Deke's Techniques 552: The Rule of Thirds for Smooth Bézier Curves
Deke studies the Rule of Thirds with regard to creating smooth Bézier curves in Adobe CC applications.

Chuck Joiner Once Again Captures Me on MacVoices

I'm sure a couple of you are aware of this, but the Internet is an amazing thing. (Wait a sec, I think I might be the first one to come up with that. Damn, I'm insightful!) And what makes me say that is this:

Yesterday, Chuck Joiner of MacVoices fame interviewed me over this primitive thing called the Telephone. And already our conversation is up on his site. In the old days, you might hear that interview broadcast over the Radio live, as it was actually happening. But now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, you can hear that very same interview within 24 hours of us recording it. Damn, that's progress.

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices Read more » 

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Martini Hour 091, In Which We Self-Select for Awesomeness

In my admittedly dilettantish opinion, the essence of nuanced Photoshop work is proper selection. Where our eyes can select, Photoshop falls short, so learning how to speak Photoshop's language is important. Because whatever you do, retouching, adjusting tone or color, compositing, covering your tracks, embroiling your neighbors in scandals, making great selections makes it better. This week in the dekeLounge, we discuss the pros and cons of all the selection tools. And Deke holds back nothing, in true Deke style. After this not-quite-hour of bourbon-sipping conversation, you will have your head wrapped how everything from the simplest lasso, to the most useless quick selection tool, to the fabulous color range actually works. 

Here's a list of all the tools that make an appearance in this week's show (and a quick note on Deke's opinion): Read more » 

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Thursdays with Fridays with Mordy

What better way to celebrate Thursday than by pretending it's already Friday? Friday with Mordy, that is. Last week on friend-of-dekeOnline Mordy Golding's weekly webinar, he did a great webcast on how Illustrator and InDesign work together, how they differ, and why sometimes you want to use one rather than the other. Also answered during this show, can Deke and Mordy get along, and which one should you rely on for your Illustrator info? Answer: both. No, I'm not kidding. Well, first it's not fair to ask me to vote against a book that shaved years off my life. (But seriously, get a lynda.com subscription and watch them both!) And I'm not just saying that because I just started as the Content Manager of the Design Segment at the aforementioned training juggernaut, lynda.com. But let me just say...wahoo! 

Anyway give Mordy's show a listen here, and if you like it, tune into this weeks show LIVE at 2pm Eastern on Friday. Mordy's promising a show on sketching, including a look at Adobe Ideas for the iPad. I'll be there. (Or I'll listen to it later if I have to). You can do the same! Read more » 

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Martini Hour 090, In Which We Vent Freely Against Our Beloved Creative Suite

This week, after celebrating Illustrator Month in the dekeLounge, we come back to the entire Creative Suite with a vengeance. A vengeance against the things that distract us from our love of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Yes, it's the ultimate Pet Peeves show as we discuss the things that drive us crazy when we're trying to get work done. Our reasons are three-fold: 1) we need to vent because it's healthy, 2) you, beloved dekeItarians might have insights into why some things work the way they do that we haven't thought of, and c) we want to encourage you to share your own gripes should you need to vent as well. It's all about the healing airing of grievances this week.

Martini Hour 090: The CS5 Gripes Show

Here are is our list of some particular pain points, and why they perplex us: Read more » 

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Five Photoshop Type Techniques

As many of you know, I spend the majority of my work-a-day time creating deep-dive, tutorial-style books and videos. But later this week, I'll be embarking on something a little different. I'm starting a new series of single-movie recipe videos for lynda.com, which we're tentatively calling "Deke's Techniques." Many (not all) will be available as free weekly video blogs on this very site. Here are a few examples of the effects I'll show you how to create:

Five Photoshop type techniques

I created all of these images in Photoshop. And amazingly, all but the brand and metal effects employ live editable text (albeit, as smart objects in the case of ice and fire). I'll keep you posted when these begin to go live.

In case you're curious, the ice, brand, and fire effects employ images from the Fotolia image library. The gold and metal effects are 100 percent synthetic.

Let me know what kinds of effects you'd like to create!

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