Written by
Tomáš Zúbrik
April 18, 2015

Photoshop Etiquette: Images & Type

Another part of Photoshop ethical rules. You should follow them if you want to have well organized workflow.


Working with images is all about being non-destructive. You certainly don’t want to limit the shelf life of a photo or button by recklessly adding irreparable filters or effects.

Don’t stretch or flatten buttons:

Best case scenario: keep your shapes vector. Otherwise, keep a copy of the vector before rasterizing.

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Globalize masks:

It’s always better to only have to edit one mask than multiple masks.

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When you’re consistently off by a pixel, somebody has to go in and align things correctly. Shouldn’t it be you?

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Use blending modes:

It’s difficult to figure out what the hex value of your mashed-up color is. Make it easy.

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GO non-destructive:

Use Masks, Smart Objects & Adjustment Layers to avoid forever deleting precious pixels.

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There’s no getting around using type in Photoshop, no matter how dissimilar the text rendering is to what happens in browser. What you can control, however, are the values and areas you use text.

Use whole pixel values:

Consistency in your typesetting is key. It rarely makes sense to use fractions and decimals in Photoshop.

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Make licensed fonts available:

There’s nothing worse than needing to edit type and not being able to because you don’t have the fonts.

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Don’t stretch type:

Beyond not being able to do it programmatically, I doubt the typographer intended for their type to be squished or stretched.

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Control your text boxes:

Longer-than-necessary text boxes can prohibit selecting text that’s behind it and can be frustrating to work around.

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Use separate text boxes:

It takes more clicks to find the font family and size of multiple types of text within one text box than it does to do so on an individualized, singular text box.

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