The most beautiful advantage of digital imaging is ability do apply changes in non destructive way. And we users are very appreciative and happy to see more and more non destructive options in our workflow. The Crop tool is one of them. Now I can crop any document anyway that I want to, in a NON DESTRUCTIVE way! How? it’s easy as one click.
√ Uncheck “Delete Cropped Pixels”
∴ Extra Tip ∴ To make sure that your image inside the cropping area is alined straight or you want to rotate this area simply click on “Straighten”
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Three of my favorite (along with many others 🙂 ) options to speed up my workflow in Adobe Photoshop CC.
1: Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open
Using this option I can access my Libraries, Presets, and open my Recent Files in no time. It’s quick and easy.
If for some reason you don’t need or want to have “Start” Workspace you can uncheck ” Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL
2: Recent Files in “Start” Workspace
I can open my recent files with just in one click! No more asking myself ” What was the file I was working on yesterday or the day before yesterday? And what did I name it and and where did I save it?
If for some reason you don’t need or want to have “Recent Files” you can uncheck ” Show “Recent Files” Workspace When Opening a File” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL
3: Always Create Smart Objets when Placing
Using this option I don’t worry any more about remembering to convert my layer to a Smart Object to avoid loosing my layer’s image quality because of resizing my image size down/up.
If for some reason you don’t need or want to have this option you can uncheck “Always Create Smart Objects when Placing” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL
One of the basic “intelligent” rules in Adobe Photoshop is setup the right (and that means >>> right for you) saving options. And this is NOT something that you’ll remember to do later on. Just do it NOW. It will make your life easier and your files more protected.
Here is my preference in File Saving Options in Adobe Photoshop CC.
We have three options
Never Save (If I go with this option I am at risk of losing my work) Always Save » This is my preference (In this case my files will be saved all the time so I am protected against losing my file/work)
Ask When Saving (if I go with this option it will slow down my workflow. Could you imagine clicking every single time on Save/Don’t save?)
√ Save As to Original Folder
√ Save in Background
Append File Extension We have three options
Never Save Always Save » My option
Ask When Saving
√ Use Lower Case
The last option in File Saving Options is VERY important: Automatically Save Recovery Information Every 5, 10,15,30, 1 Hour.
With this option if your computer crashes when you are working on your file, the next time you open your Photoshop your latest autosaved version of your file will be opened as well.
I setup this option to Automatically Save Recovery Information Every 5 minutes.