Do you work in graphic design? If so, then you’re probably only too well aware of the value of good time management. Graphic designers are required to work to tight deadlines and navigate around very busy schedules to get projects completed. Even shaving off a couple of minutes here and there in your schedule can benefit your ability to apply yourself fully to a project. What if we were to tell you that there are ways of shaving a couple of hours off your busy schedule every week? We’ve got five great graphic design tips for you that could end up saving you hours – take a look!
Photoshop Batch Editing
If you’re not already using the wondrous batch editing function in Photoshop, you need to start doing so right now! This functionality is the ultimate time saver for graphic designers but many of us completely underutilise it. If you have a bunch of images that you need to edit in the same away, doing so image by image can prove to be a long and time-consuming task. The Photoshop Batch Editing tool allows you to apply the same edit/action to an entire batch of open files. Depending on the amount of images you are dealing with, batch editing can save you hours of your time.
Use InDesign Style Sheets for Quicker Formatting
Formatting can prove a bit of a drain on time for graphic designers. You know how CSS style sheets can save you a lot of time on formatting – InDesign style sheets can too. Save popular/commonly used character styles, paragraph styles, table styles and object styles to style panels where they can be quickly accessed and applied to any future text/object that requires formatting.
Set Up & Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are a great time saver for auctioning regular design tasks. Don’t just stick to the standard keyboard shortcuts – create your own. The most frequent design applications used will vary from designer to designer so ensure that keyboard shortcuts are set up for the applications/tasks that YOU action most frequently. If there is a task that you action at least 3 or 4 times a day, then you need to create a keyboard shortcut. Doing so will save you a mega amount of time!
Create a Common Graphics/Logos Document
When creating graphics, there are undoubtedly some logos, icon or graphics that you have previously created that you are sure to recycle and reuse again in a future design. To save you time rummaging through your desktop trying to find one of these previously used graphics, create an InDesign or Photoshop (whichever platform you use most) document containing all logos, icons and graphics that you are most likely to recycle or repurpose for future designs.
Set Up a Home Network
As a graphic designer, there are many reasons why you may need to work from different computers from time to time – your laptop may be in for repair/maintenance, you may prefer to conduct some work on a desktop instead of a laptop, you may need to access client files urgently on the go – the possibilities are endless. By setting up even a basic level home network, you can save a lot of valuable hours, as you can access files and programs from any of your devices.
As with any job, it’s important that you use your work-time to its maximum potential. Graphic designers who choose to implement the five tips above are sure to fully optimise their time which could end up saving them hours upon hours of unnecessary work.