Deke's Techniques 603: Drawing a Half-Circle Highlight in Keynote
Deke figures out how to draw a semi-circle to highlight a key element of a keynote slide.

Deke's Techniques 003: Rendering Type in Gold

Deke's Techniques 003: Rendering Type in Gold

Today's installment of Deke's Techniques is about rendering type in gold. Here's the official descrip:

Welcome to this week's technique from Deke, in which lynda.com author Deke McClelland shows you how to turn ordinary type into extraordinary gold. And being the noted Photoshop trainer that he is, Deke manages this feat of alchemy in under ten minutes. This is no garish fool's gold, but a lovely soft, volumetric effect that will lend luster to your own creations. And because it's all done with Photoshop's layer effects, your treasured text can be edited at any moment if you change your mind about its gilded message.

Stop back next week for another of Deke's Techniques, brought to you free every week. And lynda.com members should check out the entire course in the Online Training Library, where you'll not only find all the techniques to date collected in one place, but also discover additional short videos that show you how to enhance the effects you see here, apply them with greater efficiency, or display them with greater flexibility. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 098, In Which Colleen Eats Great Photoshop Brain

Braaaaaaaaains. Yummy tasty smart brains are what the dekeLounge zombies like best (after martinis). So this week, I treat myself to two of the best Photoshop-teaching brains around: the aforementioned Deke and the Photoshop Diva Brain of Katrin Eismann. Sitting down with two of the most notoriously effective Photoshop teachers in the world, I decide to quiz them about where those moments of Photoshop learning really click for students. Having just started this process fairly recently (learning Photoshop, that is), I wonder about those moments where you suddenly feel like you "get it," and can actually whip yourself up a satisfying piece of digital imaging artistry without picking up the hotline to Deke. (Of course, when all else fails, that's what I do, but once I understood how blend modes, selections, and layers were actually worked---a few of my "aha" moments---I could save my dekeQueries for really complex stuff. 

Martini Hour 098: Zombies with Katrin Eismann

So we sat down with Katrin this week to discuss those very moments of Photoshop clarity. And, eat good Photoshop Brain, of course.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 002: Branding Type on a Texture

Deke's Techniques 002: Branding Type on a Texture

Hey gang,

Today, I am on a plane flying halfway across the world on a week-long vacation. But thanks to the miracle of me writing this post four days in advance, I appear to be "here" today. Wherever "here" is.

Anyway, "here's" the thing: Today marks the second in my "never-ending" series of Deke's Techniques. (That's right: I will die, you will die, the human race will die, the robot overlords who destroyed us will die. And yet---I don't understand how---Deke's Techniques will continue. When the Vulcans discover Earth, this is all they will find. I know, when I first heard, I was like: how messed up is that?)

Today's episode is about using type in Photoshop to brand an image. Imagine that your image is a cow or a pig. And the type is a big hot branding iron. Only much gentler on both the giver and receiver. (Come on, no one wants to hurt livestock! Unless, you know, if a cheerful young fattened pig accidentally died, in which case I'd totally throw down for a plate-full of its bacon.) Here's Colleen's official description: Read more » 

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Martini Hour 097, In Which We Hype That Thing That Just Happened Two Days Ago

So dekeGeeks (new collective noun courtesy of dekeOnline member Dave Naves), you've heard about Deke's new series for lynda.com, Deke's Techniques---or "dekesTeknekes" as the kids are calling it (courtesy of dekeOnline member Elizabeth Gower). As you've seen with this week's installment these are ten minute (time limit courtesy of lynda.com VP of Content Michael Ninness) techniques in which you learn something in a self-contained video that you can put to use as soon as you're done watching Deke in motion. 

For instance, note how I mention during this show I want to learn, say... how to set type on fire. So what does Deke do? He figures out how to do it relatively reproduce-ably using quick tools that make it happen in under the aforementioned ten minutes. Then you can go off and use it in your own projects, like the marquee for your martini-quaffing podcast. (No, I did not make this graphic; Deke has to do something around here besides sip gin.) And it's so wicked cool, you can click on it to see a high-res version, perhaps a first for Martini Hour graphics. 

Martini Hour 097: Deke's Techniques Goes Live

Doesn't that just toast your marshmallows? (And if you need to cool your aforementioned marshmallows off, check out this week's preview episode, Ice Type.) During the course of the show we discuss some of the other techniques Deke will be covering in the next few weeks: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 001: Creating Ice Type

Deke's Techniques 001: Creating Ice Type

Happy New Year, dekeOtopians. To kick things off with style, we're launching Deke's Techniques, a new offering of bite-sized training from your beloved computer graphics guru (who, as you know, beloves you right back). Deke's Techniques is a cross between a weekly blog post, podcast, and project-based tutorial, presented in Deke's signature (and lovably notorious) step-by-step style. Each week, you can enjoy a free video here, in which Deke shares another of his visually compelling creative effects in a quick, accessible, recipe format. And while here at dekeOnline we'll feature a new video for everyone to enjoy each week, over at lynda.com, members will have access to the entire, ever-growing collection of Deke's Techniques directly from the library (including lots of exclusive library-only videos). Read more » 

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