I Completed the Last of my CS5 Video Courses, "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery"

'Tis the Season, so I suppose 'tis likewise a bit optimistic to think squillions of folks are paying attention to my site this week. But, hey, what with the solstice and the full moon and the lunar eclipse and everything else that's been going on these last few days, anything could happen.

So I figured I'd write and let you know that I managed to wrap up my final general-training CS5 video course before the end of 2010. The course in question, Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, won't go live until late January, but my work on it is done. While it's just eight chapters long, it comprises 134 movies. (Which, frankly, is diminutive by my standards.) And as usual, the course sports all-new project files, including the incredibly uncool one below.

Naturally, this course will be part of the massive and exhaustive Online Training Library. In the meantime, here's the breakdown: Read more » 

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Xmas Xharbor Xlights

Xmas Xis Xupon Xus. Which is awesome, because it means every Who down in Who-ville has begun putting up its lights. (Even Coldplay has noticed!) And the lights are so pretty. It makes me wish the Whos did this all year long. Although, for all I know, they do. I rarely get down to Whoville anymore.

Anyway, tonight, I thought I'd act on my fleeting sense of Xmas Xspirit:

I stared off from the deck of the Holiday Inn,
looking down at the harbor, I held tight to my gin.
And what do you suppose captured my fascination?
Than a boat full of lights changed with Hue/Saturation.

Xmas Lights

Oh shucks. The mood is over. That holiday tickle is so fickle. Meanwhile, I'm nearly done with my Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course for I just knew you'd want to know.

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dekeSpeak December 8, 2010

Greetings, fellow Deke-o-philes!

This issue of dekeSpeak comes from a cool place. As the thermometer dips and layered apparel becomes increasingly conspicuous, I'm enjoying the warm fuzzy feeling I get from sharing the treasure trove of insights available on Deke hooked up with Bert Monroy, and got a close look at Bert's most recent masterwork. Read on to get a glimpse of it yourself. Our tip for this installment comes from Deke's Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course for And, I bring you good news: we've been able to extend the special (and very popular) Fotolia offer from the previous newsletter.

dekeSpeak Newsletter December 8, 2010

That's the news for now. As I'm sure you know, Deke sends all his virtual love.

Best regards, and I hope you're having a creative day,
Lou B, Speaker of the Deke, dekeOnline Read more » 

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Comprehensive Video Course "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced" Goes Live

I open my window and I hear the birds roar. And do you know why? Because just this morning, my 153-movie, 14-hour and 53-minute "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced" video course went live at If that sounds like a lot of hours, perish the thought. It's down slightly more than a full work day (8 hours and 19 minutes) from my introductory course, "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals." And it goes down easy as this very Tuesday morning. (Click here for a full chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the contents.)

Here's a previously unreleased screen capture from the course that demonstrates how to integrate Photoshop images into your Illustrator workflow. What it lacks in beauty it makes up for in prehistoric bird action and sweet training goodness. Not to mention, a page curl. (Now we're talkin'!)

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Breaking Dinosaur News

Members of the Online Training Library can get started instantly by clicking on this link. Not a member? Get yourself a free week by clicking here. Not interested? Just sit there. Those are your options. Read more » 

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Book Is Done. I Am Back.

Hey, gang. Just a brief note to let you all know that I and my team have finished work on the project that has recently consumed our every waking moments, the forthcoming book Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One. Believe it or not, all 512 pages of it went to the printer today, with all 6 hours of companion video edited and ready to go. While I slept like a baby, my designer David Futato and lead editor Carol Person were up until the wee hours generating the final PDF documents. (Thanks to them both!) And while no one is going to accuse me of being overly timely---Illustrator CS5 started shipping about the same time as Columbus---I'm convinced that we've managed to create the best book that we could, as well as the best title in the One-on-One series.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One

The book should be available for purchase in about three weeks. For real. I'm no longer the boy who cried "Illustrator book!" I'll actually have one. Read more » 

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