Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop
Deke creates a hand lettered effect to his Chinese chop by employing Illustrator art brushes inside Photoshop

Photoshop Top 40, Feature #23: Color Range

Feature #23: Color Range

I have returned from Southern France. And with the exception of a few exciting airport debacles--never ever try to return your car to the "French sector" of the Geneva International Airport!--I had a great time. Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Mouth-watering cheeses, world-class wines, and chocolates like you've never tasted. Plus everyone's super polite and the speed limit is >80 mph. You can't get a decent martini, but I did manage to parlay a glass of 15-year Laphroaig, which'll tide me over in a pinch.

In the meantime, I'm in Toronto. In fact, this very day I'm teaching a full-day, super-intensive Channels & Masks seminar at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, at which every attendee gets a copy of my book Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One.

So it's only fitting that today's feature is Photoshop's most successful automated masking function, Color Range. To say it's good is an understatement. Like a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, it is soigné. Check out the free high-quality streaming video to learn more. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 039, In Which Colleen Is Fooled by Jack Davis' Hair

It's time for more wow-goodness from the Eyecandy lounge. Jack Davis, one of our guests this week, just made fifty cents because I said, "Wow." Wow, Jack. Nice hair. In fact, this episode started out all about the hair. Ben Wilmore, despite being one of the most respected trainers in the industry, was nonetheless notable at Photoshop World because of his "sorta" (TM Deke) mohawk. Then Jack showed up with altogether faux hair. It was awesome. Just look at Ben's hair.

Here's what we covered in the third live episode: Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #24: Curves

Feature #24: Curves

Normally, I write these Photoshop Top 40 posts from my home or office in Boulder, Colorado. But this week finds me in the pastoral countryside of Côte du Rhone, France, enjoying a little time off. Alas, the nature of a weekly podcast is that, even on a break, I have to give it the gas.

So I hope you'll forgive me if I keep this post short:

After sixteen Photoshop Top 40 movies, you may wonder what's next. While now you needn't, because here it is.

See? That was short. Read more » 

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He Said/She Said: iPhone Style (The Minor Holiday Installment)


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Martini Hour 038, In Which Deke Temporarily Abdicates Interviewing Duties to RC Concepcion

Welcome, martini swillers of all persuasions. It's time for another installment of Martini Hour recorded at Photoshop World live from the Eyecandy Lounge in the Mandalay Bay. In this second live installment, we sit down with a couple of amazing instructors who not only teach Photoshop, but also InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, and more. Namely, Terry White and Rafael "RC" Concepcion--both of whom, by the way, are man enough to enjoy a stiff appletini.

Here's what we discovered over our strangely glowing drinks: Read more » 

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