Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop
Deke creates a hand lettered effect to his Chinese chop by employing Illustrator art brushes inside Photoshop

Photoshop Top 40, Feature #25: Selection Calculations

Feature #25: Selection Calculations

Most of Photoshop’s top features are expressed as tools or commands. But some are more conceptual, meaning that they have almost no interface associated with them. Seriously, it goes from your mind to your hands to the mouse to the keyboard to Photoshop.

Selection calculations are a fantastic example. Want to make a new selection? Just drag. Add to an existing selection? Press the Shift key and drag. And that, my friends, is only the beginning. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 037, In Which Colleen Welcomes One and All to the Eyecandy Sound Lounge

We had so much fun holding live Martini Hours in Las Vegas. And the audience full of dekeOphiles who came to spend time with us were so cool and supportive! (Some of them even took their shoes off before being asked.) But it gives us a huge thrill this week to start sharing the first of several podcast episodes that we recorded during Photoshop World, live from the Eyecandy Sound Lounge in the Mandalay Bay Casino. Because, finally, we can share our frolicking with those of you who could only be there in spirit. (And revisit the fun with those of you who made it to our lounge-away-from-'Lounge in person.)

This week's show features the first of our live guests, Adobe's own Julianne Kost and Russell Brown (captured above by our chief olive wrangler Toby Malina). Russell has appeared on three previous Martini Hours. But for scheduling reasons--or so she claims!--this is Julianne's first time. Like Deke, these two Photoshop Hall of Famers are steeped in imaging wisdom. But unlike Deke, they have direct access to Photoshop's key programmers. Plus, they're slim, tall, and good looking. While looks don't mean a damn thing in an audio-only podcast, we figured it was only fitting that our guests' appearance fit the mood of the Eyecandy lounge.

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #26: Dodge and Burn

Feature #26: Dodge and Burn

Just three features ago, I demonstrated the Liquify filter, which I described as "one of Photoshop's great destructive retouching tools" (see Feature #29: Liquify). The words one of implied that more were on the way, as they are, starting this week with two tools that recently rose like twin Pheonix from the ashes, dodge and burn.

Like Liquify, D&B permanently modify pixels in the interest of making those pixels look better than when they started. Both are brushes. The dodge tool brushes in brightness; the burn tool brushes in darkness. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 036, In Which Deke Christens This Week's Caller Daffodil

Hello, friends. Deke here this week. (Colleen is buried hundreds of pages deep inside a book we hope to one day call Photoshop Elements 8 One-on-One, which is slated for delivery next month. Poor dear; book writing is such torment.) And so it is my esteemed privilege to present you with Martini Hour 036, the last dekeLounge-recorded Martini Hour before we embark on a long series of shows captured live and loose from Las Vegas. Baby.

This week's C&D-only show features a question from a caller who fails to identify herself. I dub her Daffodil because she sounds so sweet and pretty and harmless. But Daffodil's question is about the most horrifying one we've encountered, perfect for Halloween: Why is it that Pantone spot colors look one way in Illustrator and InDesign, and another in Photoshop? And how in the world do you correct this problem?

By way of example, we take on Pantone 172: Is it Pumpkin or Grenadine? (See the swatches in the graphic, top left. I mean, holy shit, how different are those?)

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #27: The Crop Tool

Feature #27: The Crop Tool

Okay, so the crop tool isn't necessarily Photoshop's most exciting feature. But what in the hell would we do without it? This one tool lets you clip away the edges of a photograph so you can hone in on just those details that you want to keep. You can straighten an image that you inadvertently shot cock-eyed. And best of all, you can temporarily hide portions of an image (as opposed to forever clip them) so that you can restore the cropped areas and recompose the image five ways to Sunday.

Which is a lot of "featuricity" for one tool. As usual, I show you more than how the crop tool works. (Cropping couldn't be much more obvious.) Rather, I show you how to exploit the crop tool six ways to Tuesday. Which is the promise of Photoshop Top 40, after all. Read more » 

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