Deke's Techniques 526: Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Deke introduces you to his favorite virtual drawing app, Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Thinking about Ink

While I was procrastinating, I mean, uh, preparing to review Deke's latest chapter on printing, I came accross this amazing video on the Huffington Post via Laughing Squid. I realized a few things:

  • You may feel entitled to peruse the blogs on Sunday morning, but if you have work to do, something will insidiously remind you.
  • Watching ink be made to classical music can be sexier and make you hungrier than any video featuring actual sex or food. I'll never read the letters CMYK again without thinking of those barrels pouring out their shiny, candy-like contents, and possibly wanting to drink and/or bathe in them.
  • People who are passionate about what they do (like the guy featured in this video) are inspiring in a way that gives you hope that focus, dedication, and love will get you through the most daunting of tasks, complex of problems, or murky of futures.

I dare you to start this video and turn away before it's over. Good Sunday to you all. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 085, In Which We Celebrate Adobe Illustrator with a Mordy-Palooza

This week's clip show features me repeatedly telling two of the most knowledgable Adobe Illustrator gurus on the planet that I don't know squat about Illustrator. (I've probably mentioned that more times than I've explained that Deke's new book, Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One, is taking over our lives and requiring us to compile clip shows.) But how can I still claim to know nothing when I get to hang out with Deke and Mordy Golding for several episodes of the show? Mordy, the one time Adobe Product Manager of Illustrator, is that guy that Deke likes to go to when tiny gaps in his copious Illustrator knowledge requires him to probe the brain of someone he trusts. Can an Illustrator Ignoramus do any better?

Here's how we kick off what I'm unofficially calling "Illustrator Celebration Month in the dekeLounge," also known as "Learn Something Already, Colleen." Read more » 

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The Power of Multiple Martini Transformations in Photoshop

Wouldn't it be great if you had a device that would create martinis for you, each one a suitable replica of the previous, without your having to painstakingly mix each of them separately? Well, when it comes to virtual cocktails---or really anything else of value and deliciousness---you can leverage Photoshop's ability to duplicate, scale, and reposition a layer with the Free Transform command and the judicious application of some modifier keys. And then, amazingly, you can ask Photoshop to do it all over again.

See, a while back, I was creating a graphic for my weekly Martini Hour podcast (using a martini glass image from Gunnar3000 of the Fotolia image library, shown below), and really appreciating this terrific, if largely undocumented, shortcut that allows you to repeat a transformation---including duplicating, scaling and repositioning a layer---without having to tediously reenter values, mouse around your image, or remember how you lined things up the first time. 

Here's how I turned this single refreshing beverage into three, each spaced equidistantly and scaled appropriately, efficiently, and somewhat miraculously. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 084, In Which We Kick Back While Buddy Does All the Work

Deke tells me that airing our first clip show means we've really arrived as podcasters. Yeah, either that, or were working on a new book from scratch and we don't have time to sit around sipping martinis because dekePeeps (TM Petra) need their Illustrator One-on-One! But this week, our intrepid bandleader, Buddy, put together some clips from some of our favorite shows from the early days (way back in 2009) of our show. And we did find time to pour ourselves each a respective drink, take off our respective shoes, turn on our respective Skypes, and listen to the clips together and laugh. Whether we chuckled because we were truly amused by past ourselves or the laughter was a smokescreen for our embarrassment of our early performances, we'll never tell. We're veterans now. This show proves it.

Here's a run-down on the clips included, the shows from whence they came, and what the passage of time has taught us. Read more » 

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Photoshop World 2010 Las Vegas Session Notes

A mere three weeks ago---seriously? has it been that long?---I joined a few dozen of my fellow self-appointed experts for the largest gathering of Photoshop users on the planet: Photoshop World 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that event, I presented three all-new sessions on the topics of Photoshop CS5, the pen tool, and Camera Raw 6.

Photoshop World 2010 PDF notes for download

At that event, I distributed more than a thousand black-and-white notes that my illustrious sidekick, Colleen Wheeler, printed out for the attendees. But black-and-white goes only so far. Which is why I include the notes for all three sessions as full-color PDF documents that you can download from this post. The notes are altogether free to members of dekeOnline. Read more » 

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