Deke's Techniques 654: Op Art Experiment 3a: Volumetric waves
Deke indulges in a third set of computer-generated Op Art experiments in Adobe Illustrator.

Eight Days in Orlando

Well, kids, I recently returned from an extended trip to Orlando. And it was every bit as magical (you pick your variety) as you would imagine. I mixed it my two sons, my ex (mother of my sons), and the Photoshop World conference, not to mention the heat, humidity, and monsoon-style rain that is the central Florida. We loved it, we hated it. We celebrated, we cursed. Here's a snapshot from one of the sunny days, featuring my wicked-smart highly social eldest son, Max, on the right, and my wicked-tough circumspect youngest son, Sam, on the left. Two more different boys you could not meet. And yet, they both chose to adorn themselves in goofy sunglasses and ball caps. Gosh, I love them.

Sam and Max in Magic Kingdom

In reflecting on the eight days of pure Disneyness, I'm not sure I have much of a story to tell. Not one that hasn't been told before, anyway. There were huge crowds, long lines, and short rides. We spent a lot of energy grabbing food, drink, and "fast pass" tickets. And whenever I spoke with a Disney "cast member," each and every hireling ended our discussion with that excellent catchphrase, "Have a magical day!" Which, despite the amazing sincerity with which the words were delivered, did nothing to heighten the #magic of the crowds, lines, and short rides.

Do I sound Grumpy? Perish the thought! We had an exemplary time. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 014: Fixing Chromatic Aberrations in Photoshop

Deke’s Techniques 014: Fixing Chromatic Aberrations in Photoshop

Hello friends. So very sorry that I made no post last week. I was attending Photoshop World in Orlando, as well as squeezing in a much-needed vacation with my boys at Walt Disney World. (Why does Disney Inc. insist on the "Walt" before the "Disney World"? Does Scott Kelby call his event "Scott Photoshop World"? No he doesn't.) I'll post pics soon, for those of you who give a mouse's butt. But seriously, we had a magical time.

Meanwhile, this week's technique (from the deep well of video training at lynda.com) exposes that hidden plague of most digital photographs---not to mention old-school film photos---transverse chromatic aberrations. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 013: Simulating Subpixel Rendering

Deke’s Techniques 013: Simulating Subpixel Rendering

This week's technique covers a topic so arcane, you'll either lose interest seconds into the movie, or be sucked into the topic as surely as you might draw an unfamiliar but addictive soda flavor into a straw.

The idea is this: Regardless of the rendering intent---Sharp, Crisp, Strong, or Smooth---Photoshop has a habit of rendering very small type like Garbage. Whereas that same very small type looks nice and legible when rendered by your operating system or as editable type by a browser. Read more » 

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Oops and Cheers!

So for some reason, as long as he and I have been friends, I've decided that Deke's birthday is March 28th, which it isn't. Unfortunately, it's two days earlier, which means it always looks like I forgot. Someone please remind me next year on March 24th. 

Meanwhile, I'll mix up a batch of belated birthday martinis for my understanding, good-looking, super-talented, and not-all-that-old, best friend Deke!

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Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D Preview: Making Saturn from Scratch

As those of you who follow this site know, I'm working on a four-part series of videos for lynda.com on the topic of making 3D art in Photoshop CS5 Extended. My first course, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals is due to go live next Tuesday, March 29. (Update: It's live now!) And I just finished recording Part 2 of the series, 3D Objects, today. Below you see the final project from my latest work, Chapter 12: "Advanced Repoussé," created, dressed, and rendered entirely in Photoshop. (The text is not part of the project. It's just hype for the course.)

Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D

On a completely unrelated note, NAPP president Scott Kelby recently invited me to contribute to his Guest Blog Wednesday. Naturally, I said yes. And it comes out today!

But here's where these stories meet up: My guest post for Scott is all about 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. It's inspired by the first chapter of my 3D Fundamentals course. And it was produced by lynda.com. Seriously, it's like some kind of giant gas planet converged . . . with itself. And that planet is Saturn. Read more » 

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