Deke's Techniques 636: Creating a Chuck Close Effect in Photoshop
Deke emulates the work of legendary artist Chuck Close in a Photoshop-enhanced portrait.

Deke’s Techniques 011: Masking Highlights and Shadows

Deke’s Techniques 011: Masking Highlights and Shadows

This week's 7-minute video shows you how to isolate the highlights and shadows from one image and blend them with those of another. It's quick, it's easy, it's effective. Read more » 

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Depth Maps Become Reality

In the entirely artificial digital sense, of course.

I'm midway thru recording Part 2 of my Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One series for my beloved video publisher, lynda.com. And, lo, it will go by the name 3D Objects. Photoshop CS5 Extended offers six classes of 3D objects: postcards (flat images projected into 3D space), preset shapes (spheres, cubes, but you can make more), imported models (from a real modeling program), 3D volumes (of use primarily for medical folk), the wide world of Repoussé (which I highlighted in this week's Deke's Techniques), and objects projected from depth maps (as I'll explain).

The upshot is that the Photoshop we know and love is secretly a 3D beast. Seriously, the stuff you can do with it is as bottomless as it is topless. (And side-to-sideless, too.) Just today, I was exploring the world of depth maps. These damn things have been around forever---they're responsible for those stereoscopic dolphin images that you have to uncross your eyes to see---so I was initially a bit bored. But in truth, depth maps are awesome architectural tools. For example, I built this:

Photoshop CS5 Extended: 3D Objects, "Depth Maps"

What the Sam Heck is it? I think it's an alien temple. You know, you press a brick and it opens. But I really don't know. I'm still exploring. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 010: Making 3D Type with Repoussé

Deke’s Techniques 010: Making 3D Type with Repoussé

For the last several months, the lynda.com Online Training Library (OTL) has offered one and only one movie on Photoshop CS5 Extended's most significant enhancement, Repoussé. Which is a rare oversight on our part. Generally speaking, the OTL contains more videos on more topics than you can shake a forest-full of sticks at. And happily this time next month, we'll have 22 videos on Repoussé. But for the present, here's our second movie on the topic, which I call "Making 3D Type with Repoussé."

What is Repoussé you ask? It's a command that lets you extrude, inflate, and otherwise coerce 2D layers into 3D space. And it's available exclusively in Photoshop CS5 Extended (not the standard version). Read more » 

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Brushing Up on Photoshop's Advanced Painting Tools

Photoshop's name has always been somewhat misleading. Beyond being a digital darkroom for photographers, it's an equally powerful environment for creating artwork from scratch. One of the key ways to do that is by applying digital paint with Photoshop's enormous array of brush tools. The "brush engine" in Photoshop offers tons of power, a small subset of which is employed by its basic brushes.

This tip will show you how to take the reins of Photoshop's advanced painting tools to produce effective, naturalistic, expressive strokes that look not in the smallest way mechanical.

terrified robot

Incidentally, this tip comes from Chapter 31, "Bristle and Mixer Brushes," from the course Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery on lynda.com.

Oh, and by the way, you folks who have been asking for some advise on using Wacom tablets with Photoshop, here you go. Read more » 

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dekeSpeak March 08, 2011

This Is dekeOnline dekeSpeak The Newsletter of Things Deke: March 08, 2011

Hello friends,

As usual, Deke has been deep-diving. And as much as he enjoys exploring the shallow waters of the digital domain armed only with a digital snorkel, this time he's donning the electronic equivalent of scuba tanks to delve into the uncharted waters of 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Facing a dearth of definitive information on those features, Deke is creating his own body of knowledge with some extraordinary demos, as well as a new course for lynda.com.

Photoshop CS5 has also been a watershed version for painting tools. This week's tip reveals hidden features of the "brush engine" in Photoshop that allows you to make extraordinary artwork from scratch.

Here's what's in store for this edition: Read more » 

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