How often do you create things such as gradients, layer styles, adjustment layers, etc.? I’m sure you’ve noticed that many of these have options to save presets. How often do you use that feature? Oh, never? Try saving your little tasks as presets, and before you know it, you’ll have a big library of things that you can reuse to save you a lot of time. You can also save common items to your Photoshop Libraries panel and create actions for common tasks. We often forget to do this because we just don’t think about it (which is why I’m bringing it up). It takes just a few extra seconds and can save so much of your precious time in the future. Go to the Preset Manager (Edit>Preset>Preset Manager) to see all the things you can save as presets. You can also back up everything to the Creative Cloud by using Edit>Presets>Export/Import Presets.

This tip previously published in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column, in the September, 2018 issue of Photoshop User magazine.