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

I Am Geeking Out Over 3D in Photoshop Extended

A few months back, I made it my mission to get to the bottom of the 3D features in Photoshop CS5 Extended. After all, I am presently probing those very features in my four-part video series titled Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D for lynda.com. And as you might imagine, I was (back then, and even slightly now) intimidated. There is precious little in the way of definitive here's-how-things-work information on the topic. Lots of demo tuts, but while often amazing, they only take you so far.

So I did a deep dive and found a vast network of functionality. I might even go so far as to characterize 3D as the single biggest upgrade to Photoshop over each of the last three versions. Crazy as it may sound, what many of us regard as a photo editor is gradually transforming into a 3D editing environment.

Photoshop CS5 Extended old metal sheriff's star

For example, consider the image above. It includes three photographic images. Otherwise, it's 100% Photoshop. Don't you just want to reach out and touch it? And then put it on and pretend you're Marshall of Dodge City. Read more » 

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I Present You with Saturn as Rendered in Photoshop CS5 Extended

Did you ever have one of those nights where you had a major project due the next day and you spent all night dreaming about it? A very long time ago, I was working for UPS during the Christmas season, and my girlfriend (at the time) told me I actually started moving boxes in my sleep. Well, I had one of those all-night dreams recently. But it was about Saturn.

Saturn as rendered in Photoshop CS5 Extended

That's not a NASA shot captured by a Voyager space probe, btw. That's 100% Photoshop. And yet it's largely scientifically accurate, based on data from that very probe. Read more » 

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The Anwer to Yesterday's Puzzler

...is illustrated in the spine-tingling detail below:

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OK, So Gosh, Here's a Puzzler

I had an interesting thing happen to me:

As I mentioned in a recent post, I'm currently at a hotel in Ventura, CA, working on a video course for lynda.com. After a productive day of recording, I returned to my place---the Holiday Inn Express along Ventura Harbor (it really is quite nice). So there I am in the best room in the joint, 363, on the third floor with a wrap-around balcony. And I visit the balcony to take in the view. It's raining, so I close the sliding glass door.

When I go to open it again, it's locked. Totally hard-locked. How I locked it, I don't know. I'm slightly panicked, so I peak around the wall to my neighbor's balcony: It's dark. I have no cell phone. There is no one below. Did I mention I'm on the third floor? I have no rope to descend. In fact, I have nothing. Did I mention it's raining? Did I mention (no I didn't, yes I did, I'm confused) it's dark?

There is one and only one escape route. On the far side of the balcony, connected to the outside hallway and stairwell, is the following imposing barrier. It is designed to keep the riffraff off my balcony. Only, I'm the one who wants off my balcony. And I'm very worried that I'm going to have to wait on this balcony until the housekeeping staff finds me in the morning.

The balcony barrier through which I escaped Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 007: Blending Textures onto a Face

Deke’s Techniques 007: Blending Textures onto a Face

Today's technique is all about mapping a couple of textures onto a portrait photograph. The textures in question happen to be a bit of alabaster and a travertine tile (the images hail from the Fotolia image library), but they could be anything. And it's all accomplished using Photoshop's advanced blending options. Read more » 

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