PC Magazine Guide to Digital Photography Save Time and Effort with Macros Templates and Styles Continued

■ Use macros to automate any series of edits you tend to repeat. For example, if you have a monthly newsletter in which the lead photo is always edited in the same way—same size, color, special effects, and so on—that process would be a good candidate for a macro. In those programs that have macros, it is a simple matter of telling the software to record your edits as you do them. Then, when you open a new photo to which you wish to apply the same edits, just replay that macro.

■ Templates are a kind of fill-in-the-blank blueprints. Consumer-level programs often have photo project templates, such as party invitations (see Chapter 13). However, you can save any design as a custom template that you might then open up and adjust (changing photos, type, colors, and so forth).

■ Almost every tool you will use has variables. For example, you might customize a gradient fill to look like a brass pipe, using hues of yellow, gold, brown, and white. If you plan to use that specific custom gradient again, save it as a style ratherthan recreate it anew every time. The same is true of brush strokes, type, and almost every other tool you can customize.

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