Happy 25th Birthday, Photoshop!

Happy Photoshop Birthday, my dekeItarians. It's a big two-five for the Supreme Pixel Wrangler this year. And our friends at, notably the esteemed documentarian Scott Erickson, have put together some delightful, short retrospectives on the evolution of Photoshop. If you're a fan of Photoshop history, check out these gorgeous videos featuring dekeHimself and some of's oldest and dearest friends:

The Evolution of a Tool Palette
Watch some notable Photoshoppers discuss the impact of some notable PS tools. 

The Rise of Digital Photography
A luminary-rich discussion of Photoshop's photographic evolution.

Rise of Photoshop for photographers

The Desktop Publishing Revolution
Today's digital designerati reflect on the game-changing arrival of Photoshop.

The evolution of Photoshop tools

All three of these movies are free to all. But if you're inspired, there's much more at If you're not already a member, you can get 10 days free by signing up at Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 391: Chiseling Letters into Stone

Chiseling Letters into Stone in Photoshop


In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke takes plain old type and turns it into chiseled letters of antiquity in Photoshop. The effect involves taking said ordinary type, turning it into a smart object, then adding a bunch of layer effects (of the Emboss nature mostly) and a bit of filtering.

Chisel letters into stone in Photoshop


Since this idea originally came about from a member request, I thought I'd see if I could recreate it on my own, using a different texture and type that I created myself. I used a bit of marble I found at and the Trajan font that comes with Photoshop CC that Deke suggests. With just a few color adjustments during the effects application (I made my shadows a little warmer, due to the color of my background), the technique was easily transferable to my own project:



For members of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to create the chiseled border around the letters by adjusting the technique to use shape layers.

If you're not a member of and you'd like to check this (and almost 400 other Deke's Techniques out), you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at In other giveaways, if you'd like to try out the technique on a different stone background, you can find a treasure trove of granite, marble, and concrete at Check out to choose 25 free downloaded images to use in your own projects. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 389: Create Your Own Romantic Island Getaway

Create Your Own Romantic Getaway

My dekeDarlings. In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, you'll see how Deke takes last week's smoothed over scene and enhances it to a suitable destiny for a romantic getaway, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Deke transforms a GoPro video into a lush romantic postcard.

To finish this enticing postcard of tropical transformation, which, as you may recall, started life as a lo-res video, Deke uses a combination of the new Adaptive Wide Angle filter to unbend the horizon, a Camera Raw filter to brighten and saturate the image, and the Smart Sharpen filter to firm up the mushy detail.

If you're a member of, Deke's exclusive technique this week shows you how to use a photo filter adjustment to bring out that azure blue of the tropical sea. If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial to check it out at Consider it our valentine to you! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 388: Smooth Away Noise with the Mean Stack Mode

Smooth Away Noise with the Stack Mode

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke applies the Mean Stack mode command to multiple frames from a video in order to create one single photograph with drastically reduced noise.

The method involves converting frames from a noisy video clip into layers in Photoshop, then lining up those similar-but-slightly-off-due-to-being-on-a-moving-boat images using Photoshop's Auto-Align Layers command. Next, Deke uses the Stack Mode's Mean command to choose the average value of each pixel from each of the frames. The result is this noisy single frame (representative of the noise present in each of Deke's fifteen contributing images)...

...becomes this delightfully smooth rendition:

Image stack set to Mean reduces the noise of the stacked layers.

And next week, Deke demonstrates how to dramatically enhance this scene to more emotionally recreate the tropical magic. Here's a preview (actually here is the real thing):

If you're curious about other ways to take advantage of image stacking in Photoshop, there are a couple of other Deke's Techniques you might enjoy. In one, Deke removed "people" (OK, four copies of me and four monkey heads---hey, it's Deke) from the Teatro Olimpico in Vincenza, Italy. In another, he uses image stacks to toy with the tourists on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, allowing you to experience this popular tourist attraction in ways never possible in real life.

If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial to check out all the episodes by heading over to

See you next week if I haven't run back to the magical islands! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 386: Selectively Adjusting Colors for Print

Selectively Adjusting Color for Print

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke makes some selective color adjustments to last week's beautiful origami flower illustration in order to get the best print results from his high-end inkjet printer.

As locked-down as Deke's color management scenario is, the colors in this super-saturated gradient-rich production are destined to band. That is, until Deke rasterizes the image in Photoshop and creates some selective color adjustments using the paths from the original Illustrator file to narrow down the effects to the problem areas.

Of course, it's hard to discuss monitor-to-print distinctions in a medium in which you're back to viewing on a monitor. So here is a picture of Deke holding up prints on your monitor to confuse things even further. (In other words, you're going to have to watch the video!)

If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week, in which he further refines the gradient colors of the petals by adding a gradient layer in Photoshop. If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial by heading to, after which you can check out this and all the other 387 Deke's Techniques movies (not to mention the entire library!)

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