Creating content that people will want to read is a tricky process. It takes time, effort, and most importantly, you have to be motivated by something to write about.
As writer’s we can sometimes get distracted or feel like our efforts are not paying off so we give up writing. Or maybe you just don’t feel like writing today and so you forget to write. All of these things add up and contribute to your creative drain.
Content marketing isn’t a one-and-done activity. You have to consistently put in the work into it every day if you ever expect it to pay off.
That’s why having a schedule for content production is important. Even if you only produce content once a month, that’s still better than nothing!
But how do you know what types of content to create? And where should you focus your energy?
It’s great to have an inspiration board with pretty pictures and ideas but doing something actually actionable is another thing entirely.
Luckily, there are some sneaky ways to determine if your current skill set is enough to take your creativity next level. Here are six easy ways to evaluate whether you need to pursue more education, begin practicing self-publishing, or even consider changing careers.
Sometimes, when you’re editing or creating images in Adobe Photoshop, things get stuck or greyed out. This can be due to many different factors such as memory limitations, plugins not working properly, or something having run into an error.
It is very important that you check all of your settings, features, and tools before starting to edit so that you do not waste time trying to fix it later.
If you are ever experiencing issues like this, make sure that your computer has enough RAM (random access memory) space and that your hard drive is large enough for Photoshop to use.
Layer thickness is one of the most important settings to manage when editing still images. Too thin can make your image look very plain, whereas having too many layers can confuse the viewer as to what part of the photo you intended to focus on.
By limiting the number of layers in your photo to two (or three if you include the background), we were able to reduce the amount of color bleeding between each layer. This allowed us to more clearly see all the parts of the picture without getting lost in colors that do not contribute anything meaningful to the shot.
Furthermore, by only including two or three additional layers, the camera was able to blend the new layers into the background better, which again helped clarify the message of the photograph.
General tips: When using Photoshop for the first time, it is helpful to learn how to edit individual pixels so you know exactly what changes you want to make. By learning this technique, you will be able to make much needed adjustments and fix any issues that may arise.
Sometimes, when you create or edit a document, You may need to save it as another file format such as JPEG, PNG, PDF, etc. When this happens, The software needs additional memory or disk space to write the new files.
If you are running out of RAM, Your computer will feel slow and hungry for activity. If you run low on free hard drive space, It can seem like your device is constantly trying to find room to store all your documents, pictures, videos and other files.
Both of these issues are very common problems that occur due to an insufficient amount of internal system resources (RAM and disk space).
Most people are not aware how much RAM their computer has, nor do they use all of theirs! This is why it is important to keep an eye on both numbers in the Settings app –> System -> Storage & Files -> Memory usage, And also make sure there is at least some unallocated space left on your C: Drive.
If you are experiencing issues with your content-aware fill, it is time to consider an upgraded graphics card or newer software. There are several free and paid apps that can help fix this issue so do some research and see what works for you!
Some examples of these include Photoshop, GIMP (a free alternative), Adobe Lightroom, and other similar applications. You may also need another app like Sketch, which does not have content aware fill settings yet.
One of the most useful features in Photoshop is probably also one of the least used-blur filters. It's called Camera Raw Filter, and it gives you several different levels of depth of field (DoF), or focus.
You can use this feature to create some really cool effects. For example, take a look at these photos!
The first photo was created with only two layers - a subject and a blurred background layer. By adding another camera raw filter, poof!, the lens gets sharper and the image becomes more dramatic.
Now let's try that with our normal photograph. When we apply the same filter, everything just get darker and less vibrant. The color changes are pretty subtle, but still noticeable.
Lighting is one of the most important things you can control when taking pictures. When photographing natural environments like landscapes or seascapes, light is always at a premium!
Landscapes need lots of indirect light to make them look nice, so there’s usually an area with plenty of shadows left untouched by direct sunlight.
By using exposure compensation (EC), photoshop allows you to boost the intensity of bright areas of the image while reducing the darkness in other parts of the frame. This helps neutralize some of the shades of grey in the picture and makes all of the colors seem more vibrant.
However, sometimes even spending time editing the photo isn’t enough to get the right light. Sometimes, the sun just doesn’t cooperate and it becomes impossible to achieve adequate shadow and highlight detail. In these cases, what do we do?
The solution is simple – find new sources of light! We can use artificial lights such as studio lamps or external flash units to create brighter highlights and/or reduce contrast in the images.
When using Photoshop’s new smart fill features, you will sometimes run into issues when trying to use them. One such issue is why your image may seem to be greyed out or have very limited settings.
The feature you need to explore in this case is called ‘Content-Aware Fill’. This allows you to replace parts of an image with content from another similar image.
While most people are familiar with this tool for replacing colors in an image, it can also be used to find and replace textures and even shapes!
Sadly though, not many people know how to use this tool effectively. That’s what this article is going to focus on! So let’s get started by looking at some examples.
Sometimes, instead of enhancing an image or adding text to it, Adobe Photoshop removes all colors from the photo. This is called Color Removal and can be disabled in your settings.
You may have experienced this when editing still images such as landscapes, babies, or food pictures. All areas of the picture are totally white or black except for some small portions where there was already content. These empty spaces use up computer resources while rendering, so sometimes Adbeel will automatically switch off this feature to save resources for other things you may want to do.