Deke's Techniques 577: Quick and Chalky Chalkboard Type
Deke turns regular text into a chalkboard effect thanks to some filters, blend modes, and an adjustment layer.

Some Other Free Deke: Select and Mask Workspace in Photoshop

Hey, my fellow dekeItarians. We're having some glitches with Deke's Techniques this week, and the free episode may not make it up until tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to suggest another bit of freeDeke that's available over at lynda.com. There are a couple of unlocked movies on the new Select and Mask "taskspace" in Photoshop CC 2015.5.

(Which is sillier, taskspace as a phrase or calling something 2015.5 in the middle of 2016? But I digress.)

Anyway, this new "space that takes over Photoshop proper) has some cool features for refining your selections and masks. You needn't be a lynda.com member to watch the first two movies. Click on the image, or one of the many other redundant links in this post).

The new Select and Mask workspace in Photoshop CC 2015.5

If you'd like to watch more of the updates course, and you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

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Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to animate by tweening layers in Photoshop. Yes, Photoshop.

Lest you think that Deke lives in a world where you just make cool stuff for the fun of it, this cool thing was actually created in the service of an upcoming course that Deke (and our talented friend Hergen Spalink of gotmuck.com) has created on underwater photography.

The goal was to animate what happens inside a digital camera when you use the x-sync feature to capture fish in motion. Like this:

But of course, Deke can't just leave all the artistry underwater. He has to get out of the water and get to Photoshop to illustrate what he just did.

In particular, he uses the Timeline panel in Photoshop to tween between various states of the slats of a camera curtain falling down to expose the sensor and the strobe going off. Smile, fishies!

Rear Sync animation

The calm way Deke approaches making the blades of the camera curtain go down, adding a "flash" of white, and then having all the slats fall back into place, requires some patience I'm not sure I have. But even I have to admit that the final effect is not only cool, but usefully instructive.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to tween new layers across existing frames. If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Deke's Techniques, bringing you (tweened) layers of instruction every week.

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Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke finally finishes the sketched portrait he promised me by taking that line drawing that was absolutely slaved over inside Adobe Photoshop Sketch (starting two weeks ago), bringing it into the actual real Photoshop, and combining it with the actual real photograph here in order to create an awesome portrait if I do say so myself.

Deke describes it thusly:

"Now what I love about this is notice the detail inside the face. Compare that with the relative lack of detail in the line drawing and the great thing about this detail is we don't have to draw it. We can just cheat, oops, I mean combine the two photographs inside Photoshop."

A photo, a sketch traced in Adobe Sketch, and then combined for a portrait.

I, however, see it this way. Take a tired photo of me, draw an attractive but crazy eyed cartoon version from it, then combine the two in order to make a delightfully attractive avatar.

If you're not a member of lynda.com, and you'd like to watch all the movies in this project (or anything else in the world of dekeCourses), you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Hey, Gang.

Still phoning it in from vacation this week, only this time not quite so literally. We are at last returned home to beautiful Boulder so my internet is fully restored. But I'm still scraping the sand and sun from the California coast out of all of our luggage. No matter, Deke's still at work on a portrait in Adobe Sketch. Check it out! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Hey, Gang. Going to literally phone it in this week due to being on vacation and that vacation landing in Big Sur, CA (a land with less internet connectivity that parts of Indonesia and almost as little access to electricity). On the not phoning it in front, check out Deke's Techniques this week that features advice for how to trace a photo in Adobe Sketch, and a follow up movie that shows how he added my facial features to the sketch. See you when we get home from our lovely California adventure! Read more » 

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