Deke's Techniques 620: Making Multicolored Vignettes in Photoshop
Deke uses a custom gradient and a shape layer to create a multi-colored vignette.

Deke's Techniques 540: Rendering a Person in Chrome in Photoshop

Greetings from Wakatobi, Indonesia, my dekeTravelers. In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke covers an unsuspecting model in chrome and then sets him adrift in a field of stars. This is definitely a something old (Chrome filter), something new (Select and Mask workspace) kinda technique. So, basically, youngsters and old timers alike will enjoy, especially if they like Terminator movies.

Boy rendered in chrome with Photoshop's Chrome filter and Select and Mask.

I'm going to make this quick because the sun is setting here in beautiful Southeast Sulawesi. The skies are almost as colorfully gorgeous as the coral reefs below. Oh, speaking of colorful, here is this week's exclusive movie for Lynda.com members, in which Deke takes our chrome-plated friend from the previous movie, and sets it against a fiery blast of a background. If you're not a member of Lynda.com and you want to check it or any other episode out, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at lynda.com/deke.

A firey blast made from the Photoshop clouds filter. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 538: Turn a Panorama into a Tiny Planet

Deke's Techniques 538: Turn a Panorama into a Tiny Planet

Speaking of tiny planets, sorry for the delay this week. We're coming to you from the other side of world (from our perspective), and I think the monkeys of Ubud have absconded with most of our internet.

Anyway, in this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke wraps a panorama of the New York City skyline around its own aqueous core in order to create a tiny planet. If you're a member of Lynda.com, you can see how he adds a bit of shading and depth to Jupiter for realism (because that's what you expect from your tiny planet, a realistic quality.)

Industrious little planet created in Photoshop

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Deke's Techniques 536: Turning the World Upside-Down in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 536: Turning the World Upside-Down in Photoshop

In this weeks (belated, but) free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to use Photoshop to turn the world upside down. I'm hoping to use this technique myself this week, since tomorrow we leave for Indonesia and my first foray below the equator where I will try to remember which way the ground lies (exacerbated by the fact we will then be spending alot of time under water.) Now I'm really turned around.

But anyway, back to Photoshop. After turning the world upside-down, via a fairly easy Rotation operation in Photoshop, Deke adds to the effect with our fairly acrobatic model jumping from a handstand. Or is he just hanging on to the planet for dear life?

The world turned upside down in Photoshop

And of course, no puzzle in absurdity is complete without an augmented Lens Flare. See how this problematic filter forces even Deke to take a coupla educated guesses to get it right.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive followup movie in which he confirms that our hapless model is indeed trying to hang on to earth for dear life:

Traveling through space courtesy of Photoshop

If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial by heading over to lynda.com/deke and signing up.

Deke's Techniques, turning the world on its head every week! Read more » 

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Some Other Free Deke: Select and Mask Workspace in Photoshop

Hey, my fellow dekeItarians. We're having some glitches with Deke's Techniques this week, and the free episode may not make it up until tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to suggest another bit of freeDeke that's available over at lynda.com. There are a couple of unlocked movies on the new Select and Mask "taskspace" in Photoshop CC 2015.5.

(Which is sillier, taskspace as a phrase or calling something 2015.5 in the middle of 2016? But I digress.)

Anyway, this new "space that takes over Photoshop proper) has some cool features for refining your selections and masks. You needn't be a lynda.com member to watch the first two movies. Click on the image, or one of the many other redundant links in this post).

The new Select and Mask workspace in Photoshop CC 2015.5

If you'd like to watch more of the updates course, and you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

I'll be back as soon as I can with this week's free Deke's Techniques episode! Thanks for your patience, dekeDiehards. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to animate by tweening layers in Photoshop. Yes, Photoshop.

Lest you think that Deke lives in a world where you just make cool stuff for the fun of it, this cool thing was actually created in the service of an upcoming course that Deke (and our talented friend Hergen Spalink of gotmuck.com) has created on underwater photography.

The goal was to animate what happens inside a digital camera when you use the x-sync feature to capture fish in motion. Like this:

But of course, Deke can't just leave all the artistry underwater. He has to get out of the water and get to Photoshop to illustrate what he just did.

In particular, he uses the Timeline panel in Photoshop to tween between various states of the slats of a camera curtain falling down to expose the sensor and the strobe going off. Smile, fishies!

Rear Sync animation

The calm way Deke approaches making the blades of the camera curtain go down, adding a "flash" of white, and then having all the slats fall back into place, requires some patience I'm not sure I have. But even I have to admit that the final effect is not only cool, but usefully instructive.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to tween new layers across existing frames. If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Deke's Techniques, bringing you (tweened) layers of instruction every week.

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