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New Course, New Photoshop: Deke Reviews the Creative Cloud Updates (with New Free Videos)

If you're a member of Creative Cloud, you know (or you're about to know) that Adobe has released a whole new Photoshop (called CC 2014) which actually replaces earlier versions of your Adobe apps rather than just pushes out interesting updated features.

(I wouldn't attempt to explain how or why it's working this way, but I can leave you in the care of Adobe Goddess and Friend-of-dekeLand Julieanne Kost for that part of the mystery.) 

But I can explain, with the capable help of Deke and his new course, what is new and interesting about Photoshop CC (2104): 

New Course: Photoshop 2014

If you're not a member of and you'd like to check it out, you can sign up a free week's trial at If you'd rather just get some quick, interesting insights from Deke, check out these links to free movies about a couple of interesting new features below. 

Free Movie: "Selecting In-Focus Areas of a Photo"
A new feature under the Select menu, the Focus Area command, allows you to select areas of your image that are in focus and leave the blurry stuff behind. For instance, you can liberate the gentleman below from his out-of-focus partner using this new feature (plus some refinement with the trusty Refine Edge command as Deke demonstrates in the movie.)


Free Video: The Color Adaptation Option to Content-Aware Fill
Now when you use Content-Aware Fill to fill in a blank area (or a patch, or anything else that uses the Content-Aware magic calculation to replace pixels), you have the option of choosing a Color Adaptation modification. This feature can help ensure that the fill better blends with its surroundings. Note below how the old-school Content-Aware Fill leaves a grey opaque splotchiness when I attempt to fill in extra canvas. If I turn on the Color Adaption checkbox in the Fill dialog box, the background on the bottom image looks much smoother. 

Check out Photoshop: 2014 Creative Cloud Updates to see more interesting stuff in this latest offering. Or head over to the rest of Deke's collection of courses and remember any movie that's listed in blue in a Table of Contents is unlocked and ready to be watched by all.  Read more » 

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Photoshop Content Awareness: the Move, the Patch, the Cheating at Golf

In honor of the first chapter of Deke's latest course update, Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate, I got to thinking about interesting uses of the Content-Aware family of Photoshop tools (the subject of Chapter 1 of said course). 

Basically, "content-aware" features work similarly to earlier Photoshop features (Move, Patch, Fill) but they do so in a way that considers the contextual information present in the image. So, instead of telling Photoshop, "Hey, Fill this selected space with the Background color," you instead say, "Fill this, and figure out what it should be filled with based on the contents of my image."

The net result can be magical or tragic, but if you use the right combination of tools (and admit the fact you may have to clean up your results with some classic Healing Brush or other retouching work) then Content-Aware tools pretty much stay on their side of magic. 

For example, let's say I recognized the fact that one is not allowed to move one's golf ball closer to the hole. But let's also say, that although the USGA prohibits moving your ball, they don't explicitly say you can't move the hole. It's Photoshop Rules, people. And here's how Photoshop's Move and Patch tools, in their Content-Aware modes, can really shine. 

Here's a quick look at how to use these two tools to their greatest golf-gaming advantage. Because although you may not need to cheat at golf, you may find untold riches in knowing how to leverage these features in your own work:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 052: Removing Unwanted People from a Photo with Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 052: Removing People from a Photo

Hello everyone. Happy New Year, and welcome to the first anniversary of Deke's Techniques. I began this weekly video series on January 4 of 2011, and I am assured by the good folks at that it will last well into the future.

What better way to celebrate the outset of 2012 than with a wedding photo? And not just any photo, but a candid shot with a bunch of unwanted people in the background. My friend, Mary (the bride), asked me to remove those interlopers so that she and her groom, Billy, can enjoy some much-needed time alone. Which is exactly what I do in this video.

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Photoshop World 2010 Las Vegas Session Notes

A mere three weeks ago---seriously? has it been that long?---I joined a few dozen of my fellow self-appointed experts for the largest gathering of Photoshop users on the planet: Photoshop World 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. At that event, I presented three all-new sessions on the topics of Photoshop CS5, the pen tool, and Camera Raw 6.

Photoshop World 2010 PDF notes for download

At that event, I distributed more than a thousand black-and-white notes that my illustrious sidekick, Colleen Wheeler, printed out for the attendees. But black-and-white goes only so far. Which is why I include the notes for all three sessions as full-color PDF documents that you can download from this post. The notes are altogether free to members of dekeOnline. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 063, In Which We Finally Put the See and the Ess and the Five Together, Legally, with John and Bryan

At last our friends John (Nack, Adobe Senior Product Manager for Photoshop) and Bryan (O'Neil Hughes, Photoshop Product Manager) are in the lounge and free to speak about Photoshop CS5. We didn't even have to get them liquored up to extract secrets from them this time. No, we were freely able to quiz them about their favorite new features in the latest version of Photoshop. 

(For the record, I was there, and it was the real Bryan O'Neil Hughes, and he is not a witch. As far as we know...Although he does show an uncanny capability to run very long distances and still have a giant grin on his face. Suspicious, yes, but supernatural?)

The new features in Photoshop CS5

Here's what we covered... Read more » 

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