Best Tips for Photo Editing Workflow

The importance of a fast workflow has never been more necessary.

Whether you’re working with a smartphone, tablet, or PC, you need to be able to edit multiple images at once, quickly and easily. The faster you can go, the more photos you can process in one sitting.

Use tools that make editing easier.

When you are editing photos, it’s easy to use the wrong tool for the job. Sometimes, you might want to apply an adjustment and then change the color temperature of the entire image. With some photo editing software, this is impossible. In this case, use the ‘Adjust’ button or a slider to adjust individual elements in the image such as a specific color, contrast, exposure or tone. This approach saves a lot of time and effort.

Learn shortcuts.

Shortcuts are little tricks that make your workflow faster. Some are fairly obvious, for example, pressing the ‘F2’ key toggles between the full screen display mode and the window display mode. For other tips, see the tips page at

Avoid doing the same task twice.

The easiest way to save time is to avoid duplicating actions. This means avoiding using the ‘Rotate’ feature of a photo editor multiple times. It’s much easier to select the part you want to rotate than to click the ‘Rotate’ button, select the parts you want to move, and repeat the process.

Save often.

Save your work often, especially after applying adjustments. When saving, check that the new image has the same name as the previous version. This prevents saving multiple versions of the same file.

Doing all the above means you will probably find yourself saving more often and spending less time on editing.

Use a smart device.

If you’re using a smartphone or tablet, you’re already halfway there. Smartphones, especially, are more than capable of taking a photo and editing it in your image editor.

Take advantage of the features of your camera.

Take advantage of your camera’s functions, such as burst mode, exposure bracketing, and metering modes. These allow you to create interesting images and experiment with different settings.

Adjust your lighting.

The lighting in your shot is very important. If you’re shooting on a cloudy day, you may not get the right light for your photo. Take some time to read up on different lighting types, and get your camera ready by testing different settings before the shoot.

Keep your images organized.

Once you’ve taken the photos, organize them on your smart device. This makes them easier to find, and allows you to easily view and compare photos.

Don’t save photos to your device if they don’t need to be there.

Save images you don’t need to save to your smart device. Delete unwanted photos or keep them in a folder for later use.

Use an app.

A good image editing app lets you do all of your editing in the same place. And you can do it on the go!

Some apps are free, but many will cost you money. However, the paid ones usually have extra features that make them worth it.

Try your hand at a new photo editing technique.

You can try out a new technique to see if it’s something you like. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy new software. Download an old version of Photoshop, Lightroom or any other editing app, and play around. You can make a quick photo shoot into a cool project.