Deke's Techniques 475: Make Coloring Book-Style Placecards in Illustrator
Deke does a final riff on his Thankgiving placecard project, by making coloring-book style generic people your guests can customize.

Martini Hour 070, In Which Colleen Gets Schooled in Illustrator CS5 by the Benevolent Masters

Ah...feels so good to be in the dekeLounge, knowing that the first book in Deke's CS5  One-on-One series is going off to the printer Monday. (It will feel even better Monday.) But now that Photoshop is done, it's time to turn our attention to Illustrator. And what better way to kick off the next phase of the madness around here (that madness being the creation of the new, long-awaited Illustrator CS5 One-on-One book), than to invite the guru's guru, Mordy Golding, to haul himself off the golf course and have a cocktail with us. And talk Illustrator CS5, of course. Which is what we do. (Do I sound punchy? I feel punchy. Let's have some punch.)

Martini Hour Adobe Illustrator CS5 New

Actually, it's Pimm's and Ginger this week, as we consider the following awesomeness of Adobe's Vector Wrangler Extraordinaire. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 069, In Which Deke Recognizes the iPhone 4 and Before (b4)

Call it the iMartini Hour. You know we like to sit around, shoes off, sipping cocktails with our our good friends Chris Breen and Ben Long, talking about things that start with with a lowercase i. In case you hadn't heard, there's this device called the iPhone. Some guy (Steve... something) unveiled something about a new one just this week. Well, turns out iChris and iBen specialize in the thing...Super-specialize, actually, in that they teach a super-session at Macworld Expo all about the iPhone. So we sync our brains to theirs this week, and learn a thing or two about how to enhance our iPhone experience.

Martini Hour 069: Apple's iPhone 4 and Before

From now until June 15, these are the hottest tips you need. Read more » 

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I'm Hard at Work on Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Not to tread on Colleen's Martini Hour post---honest, you gotta check it out: it's our first Digital Member Be-In show, another crazy-but-brilliant Colleen concoction---but I just had to take a moment and share with you what I'm up to these days.

Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals is burning up the charts at the Online Training Library. And my revamped Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One book (with exhaustive all-new videos) is nearing completion. So I thought I'd let you know, I'm close to wrapping up my follow-up video series, Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, a file from which appears below.

Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Please remember, this is no afterthought course full of additional stuff in the unlikely event that you want to be acquainted with everything in Photoshop. This is hard-core, must-know, essential info, packaged in an independent course purely for the sake of expediency. Remember how they made J. R. R. Tolkien divide Lord of the Rings into three parts? Which is insane, because if you didn't read the whole series, how would you know what happened to Fodo and Gollum and Samwise? It's like that, except that no one made me do it. I volunteered the idea and everyone said, "Yeah, whatever. Keep recording, man!" Simply put, it's the sequel. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 068, In Which Colleen's Past and Present Collide To Talk Web Graphics

I got this brilliant idea which we experimented with this week. I was thinking the people who hang out here at dekeOnlinia are so cool, so supportive, so insightful, we should invite some of them to go head-to-head and ask their questions directly of Deke, fortified by cocktails in the dekeLounge. When my "old" friend Dave Naves (dnaves to you here in the dekeOmmunity) had asked some questions around here about web graphics, I thought it would be fun to invite him join us for Martini Hour to see if Deke actually knew the answers. Dave's been a web developer almost as long as he's known me, which is a long time. And what develops, is sort of a two-phase conversation along the lines of "Why do designers do what they do?" and "What are the tools that either Dave or his clients might need in order to do those things? (Or convince designers to start doing for themselves). And then, of course, we can't help but ask Dave a question or two about SEO and other newfangled concepts that we like to consider over cocktails here at dekeOnline.

Here are just a few highlights from this first meeting of the community and guru minds: Read more » 

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals Goes Live

Hello, gang. I hope Memorial Day treated you well and you are now back in the saddle and riding high on this Tuesday, the 1st day of the 1st month of Summer.

Just a quick note to let you know: My insanely in-depth, comprehensive-as-all-get-out Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals course has gone live on the Online Training Library. It spans roughly 250 movies lasting 23 hours, meaning that it offers more than enough to satisfy both the lightest and the darkest of your vector-based cravings. Iit even includes the well-worn and infinitely flexible ghost robot, rendered here inside a surfboard. In all seriousness, who among us could resist riding the waves with one foot below his empty heart and another on his pitifully screaming mouth?

Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Not that I've ever actually surfed or anything. But I have rode the high seas of vector-based adventure for nigh on 23 years. And I've poured much of my experience into these videos. (After all, I have to save something back for the Advanced and Mastery courses.) Read more » 

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