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Deke's Techniques 051: Creating a Stained-Glass Ornament

Deke's Techniques 051: Creating a Stained-Glass Ornament

Hey, gang! Welcome to my last Deke's Techniques video of 2011.

I know, some of you worried this kooky series (officially made a course at lynda.com) wouldn't last the entire year. After all, witness the short-form stuff I've created. My passing fancy with dekePod (click the link and then the "last" button at bottom for evidence). My two-year stint with "Martini Hour." And my eventual abandonment of the Photoshop Bible. (Altho that last one was not short-form, dammit; I devoted a dozen years of my tiny life to that ginormous title!)

If you only knew me. I'm a marathon guy. (Again, I cite the Photoshop Bible.) And, lo, Deke's Techniques lives on.

This week, I make for you A Special Holiday Gift. As Christmas and Hanukkah converge, I yield forth a hummingbird rendered as a precious stained-glass ornament. It's a small gift---not to mention, a digital (and so ephemeral) one---but what it lacks in stature in makes up for in pure training mass.

Here's The Official Holiday Description from My Beloved Video Publisher, lynda.com: Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

This week I take a photo of an everyday average woman screaming her brains out and double-map her onto a photograph of shattered glass (both from the Fotolia image library). Is she singing so loudly she breaks a mirror? Or is she a photo stuck behind the glass, shouting to get out? I ask those questions twice more inside the video, so please enjoy my repetition. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 004: Creating a Hammered Metal Background

Deke's Techniques 004: Creating a Hammered Metal Background

Today's installment of Deke's Techniques shows you how to create an entirely automated background pattern using a trio of smart filters and a pattern overlay. Here's the official (and extremely awesome) description:

It's another week and time for another quick technique from Deke. In this week's episode, Deke shows you how to create something heartily substantial from something virtually nonexistent. Specifically, Deke creates a hammered metal background (featured behind last week's gold type) from insubstantial clouds and glass. Leave it to Photoshop (and Deke) to create such opportunities for irony.

Start with a field of black pixels, apply some smart filters, and top it off with a little rusty metal pattern, and you have a wall of textured metal that will support any creation you want to build on top of it. And because you're using the Clouds and Difference Clouds filters, which are based on random fractal noise, your wall of steel won't look exactly like anyone else's when you put it to use in your own projects. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS3 Channels & Masks

Essentially a collection of luminance data that controls the transparency of an image, the modest alpha channel informs just about everything you do in Photoshop. and coming to terms with alpha channels (a.k.a. masks) is the most sure-fire way to boost the quality of your work in Photoshop. But masking isn’t easy. In fact, the elusive alpha channel has been described as the least understood feature in Photoshop’s enormous arsenal. Until now, that is. In Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masks, expert Deke McClelland blows the lid off the topic. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks

The elusive alpha channel remains one of the most misunderstood yet powerful tools in Photoshop. Alpha channels are collections of luminance data that control the transparency of an image, and they inform just about every aspect of Photoshop. Selections, layer boundaries, masks, the Quick Mask mode, layer masks, knockouts, and masking with the Channels palette all rely on alpha channels. In Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks, award-winning author and Photoshop expert Deke McClelland teaches channels and masks comprehensively. Read more » 

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