Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to access a (Photoshop-created) clipping path inside Illustrator.

The saga begins with this model from, around which Deke has drawn a clipping path in Photoshop in order to separate her from her background.

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Deke's Techniques 483: Making a Boy Fly through the Air in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 483: Making a Boy Fly through the Air in Photoshop

Greetings my dekeQuarians from North Sulawesi, Indonesia, where there is a decided lack of constant Holiday music and the weather is always about 85°.

But no worries, we're headed back to the snow and seasonal sentiment onslaught tomorrow. And in the meantime, this week's free Deke's Techniques features a wonderful tale of a Photoshop holiday miracle. And to make it extra special, Deke tells the story in Clement C Moore-inspired verse.

In this week's project, you'll see how Deke takes my nephew Tomas---as captured pretending to fly on his grandmother's living room carpet...

Tommy on the carpet

and sets him against this dramatic sky...

Dramatic clouds from

to make this composition, worthy of its six-year-old superhero subject:

Boy flies through the clouds courtesy of Photoshop

Along the way, you'll see how Deke creates the mask that moves Tommy from the floor to the clouds. And if you're a member of, Deke's got two follow up movies in which he creates the blast trails with motion blur and masks the legs into the clouds with the Quick selection tool. If you're not yet a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at

Merry Photoshop, all! Hope you're flying free in this holiday season. Read more » 

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Learn How to Mask Hair, Down to the Final Fragile Follicle, in Photoshop

My final video course of 2011 for the Online Training Library is now live. Titled Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Hair, it lives up to its name, showing you how to mask and composite the most fragile of all photographic details, hair, in that most powerful of masking applications, Photoshop.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Hair

(Yes, I'm aware that the term "follicle" specifically refers to the root of the hair, not the part we see and therefore need to mask. It's all about the alliteration, dammit!)

My goal is to boost both your skills and your confidence. As well as pass along lots of useful, in-the-trenches techniques. All in just 3 hours and 6 minutes! Here's an illustrated outline of the four feature-rich chapters and the fun, challenging projects that accompany them: Read more » 

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Photoshop Masking & Compositing: The Free PDF Companion

Last month marked the debut of Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals, my video-based introduction to the principals of masking for At more than 11 hours long, the course is not only comprehensive, but also demanding.

So I decided to try out an experiment, in the form of an 11-page PDF companion. Available for free to members of dekeOnline, this file provides a few helpful services: First, it provides an introduction to the course as a whole. Second, it outlines the contents of each of the nine chapters, including the names of all 128 movies. Third, it provides links to the free movies, of which there are 12 in all. (It is's custom to make 10 percent of any course free to non-members.) And finally, I recommend what I consider to be the three most useful movies in each chapter. All links are live, but to see the linked movies, you'll need an Internet connection, you'll have to be a member of the Online Training Library, and you'll need to be logged into the Web site.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: The PDF Companion

You'll need to be a member of dekeOnline to proceed. Read more » 

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The Next "Photoshop Masking & Compositing" Course Goes Live @

Ask anyone at Adobe what distinguishes Photoshop from every other image-editing program, app, or digital blip on the planet, and they'll tell you "masking and compositing." Apparently you agree, because my video course Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals is tearing up the planet over at It's N-to-the-1-to-the-L-D-C, as the dope kids say. As if I'd know.

Naturally, I'm gratified. (Thanks very much, btw!) Plus, it emboldens me to report: Today I and my beloved video publisher release another installment in the series, Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Advanced Blending. The image below might make it look exacting and academic. Which it is. But it's also expansive and practical. Because it tells the ultimate post-processing story: How to paint without permanence, create without consequences, and, in the end, mask without masking. In short, how to assemble photorealistic artwork through the pure power of artistic thought. It really is that good.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Advanced Blending

This is a short course, just 4 hours, and yet it manages to comprise 9 chapters. Here they are: Read more » 

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