Photoshop mistakes are common issues and with the same goal in mind as 10 Common Mistakes Made in Type Design, this article was created to raise awareness and educate new Photoshop users and designers,not to make fun of or mock the one\u2019s who use the below techniques and practices.\n\n\n\nBelow is a list of 12 common mistakes, misuses and various ways new users abuse Photoshop. I have fell victim to a few of these myself when first starting out, so I hope this article helps educate designers and other individuals new to Photoshop. I encourage all of you to add your own mistakes or tips in the comment section below.\n\n\n\n1-Improper extraction methods\n\n\n\nMany new and inexperienced Photoshop users depend on the magic wand, quick select or lasso tool to extract backgrounds or objects in an image. Photoshop\u2019s \u201ceasy\u201d selection and extraction methods have come a long way, but it still doesn\u2019t compare to the precision you get with the pen tool.\n\n\n\nThe pen tool can be quite tricky to new users, but once mastered you will wonder how you ever used any other method. Other great methods of quick masking or extraction can also be used. Just don\u2019t use the eraser tool!\n\n\n\nAdding a slight feather to your extractions helps improve the appearance of your images.\n\n\n\n2-Setting body copy\n\n\n\nPhotoshop can be used to create fantastic text effects, but that doesn\u2019t mean you should use it for large areas on text \u2014 especially for body copy. That\u2019s what InDesign, Quark or even, Illustrator is for.\n\n\n\nYour text will not print as clear and sharp in a raster-based program like Photoshop. Stick with vector-based programs for large amounts of copy.\n\n\n\n3-Using rainbow gradients\n\n\n\nYou know you\u2019ve seen them a million times, and every time they get more jarring to look at. Just say no to rainbow gradients! (Caution: Grip your arm chair before clicking the link to the left!) :)\n\n\n\nNow that doesn\u2019t mean you should stay clear of gradients all together. I\u2019ve seen plenty of designs and websites as of late using tactful gradients. Try blending the gradients from a lighter shade to a darker shade of the same color, instead of blending 2 or more disconnecting colors.\n\n\n\n4-Assuming K=100 is Black\n\n\n\nMany new designers, including myself at one point, thought that setting my K in CMYK to 100 would result in black. This is not the case\u2026 instead, it results in a dark grey.\n\n\n\nAlthough you can get away with setting your K to 100 for black text, large areas of black should be set to \u2018Rich Black\u2019. Try using C=90 M=60 Y=30 K=100 \u2014 it will produce a much richer and noticeable black.\n\n\n\n5-Overusing and abusing filters\n\n\n\nI shouldn\u2019t have to go into too much detail with this one, but I remember being obsessed with filters when I first experienced Photoshop. Even though they\u2019re \u201cfun and easy\u201d doesn\u2019t mean they make you look professional and experienced.\n\n\n\nOverusing and misusing filters can easily make you look like an amateur.\n\n\n\n6-Creating logos in Photoshop\n\n\n\nThough this one can be argued, you should create logos in vector-based programs, like Illustrator, as much as possible.\n\n\n\nVectors are easily scalable and retain consistent clarity no matter how large or small you scale them.\n\n\n\n7-Working under 300 dpi in print\n\n\n\nMany new users fall into the trap of working in 72 dpi (dots per inch). While this is true for the web, it should not be used when printing. Typically 300 dpi is best for print, but you should always check with your printer.\n\n\n\nAlso, when working with images that are 72 dpi in print, don\u2019t assume you can just increase the resolution or size of the image and everything will be fixed. The image will appear pixelated and of lower resolution once printed.\n\n\n\n8-Not learning shortcuts\n\n\n\nNo matter which program you are working in, learning shortcuts is a must. Not only will it increase your workflow by saving valuable time, but many of the tools require additional keys for added functionality.\n\n\n\nYou can even create your own in Photoshop by selecting \u2018Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts\u2026\u2019\n\n\n\n9-Not using layers and folders\n\n\n\nEverything in Photoshop revolves around layers. I\u2019ve seen many new Photoshop users neglect using little to no layers, only to regret it later. They make it much easier to edit, move, duplicate, delete, etc.\n\n\n\nAlso, naming your layers and structuring them into folders is essential, especially when dealing with large PSDs or if you\u2019re a web designer. It will help you navigate around your project, save time and reduce headaches.\n\n\n\n10-\u2018Desaturate\u2019 to convert images to Black & White\n\n\n\nThis one is often overlooked, even by experienced designers. Choosing Image > Adjustments > Desaturate for converting your image to black and white, often produces a flat, \u201clifeless\u201d photograph.\n\n\n\nTry converting by choosing \u2018Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer\u2019. Check off \u2018Monochrome\u2019 and then adjusting the Red, Green and Blue channel sliders \u2014 this produces a much richer image.\n\n\n\n11-Beveled, embossed and drop shadows\n\n\n\nSimilar to rainbow gradients and abusing filters, beveled and\/or embossed text can be labeled as inexperienced. Unless you have a valid reason, stay clear of these or use sparingly.\n\n\n\nDrop shadows should also be treated properly and with care. When applying a drop shadow, make certain to pay attention to other lighting in the image. You don\u2019t want drop shadows coming from all directions causing an image to appear unbelievable or fake.\n\n\n\nAlso, adjusting or toning down drop shadows is important as well. They should be subtle and soft, not dramatic and harsh.\n\n\n\n12-Not taking advantage of guides and grids\n\n\n\nYou wouldn\u2019t believe how many designers \u201ceye\u201d things up instead of pulling out guides or using the grid in Photoshop. They\u2019re there for a reason\u2026 use them.