We get a lot of questions about Photoshop or other image editors that don't really relate to Photography. The standard practice with these seems to be to close them. This might provide resolution to our site, but not to the user who asked them in the first place.

It seems like a bad idea to leave perfectly good questions unanswered, even if they're off-topic. What should we do with questions like these?

  • @mattdm - thanks for the link but that doesn't answer the question at all .. it actually makes it more complicated as it added a 3rd option to where these should go . . – leora Jul 5 '11 at 1:53
  • Yeah that's why I put it as "see also", not an answer. I don't think we have a solid answer yet. – mattdm Jul 5 '11 at 2:35

Migrate them to the Graphic Design stackexchange site, which is still in beta but has plenty of Photoshop questions.


Migrate them to superuser, which has 34 pages of questions about photoshop

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    Wouldn't want to be the poor sap who has to move all 34 pages worth to Graphic Design @ SE later on. ;P – jrista Jan 23 '11 at 5:54
  • Just because they already have 20 pages (of 50 each) mentioning Photoshop, doesn't mean it's the right place to get a good answer... – Rowland Shaw Jan 31 '11 at 12:51
  • @Rowland I think Graphic Design would be a better place for most PS questions, but some might be better off on SU. – Evan Krall Feb 1 '11 at 21:19
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    I'm not really sure all photoshop questions belong on Graphic Design @ SE. I would say that any that are more related to how to use the program, vs. how to achieve a graphic design technique, would probably do just as well, or maybe better, on SuperUser. I guess its a judgment call at time of migration. – jrista Apr 9 '11 at 5:04

There is the third option for borderline cases -- encourage the original question asker to clarify their question further -- sometimes they may be wanting to know how to use a tool with the intent of fixing a photo. By improving the question, and giving answers that guide a question to be more on topic; this way, a bad question can be rescued.


I think all the questions about any photo manipulation software should remain here as log as it is about photography.

Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Capture One .... is in our everyday workflow, it's the digital darkroom, it's Photography.

If someone asks how to slice his layout in photoshop for his new photography site, that should be migrated.


If it's an issue that other photographers will encounter in their post processing, it belongs under the photography umbrella instead of bouncing around other SE sites. For example, How do you dodge or burn in photoshop?.

  • Dodging and burning are photo-post-processing steps, so sure. But, to take it to an extreme, something like "How do I configure my mouse? I use a mouse in photoshop..." shouldn't be. In between, there's generally a gray area, but I think we should error on the side of focusing the site on photography and on processes, not on the user interfaces of particular pieces of software (even ones used in photography). – mattdm Apr 8 '11 at 17:55

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