Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw
Deke extracts a single frame from an underwater GoPro movie, then develops it into a striking portrait of an angelfish in Camera Raw.

Deke's Techniques 408: Developing an Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke takes a single frame from an underwater video shot with a GoPro Hero 4 and develops it into an awesome portrait of a French angelfish.

The heavy lifting for this transformation is done with Camera Raw's white balance and color enhancing features, along with a bit of Noise Reduction along the way. These useful aspects of Camera Raw are more convenient than ever to use, given you can now apply them as a smart filter from directly inside Photoshop.

Angelfish image before and after

If you're a member of, you can see how Deke made the finishing touches on this image in this week's exclusive movie. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at

And if your appetite for underwater Photoshoppery has been whetted (or wetted, perhaps), use your membership (or 10-day trial) to check out Deke's new course, Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop. Blub, blub my angelic dekeFishies.

Enhancing Underwater Photoshop with Photoshop

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Deke's Techniques 406: Recreate Real-World Paper Texture in Photoshop

Recreate Real-World Paper Texture in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke reveals how he recreated the background paper for the forged Inverted Jenny stamp he's been working on in previous episodes. The process begins with an unassuming field of gray, to which Deke then applies a cocktail of smart filters. Read more » 

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Deke's Awesome New Course on Start-to-Finish Logo Design (No Foolin')

Today marks the debut of one of Deke's most impeccably crafted courses to date, Creating and Adapting a Logo, in which he follows the process of developing, creating, and adapting a logo for a fictional space transport service.

For the "brainstorming" part of the process, Deke partnered with the imaginative, talented, and (in this case) prolific Danielle Fritz, who created these 45 sketches of possible ideas for Frontiers Unlimited:

45 potential logo conceptsThere's a free movie in which Deke discusses his review of this amazing collection, considering each idea and how it conveys the company's brand objectives of Magic, Excitement, Prestige, and Safety. Check out this unlocked movie to hear about Deke's initial reflections. (Bonus tip here: How to use Photoshop's "counting" feature to enumerate these images for easier collaborative discussion.)

The follow up movie (exclusive to members) takes you visually through Deke's development process. Here are all the stops (including a few internal bits of advice) along the way:

The logo development process

(If you're not a member of, and would like to check this movie out, you can get a free 10-day trial at to check it out.)

Once you've got membership in hand, you can also check out this video about choosing the perfect, consistent, reliable Pantone spot colors to convey your company's message:

Pantone spot color swatches with recipes

If you're not yet ready to subscribe (or take advantage of your free 10 days), there's another great unlocked movie in which Deke shows you how to load the spot colors into the Swatches panel, and then apply them to different shape areas in the logo:

In the end, you'll see how this process goes from the sketching brainstorm, through thoughtful color and type selection, and on to the creation of useful variations, including a horizontal variation and one that incorporates photographic elements. Along the way, you'll learn valuable Illustrator and Photoshop skills that you can put to use in your own projects, logo or otherwise. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 404: Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

Forge a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke uses Photoshop to turn a scan of the first Airmail stamp (valued at roughly $160) into an almost-million-dollar "inverted jenny." Along the way, there's a great deal to learn about intricate masking of fine detail (which is good, because knowing more about forging stamps is a questionable bit of skills development).

Before and after

Before I get into detail about this technique, however, I have to show you the joy that arises when a Photoshop genius lets his inner philatelist-nerd out to play. Just look at the unapologetic grin on Deke's face and the sparkle of delight in his eye:

Happy Photoshop-Philatelist Nerd Deke

Anyway, this actually useful technique involves masking the blue-inked airplane away from the red frame, and then, of course, turning it upside-down. But the real subtlety and ingenuity comes when Deke stacks layers made from a series of increasingly fine alpha channels, shown here in the Channels panel:

Series of increasingly detailed alpha channels

Deke then uses those alpha channels to imitate ink passes, thus allowing for the build-up of detail with each virtual "ink pass."

Simulated ink passes in Photoshop

If you're a member of, then you can watch the follow-up movie in which Deke shows you how to isolate the red-ink frame around the airplane and the perforations of the stamp. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at And the sky's the limit on other Deke's Techniques (and other training videos in the library) that you can watch with your trial subscription. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 401: Styling Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke finally wraps up the MDNA-inspired photo that we've been working on for the past two weeks, by showing you how to create the vertically striped text at the bottom.

There are also two exclusive movies at this week. The first shows you how to reshape the letterforms to match the intervals of the pattern you apply. The second shows you how to swap one photographic image in this project for another. If you're not a member of, you can get 10 free days to check it out by going to lynda,com/deke.

Why so short and sweet this week, Colleen? Well, Deke and I have hauled all our progeny to Cayman Brac for a scuba-diving spring break this week. And both my surface time and bandwidth are limited. But in celebration of Deke's new course and to prove to you dekeOphiles that he never stops working, even underwater, here are some photos of Deke with his nose (and GoPro) to the grindstone.

In the second photo, there is virtually no info in the red channel, so when I get off the island, maybe I'll revisit these images with a little bit of Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop with Deke McClelland. Blub, blub! Read more » 

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