?

Sharpening, usually USM, sometimes selective. Oversharpening is the bane of digital photography .. but I still do it.

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