Setting Type on Fire in Photoshop CC
Deke uses Photoshop CC's new Flame Generator to set some glowing hot type on fire.

Martini Hour 049, in Which Deke Is Invited to Rub a Guest's Feet

We're joined this week by our good friend Mikkel Aaland, who, as Martini Hour Faithful know, was there at the inception of the original, offline Martini Hour. But in addition to his going olive-for-olive with me and Deke in Las Vegas, Mikkel has also authored two amazingly beautiful Lightroom books. And it's a great time to talk about Lightroom, because the beta of Lightroom 3 is currently available for download at Adobe Labs. So after you're done enjoying this show, you can go check it out for yourself. Because we imagine it's much more interesting for you to listen to us be loungy fools, then go try the products we talk about for yourself!

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #13: File Info

Feature #13: File Info

This week comes Lucky Feature #13. A feature so great, I forget to use it all the time. Seriously, don't be like me: Every night as you go to bed--right after you finish saying "Good-night, Mary Ellen" and "Good-night, John Boy"--I want you to promise yourself, "I will remember to use File Info." Because if you're sending files out to clients or posting them on the Web, you need to document them. Complete with author and contact and copyright and, best of all, URL. Otherwise, when that image makes its rounds (as it inevitably will), who the hell will know who (you!!) made it? Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40 Is Officially Complete

Ah, it feels so good. Tonight I finished recording the last of my Photoshop Top 40 podcasts, produced in association with my beloved video publisher, lynda.com. And while the most recent ones won't go live for months, I wanted you to have a sense for what's coming. The final two episodes, Features #1 and #2 (more than that I cannot tell you) feature the transformation of this image by Jason Stitt over at stock image vendor extraordinaire Fotolia . . .

into a full-blown Na'vi teen yearbook picture, a la the obscure art-house flick Avatar.

Click the image above for high-res. (I can't give you a high-res of the base photo; it's a commercial image for sale at a very reasonable price.) Read more » 

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My Romantic Epiphany

Tonight I was driving back from lynda.com to Room 101 at my beloved Blue Iguana after a long but uneventful evening of recording the final Photoshop Top 40 videos. And I had an epiphany. We needed a Thursday post. (Colleen and I got confused and posted Martini Hour on Wednesday--I can't believe none of you noticed!) So I thought I'd put pen to screen and see what you think:

Imagine you die and not only do you get to be reincarnated, but you also get to choose who and when. I would come back as a Plains Indian in the 16th century, before the Train Demons came with their superior technology.

I don't actually know much about the Plains People. According to my dim recollection of "Dances with Wolves," their ranks included a cross-dresser, so they must have been an open-minded race. Better, they had a ready and reliable food source: bison. Here's my off-the-wall (ha!) rendering of me as a bison hunter.

(Click the image for high-res with narrative. The original photo is #419301 from Jean-Michel Alibaud over at Fotolia.) Read more » 

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Martini Hour 048, In Which Colleen Joins the Ranks of Jaded Tech Book Authors with Naïve Enthusiasm

This week, Deke and I ditch the guests (fabulous as they are) and return to our secret, undisclosed San Francisco location to talk about . . . our new book: Photoshop Elements 8 One-on-One. The existence of this book comes as no surprise to anyone who's heard me whining about writing it all summer. In its honor, and happily ensconced in our comfy home turf, we brought back that old favorite, the Shameless Plug, because whose plugs are more important to us than our very own?

In a matter of minutes, the conversation veers away from the book and dangerously toward the product itself, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. After all, what other application offers you half of Photoshop's power for about one-tenth the price? Read more » 

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