Deke's Techniques 428: Auto-Blending Different Depths-of-Field in Photoshop

Blending Different Depths of Field in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Emperor Photoshopus Dekian shows you how to blend two different depths of field, taken from a museum display case at the Roman Baths in the aptly named Bath, England. The result is the in-focus revelation of both the text in the display, and the coins that are the real focus of the exhibit. Tangentially, it will also make clear Deke's love of all things Ancient Rome.

In the video, you'll see how Deke uses Photoshop's ability to stack and blend layers to mix the important information from this placard, that was placed at the back of the display case:

Text in focus


With this detail from Phillip and Otacilia's coins that were mounted on wires coming to the front of the glass:

Coins in focus


To create this composite, in which all the important details are in focus (and some atmospheric bits still retain their original depth of field:

A blend of two depths of field make all the salient information in focus

Check out the video to see how Emperor Deke fine-tunes the process (and thereby saves you some trial-and-error of your own). And if you'd like to check out other treasures from the museum of Deke's Techniques, you can get a free 10-day trial at Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 543: Building a Better Screenshot (of Photoshop) in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 543: Building a Better Screenshot (of Photoshop) in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke pulls back the meta-curtain and shares some techniques for building a better (Photoshop) screenshot in, well, Photoshop.

This technique was born during our recent update to the Photoshop Channels and Masks book that we're currently working on. Basically, when you want to show a Photoshop screenshot that actually shows a selection (i.e. the marching ants are visible), then you need to boost those white and black dashes artificially if you want them to be seen.

Enter the ability to create a shape layer from a selection. To create bigger, bolder ants, we'll first stroke the selection in a big, bold black. Then, we'll duplicate that layer, and stroke it with a properly dashed white line. The result is a selection outline that's hard to miss.

Make bigger bolder marching ants for better tutorials in Photoshop

(Deke also shows you how he recreated the Quick Select cursor as well, crisp and clear enough that oldsters like us can see it.)

If you're a member of, or you take advantage of a free 10-day trial from, Deke has an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to create an action from this procedure so that you can sass up your selections in split seconds.

And stay tuned for the project that inspired this latest technique!

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making sure you can actually see what he's talking about every week. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 542: Rendering a Person in Liquid Metal in Photoshop

Hey, my dekeOnesians. In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, you will see how to render a dude in liquid metal.

Meanwhile, we are finally back in the states, if not all the way home. Here in our long Seattle layover we have already enjoyed reasonably priced Washington wines, a very delicious hamburger with bacon, water you can drink out of the faucet, and perhaps most importantly for communicating with dekeOphiles, viable internet.

Which is not to say that Indonesia didn't once again provide amazing adventures. If you don't already check out Deke's facebook page, stop by and see all the underwater treasures he's discovered the past two weeks. Also, we didn't wear shoes for over a week in Wakatobi. It's a policy I'm going to implement in Boulder... until the first snow.

Terima Kasih my Indonesian friends and expats for your welcoming spirit and sharing your beautiful undersea wonders. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 540: Rendering a Person in Chrome in Photoshop

Greetings from Wakatobi, Indonesia, my dekeTravelers. In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke covers an unsuspecting model in chrome and then sets him adrift in a field of stars. This is definitely a something old (Chrome filter), something new (Select and Mask workspace) kinda technique. So, basically, youngsters and old timers alike will enjoy, especially if they like Terminator movies.

Boy rendered in chrome with Photoshop's Chrome filter and Select and Mask.

I'm going to make this quick because the sun is setting here in beautiful Southeast Sulawesi. The skies are almost as colorfully gorgeous as the coral reefs below. Oh, speaking of colorful, here is this week's exclusive movie for members, in which Deke takes our chrome-plated friend from the previous movie, and sets it against a fiery blast of a background. If you're not a member of and you want to check it or any other episode out, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at

A firey blast made from the Photoshop clouds filter. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 538: Turn a Panorama into a Tiny Planet

Deke's Techniques 538: Turn a Panorama into a Tiny Planet

Speaking of tiny planets, sorry for the delay this week. We're coming to you from the other side of world (from our perspective), and I think the monkeys of Ubud have absconded with most of our internet.

Anyway, in this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke wraps a panorama of the New York City skyline around its own aqueous core in order to create a tiny planet. If you're a member of, you can see how he adds a bit of shading and depth to Jupiter for realism (because that's what you expect from your tiny planet, a realistic quality.)

Industrious little planet created in Photoshop

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