Selectively Make Part of Your Image Black & White
Deke reveals how to turn part of an image to black & white whilst leaving other elements highly saturated.

Martini Hour 042, In Which Jay Maisel Refuses to Mind Meld with Deke

Words of advice: If you ever find yourself drinking martinis and chatting with creative, charming digital imaging experts all day long in front of a live audience, I recommend finishing with guests who inspire and keep you laughing at the same time. Such was the case in this, the last of our live recordings from the Eyecandy Sound Lounge during Photoshop World, when Photoshop Diva Katrin Eismann and Notorious American Photographer Extraordinaire Jay Maisel appeared in front of our live audience in Las Vegas to talk with us about photography, photo retouching (or not), and the general state of the photographer's mind.

Here's what you'll experience in this lively loungy episode: Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #20: Free Transform

Feature #20: Free Transform

As powerful as Photoshop is, there is little about the program that is obvious. Case in point: How do you rotate a layer? Right-click on it and select Rotate? Choose Rotate from the Layer menu? Click on the rotate tool? The answer is no, no, and no. Fortunately, there’s the Free Transform command, which lets you not just rotate but also scale, slant, and distort a layer in one continuous operation. Edt > Free Transform is one of Photoshop's most fundamental commands, with a keyboard shortcut to prove it: Ctrl+T (Cmd-T on the Mac). Read more » 

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Tryptophan Hour 001: In Which Colleen and Deke Give Thanks for Our Tasty Lives with All the Trimmings

It seems like just a year ago I was tracing around my hand to make a Kindergarter-inspired Colleen-O-Vision image for the Thanksgiving dekeLand newsletter. Well, come to think of it, it was a year ago. This year, I put Deke in charge of drawing the hand-turkey. Is he making fun of me?

In the last year, we've consumed a veritable cornocopia of tasty treats here at dekeVille, USA. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #21: The Gradient Tool

Feature #21: The Gradient Tool

As regulars to this weekly podcast know, Photoshop Top 40 is a reverse-order countdown of what I consider to be the best, most essential, can't-live-without-'em features in all of Photoshop. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are sizzling cool. And then there's this one: the gradient tool.

I mean, every program offers a gradient tool, right? But Photoshop's is special. Not only can you paint a soft transition from black to white, or between any two or more colors for that matter. But you can also soften the transition from one image to another. The gradient tool fades, swipes, tapers, and more. It is, simply put, one of Photoshop's simplest and most powerful masking functions. Read more » 

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Photoshop Forensics in France

Welcome to our extra-special, Thanksgiving-week contest. This one revolves around the 21 images that I posted in my two-part "Southern France Rocks" travelogue. For the sake of reference, here are links to Part 1 and Part 2. And just for fun, here's a graphic of one of the images in progress.

The idea is this: Either I or a friend of mine shot nearly all the images using one of two cameras: an Olympus E-30 digital SLR, or an Olympus Stylus 1030 SW point-and-shoot. (Just one image comes from another camera; can you tell me which it is and the camera model?)

I selected from the best photographs. Even so, they needed Photoshop's loving care. Now as you know, Photoshop isn't just for fixing mistakes or creating elaborate compositions. In fact, its first and foremost mission is bring out the best of what your photographs naturally have to offer. Which is what I did. No switched-out skies. No artificial reflections. No slimming with the Liquify filter. Just some elbow grease and lots of good old-fashioned image correction. Read more » 

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