Deke's Techniques 249: Creating Golden Motion Trails in Photoshop

Creating Golden Motion Trails

First, let me get my bearings, because I just spelt silhouette correctly. This is important because this week's free Deke's Techniques episode takes these ordinary jumping silhouettes, who've managed little more than jumping in the right direction so that the Ocean Ripple filter works properly for Deke's purposes, and turned them into superhero beach jumpers, replete with tellttale golden motion trails. 

Turn silhouettes into superheros in Photoshop

The technique involves a secret cocktail of filters and masks (as is, really, appropriate for superhero creation). You can see the recipe ingredients in the Layers panel here: Read more » 

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A Sense of Intermediacy: New Intermediate Courses for Photoshop and Illustrator CC

It was a windfall week in video training if you're ready to move past Deke's beginner-level courses and you're using Creative Cloud. This week, online training company released CC-friendly versions of both Photoshop One-on-One: Intermediate and Illustrator One-on-One: Intermediate.  

The Photoshop course tackles those next-level features like the potentially useful Content-Aware tools, adjusting photographic tone with the Levels command, adding and managing text in your graphic, creative control via Layer Styles, and printing (to mention a few subjects). Click the image below to see the full table of contents at 

Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Meanwhile, the Illustrator course covers vital layout features like Layers and Groups, the controlling your objects with the Pathfinder panel, understanding Swatches and Stacking order, the oh-so-cool and useful Gradient features, and (again) more. You can click this image to see the full TOC of the Illustrator course: 

Illustrator CC One-on-One: Intermediate

If you're not quite ready to become a member of, but you're interested in taking this dekeInstruction for a test drive, I have two useful ideas for you: 

First, you can get a free week's subscription to by going to A week will let you peruse these two courses, as well as the bajillion other videos available. (At least, it was a bajillion last time I checked. Probably more than that now.) 

Also, always unlocks a certain number of movies in any new course. For instance, you can check out "Using the Pattern Generator" without being a member (temporary or otherwise). The movies that are listed in blue in any course TOC are free to all.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 247: RGB to CMYK Directly

Converting to CMYK is one of the most destructive things you can do to your RGB file. In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke reveals a method that maintains the original luminance data of your file while preparing it for your commercial printer.

So, if you're commercially reproducing an image, watch this video to acquire Deke's direct color-space alchemical knowledge. If your images are mostly intended for the web or your local inkjet printer, then store this one away, for now.

But if your work is destined for commercial print, then be sure to check out this week's exclusive video at, in which Deke explains how to rein in excessive ink in the shadows so that your print job remains printer-safe. Not yet a member of You can get a free week's trial at then head over to the entire collection of Deke's Techniques. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 246: Creating a (More Finely Rendered) Dot Drawing in Photoshop

Never let it be said that Deke's not a man who continues to think about, possibly even (occasionally) obsess over, his past projects. If you tuned in a few weeks ago, you saw his Photoshop filter-based recipe for turning a standard portrait into a dot drawing. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 244: Creating Psychedelic Fabric in Photoshop

Creating Psychedelic Fabric in Photoshop

This week's Deke's Techniques episode falls into my favorite category of "Deke makes something from nothing, except Photoshop." I love these projects for three reasons (or at least I had three reasons as I was falling asleep writing this post in my head last night, let's see if I can remember.) 

First, you get to watch the magical transformation of a boring white screen turn into a groovy psychedelic fabric pattern right before your very eyes. Second, you don't need a sample file to follow along and create the same magic yourself. And third, uh, maybe I was just happy to have mastered the spelling of psychedelic? No matter, two reasons are enough to follow along with this fun fabulous fabrication. 

Here's a visual review of the basic steps you'll see in the video:  Read more » 

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