Deke's Techniques 543: Building a Better Screenshot (of Photoshop) in Photoshop
Deke reveals how we bolster screen elements in Photoshop (with Photoshop) in order to better demonstrate how to work in Photoshop

Editing Scanned Line Art

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 2

Every day this week, I'll post a free video that describes how I created a wicked-awesome, Halloween-appropriate, five-by-three-foot pirate flag. (Hey, at least I and my boys love it!) Today's video, and the four that follow, hail from my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course for my video publisher lynda.com. But strangely enough, this specific phase of the project happens entirely in Photoshop. This is a bitchin'-rad-real-world piece of graphic art, after all, and nothin' worth makin' happens in a single piece of software.

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Sketching the Pirate Flag

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 1

Today my esteemed video publisher lynda.com releases the first of six free videos devoted to the task of creating an original five-by-three-foot pirate flag, just in time for Halloween. Although it's designed as a preview for my upcoming Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course---from which it's excerpted---this project actually involves as much work with Photoshop as Illustrator. Not to mention a Sharpie.

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Martini Hour 088, In Which We Magically Change Color

Don't worry dekePhotoshopLovers, we're a little obsessed with Illustrator lately, but now that the Book is off to the printer (insert sigh of relief) we'll get back to our PhotoshopLove soon. But Illustrator has some magical powers as well, and this week in the 'lounge we discuss the magic of the elusive Live Color. It's elusive because Adobe has all but abandoned the term, but the powers remain. And I frankly think it's pretty cool that you can map every color in your illustration to another color to match your website, wardrobe, or interior decorating needs. As you can see below, changing color can turn a menacing pirate into a suspiciously Yoda-like creature:

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One Advanced: Preview Coming @ U

Lately, my site has gone as feral as the animal pictured below. Which is somewhat intriguing. I mean, a site gone wild is a sight to behold. But my plan is to change that.

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, Chapter 14: Gradients

Today, I'm writing to announce two things: First, I finally finished my all-new Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course for lynda.com. And second, while that course won't go live until late November (about the time the U.S. members of this site celebrate how the Pilgrims ostensibly broke bread with the Indians before their progeny thought, no wait, let's kill them), I have a special 6-day preview planned for you in just a couple of days. Read more » 

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Photoshop 3D (and Toy Story 3)

As those of you who have watched my training videos for lynda.com know, I spend a lot of time doing "deep dives." My three Photoshop CS5 One-on-One courses add up to nearly 64 hours (which is why the editors have recently taken to calling them Dekelopedias). I spend a lot of time outlining the projects and bringing myself up-to-speed on the features. But the vast majority of my time is spent creating and researching the project files, which I try to make as real-world and compelling as I can.

I mention this because my next foray---after I complete Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery---will be a thus-far unnamed series on Photoshop CS5 Extended's 3D capabilities. And as I plunk around formulating project files, I can't help but look to Pixar for inspiration. I mean, even the detail below (the chin and chest from the lovable, malignant, strawberry-smellin' Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3, which hits grocer's shelves in a couple of weeks) is enough to make a digital artist gasp with amazement, not to mention cry with envy.

Detail from Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear

Truth be told, Photoshop isn't nearly capable enough to handle these sorts of texture and lighting effects. (Pixar has software the rest of us only dream about.) But Photoshop's brand of 3D is a rich and deep group of features, one that has experienced tremendous growth in the last few versions and will continue to grow in the future. My questions to you are: What do you want to see? What do you expect from Photoshop 3D? What kind of 3D images do you desperately need to create? What sorts of effects do you want me to focus on? Read more » 

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