Deke's Techniques 475: Make Coloring Book-Style Placecards in Illustrator
Deke does a final riff on his Thankgiving placecard project, by making coloring-book style generic people your guests can customize.

Martini Hour 072, In Which Deke Gets to Geek Out with a Kindred Spirit

This week we meet with a guy who can speak Deke. Stu Maschwitz of Red Giant Software joins us to talk about his new product, Magic Bullet PhotoLooks. Despite the cumbersome name, this software---which you can run either as a standalone product or as a Photoshop plug-in---takes technology originally designed for video and makes its coolness available for your still photos. As Stu explains, it does things in new (read "intutive") ways that may upset your Photoshop-based view of image editing. But in the end, you'll enjoy the way this application and it's new way of presenting photo editing makes your brain expand, and still ultimately plays nice with Photoshop.

A few words about how PhotoLooks works: Read more » 

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Remember the Sun?

After a long day of recording Martini Hours, my sidekick Colleen and I were sitting on the balcony of my hotel room in Pacifica, California, watching the sunset. In fact, here's that very sunset, as captured with my Olympus E-30.

Sunset over Pacifica

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Martini Hour 071, In Which We Celebrate Summer with Illustrator-based Sno-cones and More More Mordy

Mordy's visit last week to discuss Illustrator CS5 was so refreshing, that we decided to keep the Summer vibe going and invite him back again this week. And what does he bring? Vector-based sno-cones. Yes, it's another great Illustrator show with Mordy and Deke diving deep into the summer and dynamic effects. And me ingenuously following along, thinking, one day soon, I'm going to learn to use Illustrator so I can put all this knowledge to use. If you feel the same, pull up a sno-cone, maybe toss a little adult beverage on top, and join us.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One Goes Off to the Printer

Back in Amsterdam, last December, Deke and I hatched an ambitious plan: to revamp the Adobe Photoshop One-on-One book for CS5, no holds barred. We've had moments since then where we wondered if we'd gotten ourselves in a little more deeply than we'd intended. (That Jenever, it'll getcha!) But tonight that book went to the printer, and those insanely late-night work sessions where we questioned not only our ambition but our very sanity, seem so obviously worth the effort. The book supplies you, quite figuratively, with the keys to using Photoshop, as pictured below.

Yes, dekeItarians. This very night, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One is heading to the printer, thanks to the amazing efforts of Deke's crackerjack team, for release in mid-July. And it is beautiful. Altogether reorganized with new exercises and even a whole new lesson on Pro Photography Tools. What feels particularly fresh is the way the five hours of online video lessons integrate into the 450 pages of book-based ones. Read more » 

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Why I've Been So Absent (A Father's Day Post)

A few of you may have noticed that I've been inexplicably missing the last few days. In part, that's because my sensational team and I have been working late into the night getting Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One (the book) to press. It boasts a revamped outline, gobs of new sample files and exercises, and just shy of 5 hours of video (4 hours and 50 minutes to be exact). Colleen, my industrious editor on these projects, will provide more details on Monday.

Meanwhile, when not working on the book, I've been altogether preoccupied with my personal life. Specifically---and very much in keeping with Father's Day---the one involving my powerful sons, Max and Sam. Saturday, for example, the two engaged in a swim meet. (Swimming was the only sport I lettered in, so the apples remain close to the tree.) My contribution was to cheer them on and draw Marks Of The Warriors on their backs, as pictured below. That's Max on the left and Sam on the right.

Max and Sam

CGI: 0. Sharpie and freehand fumbling: 100. Read more » 

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