Assigning Spot Colors to a Logo in Photoshop
Deke turns a full color logo file into a three-ink job by assinging spot colors in Photoshop.

Photoshop Top 40, Feature #2: The Layers Palette

Feature #2: The Layers Palette

Although Photoshop 3 is fondly remembered as the version that introduced us to layers, we sometimes forget that it was not the first image editor to do so. In my capacity as a contributing editor to Macworld magazine at the time, I reviewed at least two layer-empowered programs that beat Photoshop 3 to market, Painter X2 and Live Picture. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 059, In Which We Attempt 20 Photoshop Tips in One Martini Hour

Welcome back, dekeCats and dekeKittens. Welcome to one of the best Martini Hours ever (in my opinion, and I've been to all of them). Filled with practical information today's show pits me, innocent little Photoshop rookie, against two legends of the Photoshop world---Deke (aka "The Man") and Katrin (as in Eismann, aka the "Photoshop Diva"), in our first ever round-table Tip-a-Palooza. The premise here is to get through 20 (in honor of Photoshop's Birthday) tips, circling around our virtual lounge table, throwing down some of the best kick-ass Photoshop tips you'll find. Anywhere. Let alone anywhere that serves cocktails.

Seriously, despite the pressure, this show is one of my favorite in a year of hanging out in the lounge. So, I'm gonna "get the hell of the front page" (TM deke) and tell you to click through to see an enticing list of the 20 Photoshop tips the geniuses and I came up with: Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #3: Image Size

Feature #3: Image Size

When I first pitched my Photoshop Top 40 podcast idea inside lynda.com, my producer gave me a wry grin and asked me what my Number 1 feature would be. Without hesitation, I announced "Image Size, of course!"

I later decided a couple of features earned higher honors. But I still consider Image > Image Size to be indispensible. It's the determinant of image detail, the seat of resolution, the place where your megapixels live and die. If Photoshop eats and breathes pixels, then Image Size is the program's stomach and lungs. Whether you're sizing an image for output or downsampling it for the Web, Image Size is where the action is. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40: Three Features Left and a Huge Cache of Prizes

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Theresa. I'm Deke's marketing maven and the woman responsible for the onslaught of prizes associated with Photoshop Top 40: The Final 10 Contest, which is now down to the precious few Final 3!

Between you and me, I can't believe we're on the verge of revealing the most essential features in Deke's Photoshop Top 40. It seems like just yesterday---okay, more like 7 weeks ago---that we got this contest rolling. And now three of you, faithful subscribers, stand to win an unbelievably valuable cache of prizes. More than $7,000 in hardware, software, and training remain, including a shipping version of Adobe's CS4 Design Premium package. And all you have to do is become a member (if you aren't already!) and guess a correct feature. Read more » 

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My CS5 Content Revealed

By now, most (if not all) of you know that Adobe is updating its entire line of Creative Suite products. The net result will be Creative Suite 5. And there are the usual bazillion features to look forward to.

Adobe has made it clear that I can't tell you what those features will be. (Oh sure, Adobe itself has leaked many of the minor features, including Content-Aware Fill, which will blow you away once you see it for yourself. But I myself make no mention of Content-Aware Fill. Oh, crap, yes I did. Oops!) However, I can tell you this: I'm hard at work on creating a slew of books and videos for CS5. And that is what I'm here to share with you today.

CS5 One-on-One Welcome

Here's the skinny: I have not only recorded the entirety of my video series "Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals" for lynda.com. I'm also halfway done with my book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One for Deke Press in cooperation with O'Reilly Media. And I am well into my video series "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals," again for lynda.com. In other words, things are well under way.

And to make matters more interesting, virtually all the content is brand-spanking new. New outlines, new projects, new everything. New new new. Read more » 

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