Deke's Techniques 057: Creating an Dual-Focus Hybrid Image

Deke's Techniques 057: Creating an Dual-Focus Hybrid Image

This week's technique demonstrates how to create a very specific and internet-famous flavor of optical illusion. When viewed from far away, today's image appears as one thing; when viewed close up, it appears as another. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #1: Open and Save

Feature #1: Open and Save

Yesterday, Adobe officially announced its forthcoming parade of graphics applications, Creative Suite 5. One day later, I close my 9-month video countdown Photoshop Top 40 with Feature #1. Timing the end of my Top 40 to the beginning of CS5 seemed like an awful long shot back in July when I started this thing. But Adobe hit its dates, we hit ours, and the two came together as planned.

Just as CS5 and Photoshop Top 40 represent a kind of alpha and omega---one beginning, the other bidding farewell---Feature #1 embodies the alpha and omega of any image-editing cycle: Open and Save. Read more » 

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Photoshop Forensics in France Contest Winners!

Sometime in late November, I promised that ten of you would win in my Photoshop Forensics in France image-sleuthing contest. And now, some 19 days later (time is an illusion, people!), I finally come through. Here's a graphic that explains one of the image manipulations (seamingly subtle but actually huge):

First, let me say, there's going to be an even bigger Photoshop Top 40-themed contest under works this week. Second, here are the ten winners--listed by user name (so hopefully you know who you are--with brief explanations as to why they won. Read more » 

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Photoshop Forensics in France

Welcome to our extra-special, Thanksgiving-week contest. This one revolves around the 21 images that I posted in my two-part "Southern France Rocks" travelogue. For the sake of reference, here are links to Part 1 and Part 2. And just for fun, here's a graphic of one of the images in progress.

The idea is this: Either I or a friend of mine shot nearly all the images using one of two cameras: an Olympus E-30 digital SLR, or an Olympus Stylus 1030 SW point-and-shoot. (Just one image comes from another camera; can you tell me which it is and the camera model?)

I selected from the best photographs. Even so, they needed Photoshop's loving care. Now as you know, Photoshop isn't just for fixing mistakes or creating elaborate compositions. In fact, its first and foremost mission is bring out the best of what your photographs naturally have to offer. Which is what I did. No switched-out skies. No artificial reflections. No slimming with the Liquify filter. Just some elbow grease and lots of good old-fashioned image correction. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS2 Mastering Camera Raw

In the world of digital photography, the raw image is the digital equivalent of a large-format negative. Working with these "digital negatives" allows photographers to have greater artistic control and flexibility during the image-editing process, while still maintaining the integrity of the original raw file. In Photoshop CS2 Mastering Camera Raw, best-selling author Deke McClelland teaches the key principles and techniques for mastering raw photography using the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in. Read more » 

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