Deke's Techniques 319: Reducing Glare in a Photograph

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke goes back to the scene of his presidential electoral victory from last week, the classic Parker Bros game of power politics Landslide, to remove glare from some of the game spaces. Each space requires a slightly different approach to removing glare, each of which can help you learn to remove your own glaring challenges. When all the votes are counted, here are the way before and much after shots: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 317: Using the Perspective Crop Tool

Using the Perspective Crop tool

 "Hail to the Chief, He's the Chief We All Say Hail To... "    ---Dave

This week's free Deke's Techniques episode comes to you, in part, courtesy of Deke's double epic win in the 1972 Parker Brothers board game, Landslide. It also features the Perspective Crop tool in Photoshop CC.

The result is that you go from Deke's celebratory, but off-to-the-side, capture of the game results to a virtually overhead perspective on the competition results (in which you will see Deke got Texas and Pennsylvania, which in 1974 would have gone a long way to your electoral college victory): 

Before and after using the Perspective Crop tool

The Perspective Crop tool allows you to rearrange the perspective while you're editing away on all parts of the composition. It's a great two-for-one operation that allows you to recompose and reposition at the same time. There's a reason Deke keeps getting reelected around here. (Yeah, the ruthless way he stole California from me!)

If you're a member of, you can see an exclusive follow-up movie this week in which Deke demonstrates how to reduce the effects of camera shake in this same image.

If you're not a member of, but would like to check it out, you can go to and get a free week's trial.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 316: Using Lens Flare for Good Not Evil

Using Lens Flare for Good not Evil

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke makes the Lens Flare safe for use by earthlings. Namely, earthlings working in the service of improving the windows of our alien overlords. Subtle use of the hard-to-employ-subtly feature combined with a little rainbow gradient adds some spectral dimension to the window of last week's alien rocket ship, thus ensuring that the aliens who come to eat our faces look suitably cool when they arrive. 

Before and after applying Lens Flare and a rainbow gradient

The episode begins with an impassioned, delightful, and yet mildly insane rant on the use of lens flare by Deke, which I find entertaining but slightly inconsistent given Deke's the man who brought you this in Deke's Techniques episode 015: Creating a Synthetic Starfield:

A synthetic field of stars created in Photoshop

So what's the deal? Lens flare is OK if you're George Lucas but not if you're JJ Abrams? Or has Deke recently been taken over by aliens who want him to ix-nay on the ens-flare-lay in an attempt to keep us off guard whilst they plan earth's demise? Find out nothing of the sort (but learn a cool technique) in this week's episode. 

And if you'd like to test earlier-Deke versus current-possibly-alien-abducted-Deke by perusing an assortment of Deke's Techniques past and present, you can find them all here. And if you're not a member of (what are you, an alien?) and you'd like to check it out, you can get a free week's trial at more » 

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Deke's Techniques 314: Create a Riveting 3D Bump Map

Create a 3D bump map in Photoshop

Yes, I went there. Went there in a 3D rocket ship that Deke built in Photoshop. This week's free Deke's Techniques episode is in fact quite literally riveting. Well, insomuch as virtual rivets are applied to a virtual rocket ship inside Photoshop. 

Deke's method uses a tiled pattern created from a photograph of rivets, which are then wrapped around a 3D object inside Photoshop CC, rendering our virtual vehicle much more space-worthy, as you can see here:

Along the way, you'll learn some on-the-fly techniques for working in Photoshop 3D. If this week's technique leaves you wanting to explore 3D space in greater depth, stay tuned for a new course coming soon in which Deke helps those familiar with Photoshop wrap their mental rivets around the current 3D features. 

For members, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to paint directly on a 3D object in order to mask out the rivets over the winders that are currently blocking the passengers' view of the galaxy. If you're not a member of, you can get a free week's trial at With it you can enjoy the entire library of Deke's Techniques, as well as galaxies of other riveting content.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 312: Turning a Photo into a Giant Mural

Turn a Photo into a Giant Mural

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes a photo of his son Sam and turns it into a giant mural on the side of a brick wall. This is one of those creatively fun DT projects that a) makes you want to try it and b) makes you wonder what in the hell you'd do with a giant mural of Sam (as cute as he is). 

So I set out to prove that one could use the information in this week's tutorial using pictures of one's own son and one's own mysterious door. (OK, I got the door from Fotolia, #62739627 from Giuseppe Porzani. You can get free Fotolia images by going to Trying Deke's project not only made me a vigilant beta tester, it also gave me a chance to stare at this handsome photo of my son dressed up for Senior Prom for a little bit longer.  Read more » 

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