Deke's Techniques 455: Islamic Design I, Flirting with Geometric Genius
Deke begins his geometric journey to recreate a Tunisian stained glass window in Illustrator.

InDesign CS4 Trades CS5 for Sex

So there I was last night, working on my upcoming book Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One, when I happened to type "CS5" into InDesign CS4. Not surprisingly, this older model version of the software did not recognize "CS5" and tagged the word as misspelled with its Dynamic Spelling feature. After all, such mind-blowing concepts as CS5 could not have been imagined back in the olden days when InDesign CS4 first hit the market.

What is surprising is InDesign CS4's suggested alternatives.

InDesign CS4 Trades CS5 for Sex

I'm telling you, this is one steamy upgrade. Read more » 

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The New dekeKeys: Enhanced Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

As many of you know, I'm in the process of developing and releasing my Photoshop CS5 One-on-One tutorials, which have for years ranked among the #1 book and video resources on Photoshop. My exhaustive Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals video course went live on the Online Training Library early this month. My book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One, is nearly complete. And I'll release the Advanced and Mastery video courses in the coming months.

Whether book or video, my One-on-One courses begin by urging you to load a collection of custom keyboard shortcuts called dekeKeys. The reason: You can work inside Photoshop more quickly and fluidly if you can access the most essential commands by pressing a few keys, as opposed to wasting precious (not to mention tedious) time hunting through menus. With dekeKeys, you can work as fast as you can think.

dekeKeys: Enhanced Shortcuts for Photoshop CS5

Today I make these keyboard shortcuts available for free to members of dekeOnline. (If you're not yet a member, it costs nothing and it's easy. Just click here to get started.) Read more » 

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Martini Hour 065, In Which We Talk More Photoshop CS5 With Bryan "Zátopek" Hughes and Some Guy Named Nack

Welcome back to the 'lounge, dekeItarians. Hope you're feeling relaxed and happy. To help you with that, we've brought back some familiar voices this week, those of Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes and John Nack. The last time we had the guys over, we discussed some of the flashy new features in Photoshop CS5 (like Puppet Warp and the infamous Content-Aware Phil). But deciding to upgrade isn't just about wanting the state-of-the-art features. Sometimes, it's those improvements to everyday tools that make your day-to-day work go more smoothly. Oh sure, it's fun to play digital Stretch Armstrong with pictures of your friends with the Puppet Warp. But it's also a downright relief to finally be able to simply drag-and-drop an image into a Photoshop composition. 

Martini Hour 065: The Essential Enhancements to Photoshop CS5

Here are some of those little polishes to the efficiency or usability of an often-used tool that make you wonder how you ever worked happily before this particular upgrade came along. Read more » 

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Best Workflow CS5: The Ideal Color Settings for Photoshop and CS5

All of my One-on-One products---whether videos or books---begin by encouraging you to adjust your Creative Suite color settings and load my custom keyboard shortcuts. The color settings file goes by the name Best Workflow (because, I argue, that's the resulting environment); the keyboard shortcuts are dekeKeys.

I've received requests to distribute both. Which is the purpose of today's post.

Photoshop CS5 recommended color settings

I explain how to make your own Best Workflow color settings today. I'll post dekeKeys CS5 as a free download next week. Read more » 

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My Comprehensive "Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals" Goes Live

Hello and welcome. Last Friday witnessed the release of my first video course on Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals. That's you and me on a 17-hour, 38-minute video journey, produced and distributed by It's the usual entertaining and exhaustive plunge into the latest version of Photoshop. But with one big difference: All but perhaps a dozen of the 194 movies in the series teach new content using new sample files. Which means > 90% new content.

Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One

Now, I realize that 194 movies, averaging roughly 5 minutes apiece, might seem like a daunting proposition. In fact---and here's an interesting statistic---if you watch just one movie a day, it'll take you another 194 days (!) to get through them all. (Admittedly, I had to use a calculator to figure that out, but after checking my math, I believe it's accurate.) Read more » 

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