Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator
Deke saves a clipping path in Photoshop to be exploited in Adobe Illustrator

Deke’s Techniques 010: Making 3D Type with Repoussé

Deke’s Techniques 010: Making 3D Type with Repoussé

For the last several months, the lynda.com Online Training Library (OTL) has offered one and only one movie on Photoshop CS5 Extended's most significant enhancement, Repoussé. Which is a rare oversight on our part. Generally speaking, the OTL contains more videos on more topics than you can shake a forest-full of sticks at. And happily this time next month, we'll have 22 videos on Repoussé. But for the present, here's our second movie on the topic, which I call "Making 3D Type with Repoussé."

What is Repoussé you ask? It's a command that lets you extrude, inflate, and otherwise coerce 2D layers into 3D space. And it's available exclusively in Photoshop CS5 Extended (not the standard version). Read more » 

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Brushing Up on Photoshop's Advanced Painting Tools

Photoshop's name has always been somewhat misleading. Beyond being a digital darkroom for photographers, it's an equally powerful environment for creating artwork from scratch. One of the key ways to do that is by applying digital paint with Photoshop's enormous array of brush tools. The "brush engine" in Photoshop offers tons of power, a small subset of which is employed by its basic brushes.

This tip will show you how to take the reins of Photoshop's advanced painting tools to produce effective, naturalistic, expressive strokes that look not in the smallest way mechanical.

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Incidentally, this tip comes from Chapter 31, "Bristle and Mixer Brushes," from the course Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery on lynda.com.

Oh, and by the way, you folks who have been asking for some advise on using Wacom tablets with Photoshop, here you go. Read more » 

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dekeSpeak March 08, 2011

This Is dekeOnline dekeSpeak The Newsletter of Things Deke: March 08, 2011

Hello friends,

As usual, Deke has been deep-diving. And as much as he enjoys exploring the shallow waters of the digital domain armed only with a digital snorkel, this time he's donning the electronic equivalent of scuba tanks to delve into the uncharted waters of 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Facing a dearth of definitive information on those features, Deke is creating his own body of knowledge with some extraordinary demos, as well as a new course for lynda.com.

Photoshop CS5 has also been a watershed version for painting tools. This week's tip reveals hidden features of the "brush engine" in Photoshop that allows you to make extraordinary artwork from scratch.

Here's what's in store for this edition: Read more » 

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I Have Finished Recording My Video Course, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals

Hello friends: Just a note to let you know that I finished recording my modest Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals video course for lynda.com. I say "modest" because, instead of 250 movies (as in the case of my unexpectedly epic Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced), this course will be a mere 65 movies. Which means you can absorb it in a couple of days.

I don't mean "modest" in scope. These 65 movies pack an enormous amount of information. They introduce you to the world of 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. They teach you how to work with new disciplines, approaches, and tools. And they introduce you to a new vocabulary. Remember when you first learned what a layer mask was? Well, multiply that by five and you have a sense of what's in store.

Photoshop CS5 Extended 3D: Chrome Orbs

The above graphic is the final image from Chapter 5, "Designing and Applying Materials." Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 009: Building a Synthetic Starfield (from Scratch!)

Deke’s Techniques 009: Building a Synthetic Starfield

This week, I and my beloved video publisher lynda.com have a special treat for you: I show you how to create a galaxy of stars, solar flare, and space gas from nothing more than a layer of black pixels. And you can customize it for print, for the web, whatever you want. In just 9 minutes and 1 extra-quick second, you can Big Bang in Photoshop. Read more » 

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