Deke shows you how to quickly convert corner points to smooth points, thus revealing a quick and flexible technique to have in your Illustrator drawing arsenal.

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Puppet Warp

Puppet Warp

Photoshop is famous, if not downright notorious, for its ability to distort reality. Which is ironic given that most of us whose job it is to distort reality are frustrated by Photoshop’s meager collection of reality-distortion tools. I mean, there’s Liquify, there’s the Warp command . . . there’s Liquify. I ask you, where are all the fabulously terrifying distortion tools? Read more » 

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Martini Hour 062, In Which Colleen Graciously Lets Deke Pick Up Where We Left Off

You may recall a few weeks back, I had to put my unshod foot down and get Deke to stop talking about the Levels command. (I'm just trying to keep Martini Hour somewhere in the not-exactly-an-hour space, dekeOphiles.) But I'm a woman of my word, so this week I let Deke resume that discussion, this time addressing the ability that Photoshop gives you to adjust levels on independent color channels. Although it sounds complex, you know Deke will walk you through with patience and compassion. And knowing how to do this will allow you to use the Levels command to remove a color cast while your fixing contrast problems. Efficiency and martinis, that's what we provide in the dekeLounge.

Here's where Deke went when I let the reins loose: Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Refining Your Masks

Refining Your Masks

One of the most common questions I hear from Photoshop users is, how do I extract people from one background and set them against another, with all their hair intact? Having written a book and recorded more than 50 hours of video on that very topic, I can assure you, there are lots of ways to do it. And it all starts with creating an accurate mask. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: HDR Pro

HDR Pro

Hey, gang. I just returned from the 75,000-strong Coachella music festival. And I'm here to confirm, while the concert was great, AT&T's iPhone coverage was abysmal. My group's attempts to communicate with each other met with complete and utter failure. For example, at 7:39pm (in the hopes that we could hook up to see Them Crooked Vultures), I texted a similarly iPhone-equipped buddy, "Wanna meet at the purple origami crane at 7:50?" He received my missive five hours later, long after we were safely ensconced at camp enjoying a beer. While hilarious in retrospect, it meant we missed each other all evening long.

But hey, enough off-topic bitching. (After all, what iPhone user doesn't already know that AT&T's coverage sucks?) Today's post is about something infinitely more satisfying, a major new feature in Photoshop CS5. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common-Sense Enhancements

Common-Sense Enhancements

Welcome to Day 1 of my 5-day look into the most essential new features in Photoshop CS5. I call it Photoshop CS5 Top 5. Each and every day this week, I’ll post a video that explains one of the grand new features in the forthcoming version of Photoshop.

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