Deke's Techniques 465: Turn Day into (Halloween) Night

Deke's Techniques 465: Turn Day into (Halloween) Night

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, we continue this year's Halloween hijinks by turning an image of a mansion in the daylight into a nighttime scene by using a Camera Raw adjustment layer.

Turn a daytime mansion into a haunted nighttime house in Photoshop

(Note that the goblins have gotten into the YouTube channel today, so I've linked directly to the library---which accounts for why some of our other links are temporarily haunted today as well. Just click on the arrow of the spooky black rectangle above to see the video.)

If you're a member of, or you sign up for a free 10-day trial at, Deke's got three (!) exclusive movies in which he adds the lit windows, bat-moon from last week, and (of course) a ghost in the window. Read more » 

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Deeeeeke's Techniques 266: Creating Dripping Gooey Letters for Halloween (or Any Other Suitably Ghastly Occasion)

Create Gooey Dripping Letters in Photoshop

This week, Deke continues his Halloween tradition by bringing you yet another creepy October-appropriate (and free) Deke's Technique: ghastly, dripping, oozing letters, suitable for your Halloween headlines.  

We begin with this unsuspecting text in Photoshop, minding its own business (except for the foreshadowed message of its actual content) and eventually turn it into festering, glowing, slimy, possibly radioactive...(how many more words for ooze can I think of before I mention snot?)

Here's the starting point. Your standard un-scary word written in Photoshop with your ordinary Impact font:  Read more » 

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Martini Hour 081, In Which We Experience Lounge Lights in High Dynamic Range

This week in the dekeLounge, we fulfill the promise we made a few weeks ago, and visit the through-the-looking-glass other worldly effects of the new HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5.  Hip dekeSters know, of course, that HDR stands for high dynamic range, meaning that the results capture both ends of the shadow-to-highlight continuum. Photoshop CS5’s HDR Pro lets you combine bracketed frames of the same subject that were shot at different exposures, which allows a wider range of luminance data to be combined in one image.The result is a compilation that in some ways more closely mimics the way our eyes—rather than our camera sensors—are able to take in a broad range of light information. What that means in practical terms is that you can create an image that resonates with depth and detail.

What that means in dekeLounge terms is that, cocktails in hand, Deke takes me on a tour of the wonderland that is HDR Pro. Here are the handy highlights: Read more » 

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Uses for the (New??) Subtract and Divide Blend Modes

There's been a fair amount of interest around the Subtract and Divide blend modes that Adobe recently added to the Photoshop CS5 Layers panel. Subtract is not actually new; it's been around forever in the Calculations and Apply Image dialog boxes. And even in the Layers panel, where Subtract is a freshman, you could achieve the same effect by inverting a Linear Burn layer. The Divide mode, meanwhile, is slightly-more authentically new. (Inverting a Color Dodge layer produces an identical effect, but previously there was no mode named Divide.) Even so, they have their uses. Which is why Blend Mode Man so enthusiastically contemplates their formulas below:

Photoshop CS5's Subtract and Divide modes

It's okay if you're afraid. You'd have to be as wicked-cool as Blend Mode Man to smile in the face of such bewildering information. Thankfully, it only gets easier from here. (But you'll have to be member to read more.) Read more » 

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