Developing a Dark and Stormy Photo
Deke takes a washed out exterior architectural shot and turns it into something dark and sinister.

Martini Hour 062, In Which Colleen Graciously Lets Deke Pick Up Where We Left Off

You may recall a few weeks back, I had to put my unshod foot down and get Deke to stop talking about the Levels command. (I'm just trying to keep Martini Hour somewhere in the not-exactly-an-hour space, dekeOphiles.) But I'm a woman of my word, so this week I let Deke resume that discussion, this time addressing the ability that Photoshop gives you to adjust levels on independent color channels. Although it sounds complex, you know Deke will walk you through with patience and compassion. And knowing how to do this will allow you to use the Levels command to remove a color cast while your fixing contrast problems. Efficiency and martinis, that's what we provide in the dekeLounge.

Here's where Deke went when I let the reins loose: Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Refining Your Masks

Refining Your Masks

One of the most common questions I hear from Photoshop users is, how do I extract people from one background and set them against another, with all their hair intact? Having written a book and recorded more than 50 hours of video on that very topic, I can assure you, there are lots of ways to do it. And it all starts with creating an accurate mask. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: HDR Pro


Hey, gang. I just returned from the 75,000-strong Coachella music festival. And I'm here to confirm, while the concert was great, AT&T's iPhone coverage was abysmal. My group's attempts to communicate with each other met with complete and utter failure. For example, at 7:39pm (in the hopes that we could hook up to see Them Crooked Vultures), I texted a similarly iPhone-equipped buddy, "Wanna meet at the purple origami crane at 7:50?" He received my missive five hours later, long after we were safely ensconced at camp enjoying a beer. While hilarious in retrospect, it meant we missed each other all evening long.

But hey, enough off-topic bitching. (After all, what iPhone user doesn't already know that AT&T's coverage sucks?) Today's post is about something infinitely more satisfying, a major new feature in Photoshop CS5. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common-Sense Enhancements

Common-Sense Enhancements

Welcome to Day 1 of my 5-day look into the most essential new features in Photoshop CS5. I call it Photoshop CS5 Top 5. Each and every day this week, I’ll post a video that explains one of the grand new features in the forthcoming version of Photoshop.

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Martini Hour 061, In Which Cap'n Deke Helps Us Navigate the High Photoshop Seas

The number of ways to move around an image in Photoshop is mind-boggling, and who better to help us navigate the high Photoshop seas than that scurvy pirate Cap'n Deke "One-on-One" McClelland. OK, that's as far as I'm going to take this seafaring metaphor. But seriously, knowing your way around an image is one of the critical basic skills you need to get the most out of Photoshop. This week, we chat about all the ways you can zoom, pan, scroll, toss, flick, and generally move about your images. 

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If you've been stuck using the scrollbar, but sensing there is a better way, this is the show for you. For your navigation consideration... Read more » 

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