Where is the right stackexchange site to post photoshop questions (here or superuser) ?
Is this the appropriate place to ask questions about how to accomplish an effect in Photoshop when there is clearly no relation to photography?
What should we do with Photoshop questions?
It's long been the site policy that general photoshop questions are off-topic, and so are photo-manipulation questions which only happen to use a photograph as the base. I think generally, we've drawn the line like this: "how do I get a specific post-processing effect using software" questions have been considered on topic, while "how do I use a feature of a certain software package" questions not, even when that feature could be used in photo processing.
But we're really not consistent on this. Other times, Photoshop questions are asked and get decent answers. And, we seem to be pretty harsh with how-do-I-operate-Photoshop questions, whereas general questions about Aperture or Lightroom are not blinked at — presumably because those programs are marketed more narrowly at photography workflow.
- Where do we want to draw this line? Is mentioning "I want to use this on a photo" sufficient? (See Is there a way in Photoshop to apply a mask to a single Smart Filter?)
- If that is sufficient, does it extend to basic concepts like the selection tool and layer manipulation? Do we have a strong "story" for not covering those things when someone wants to use them to work on a photo and doesn't know how?
- We cover things like the business of photography, and art and composition basics, but seem to have a collective dislike of "artificial" image manipulation questions like the one about adding a mist effect. Can we explain that in a straightforward way that makes sense in the FAQ?
Or, I guess, to put it another way:
A) If we open up the site to photoshopping gone wild, would that have a negative impact on the site? (Dilute our focus in some way?)
B) If we make photoshop questions more harshly off-topic (directing them all to superuser.com or graphicdesign-SE), does that provide a benefit? (More photography in its pure form, less artifice?)
C) Or, y'know, if we just keep handling these things in an ad hoc way, maybe that's fine. (Even then, would some FAQ clarification help?)