10 Photoshop Mistakes That All Beginners Must Avoid

From restoring old photographs to creating stunning artwork and from enhancing colored images to converting them into black and white forms, Photoshop lets you do everything. It is a marvelous image editing software which offers you with virtually limitless options. Whether you are a photographer, designer or an artist, you can edit photos and make them look flawless, add a funny element to them, create high-quality graphics and do much more. If you are planning to learn the art of working on Photoshop or are already in the initial stages, then you must know and avoid these ten major mistakes that many beginners make.

10 Photoshop Mistakes

1.Watching Professional Tutorials Without Knowing The Basics

For any kind of learning, knowing basics is a must. And as a beginner, if you think you can skip the basics and learn Photoshop by watching professional videos or tutorials, you are not on the right path. To start with, have a look at all the tools this software offers and know a bit in detail about them. And only then, watch the tutorials so that you don’t have to go back and forth to see what tools are being used in the tutorials. This will not only save you time but also help you learn the software effectively, step by step.

2. Not Using Shortcuts

If you are a beginner, the first thing you should keep in mind is to use shortcuts. For example, if you want to zoom in or zoom out, you don’t have to go to the toolbar and find zoom. Just use the combination- CTRL- to zoom out and CTRL+ to zoom in. Since you are in the learning phase, your aim should be on saving time and energy, learning other important tools and performing your tasks efficiently. If you go the long way round, you will end up in a time-consuming session.

To simplify your work and increase your workflow exponentially, you can either use the existing shortcuts or create your own by selecting Edit and then using keyboard shortcuts. Here is a list of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that will assist in knowing more about the photo editing software.

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3. Enhancing Or Correcting Only A Part Of The Image

Photoshop is an exciting and a very interesting software. But when it comes to editing images, beginners often become careless and commit mistakes in retouching only a part of an image. In fact, this is a very common mistake. For instance, when editing facial images, focusing only on beautifying or correcting the face and overlooking the rest of the parts like clothes, hands, skin tone, etc., can make the image look weird and unnatural.

So, instead spending a lot of time on getting just one thing right, analyze the whole image and edit accordingly. Also, don’t go overboard with retouching. Else, you will end up with a fake and overly-enhanced image.

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4. Forgetting To Save Your Work Regularly

With a lot of focus on the work, beginners often end up forgeting to save their work. Whethere you’re an expert or a novice, make sure you save your work at every step. You’ll never know when there will be  issues like power outages or hardware malfunction. And once lost, you can never get the changes back again. So you will have to do it all over again with plenty of time and effort wasted, which can be frustrating and unproductive.

 5. Not Making Use Of Layers

In Photoshop, layers are very important. They offer various benefits to a designer. Working on layers can help save the original photo, you get a better control on your work, image editing becomes easy and you can also alter the opacity of a layer in order to make the content partly transparent. Beginners often fail to use layers and regret it later when they realize it is difficult to start again. Also, once you have created a layer, name it instantly, so that it is easy to recognize on which one you are working and which is to be erased.

 6. Using Photoshop For Every Design Task

Although Photoshop is a multipurpose tool, it doesn’t mean that you have to use it for every design-related task. To work like a pro, you should also know how to work on other software because what Photoshop does not support, others might. And even if there are similar features, one can be better than the other. For instance, if you want to create vector files, it is better to use Illustrator rather than doing it through Photoshop.

 7. Not Saving Files In The Correct Format- PSD and JPEG

Once you are done with the work, always save it as a PSD copy first. This will save all the layers that you have created. Post this, save it in a JPEG format to merge all the layers and save as a single image. The advantage of using these two formats is if you save your file in PSD, you can edit your work whenever you need. And a JPEG file is a compressed file, which makes it easier for you to send it for printing.

 8. Designing In CMYK

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is not always a good option when it comes to print work. Because it limits the use of some features and filters, which may be crucial in your project. Also, the file size is comparatively bigger. Another drawback of using CMYK is that it offers you with limited color combination as compared to RGB mode and it also adds some noise to your image. On the contrary, using RGB (Red-Green-Blue) mode with soft proofing or color proofing offers you plenty of freedom and advantages in your design work.

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9. Converting Black And White Images With ‘Desaturate’ Option

If you want a black and white version of an image, you usually use the combination of Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. This will desaturate all the colors from your photo, leaving a dull and flat image. A better way to create a lively and rich image is to choose Image>Adjustments>Channel Mixer. But here, you need to select the option Monochrome, followed by adjusting the RGB channel sliders till you get the color right.

10. Creating Selections Using Lasso Tool

The Lasso Tool can sometimes be painful in case you want to make selections in an image. An alternative to this is the Pen tool. It is much easier and helps you create much more accurate selections as compared to Lasso. With a Pen tool, you can also create shapes and make curved selections, especially for vector icons or images.


Although there are other beginner Photoshop mistakes too, these are the major and common ones that should be avoided if you are learning Photoshop and want to master the art of working on this wonderful software. This will help you in delivering flawless and quick results and you will eventually master the tool like a professional.

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