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October 2, 2010

Why you should order off the menu in Photoshop

One of the most common mistakes I see people make with Photoshop, or with any graphics software program, is to immediately start using the "short-cut" keys. It's human nature, sort of a "hey, look, no hands!" thing.

If you are doing production, that is, the same thing over and over, it is wise to use the shortcut keys. But if you are interested in getting really good with the software, learn to use the menu.

The reason for this is the difference between what our little human brains can memorize and the amount of ability that Photoshop has. If you think of the menu the same way that as a menu at a restaurant, you're on the right track. Sure, you can memorize a few things, but what about all the other stuff you should try, and what about all the new stuff?

Using a piece of software, like Photoshop, is not a memory test. I've been using it since the mid-nineties and I don't have it memorized. And that's the point. If you are frustrated with a complex software program like Photoshop, you may be approaching it all wrong. Don't try to memorize it. Order off the menu!

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