Deke's Techniques 292: Enlarging a Low-Res Photograph in Photoshop

Enlarging a low resolution photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free and mightily useful episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke shows you how to enlarge a low resolution photograph inside Photoshop. Not only does he show you the results of using Photoshop CC's new Image Size dialog box, but he also concocts a formula for users of CS6 and CS5 to upsample with the same success as if you'd used the newer version of Photoshop. 

Either way, you'll have a poster-ready version of your photograph, suitable for wherever poster-sized images are appropriate. (Oh, and if you're interested in enlarging a layered composition, see Deke's Techniques 288 from a few weeks back to upsample your enlarging knowledge.) 

For members of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he uses the Image Trace feature in Illustrator to create an enlargement of this very same low res photo. It's a completely different approach that yields different, but equally viable, results when returned to Photoshop as a placed image.

If you're not a member of, you can get a free week's trial to watch the exclusive movie, as well as nearly 300 other movies in the Deke's Techniques collection. (Not to mention thousands of other courses by Deke and the other talented authors.) Just go to and learn away! Read more » 

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Get New Fonts to Work with via Typekit (and Your Creative Cloud Subscription)

(Perhaps the headline should read "Get New Fonts to Play with," because you and I both know that's what font geeks, and anyone enchanted by typography, like to do. Yeah, I'm watching you, dekeTypographiliacs.)

Last week's update to Creative Cloud finally brought access to Typekit's library of fonts for desktops everywhere. This means that, with your CC subscription, you can now pop over to Typekit and grab up typefaces from their rich library to use in your Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, etc. projects. 

Installing these fonts is a pain-free exercise. You can watch Deke's demonstration of just how easy it is to install a new font from his new Introducing Illustrator course (via an unlocked movie at 


Although synced Typekit fonts will work with all your Adobe desktop applications (and I have even seen my synced font in Pages, as well), the integration works particularly efficiently in InDesign and Illustrator. In fact, one of the most thrilling aspects of this immediate access to new fonts is avoidance of the dreaded pink Missing Font highlight in your InDesign document. You know the one; if you haven't experienced this before, here's a screenshot of my most recent encounter with this horrifyingly pepto-colored phenomenon: 


Somebody send me Museo, stat. Fortunately, in the Missing Font dialog box that accompanies this horror, you have the immediate choice to sync to Typekit fonts you may be lacking: 

And both InDesign and Illustrator have easy access to the Typekit library in their font-related popup menus, via a handy green button that appears when you're using a typeface field. You can also filter your typefaces to see only fonts that came from Typekit. Here's what it looks like in the Type options bar in Illustrator: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 288: Upsampling a Layered Composition in Photoshop

Upsampling a Layered Composition in Photoshop

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke explains the fine art of upsampling a layered composition. When you make an image larger in this way, you're instructing Photoshop to make new pixels. And how those new pixels are created will effect the quality of your new, larger image. 

Although the new Image Size dialog box has a wonderful resizable preview window---which will give you an exact prediction for upsampling a simple flat photograph---the preview contained therein is going to be wildly inaccurate for a layered file with myriad types of layers. 

This misleading preview happens because Photoshop "mentally" flattens the image before calculating the preview, whereas, in the real upsampling process each individual layer is considered differently. 

In this movie, Deke explains how each of these layers responds to upsampling, and how to get around some of the effects: 

Rebuilding the horizontal pattern after upsampling is covered in this week's exclusive movie all on its own. If you aren't a member of, you can get a free week's trial to check it out---and all the rest of Deke's Techniques---at  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 287: Exporting Your Avatar as a PNG from Photoshop

Export your avatar as a PNG

This week's free Deke's Techniques episode explains how to export the avatar (well, I should say my avatar) we've been working on in Photoshop and Illustrator for the past two weeks as a universally usable PNG file, suitable for your (my) use all over the blessed internet. You say you know how to export a PNG from Illustrator? Well, Deke's approach is to take the whole darn thing (me) back to Photoshop first. 

Why put it back in Photoshop? One reason is that it allows you to preview how the image is going to look when reduced in size (as avatars generally are) using, ingeniously, the Image Size dialog box preview. Need more? Watch the video!

Along the way, you'll witness another ingenious Photoshop trick that I've never seen before: designating your desired crop boundaries with two extreme marquees placed at the opposite corners of a smart object. If you've ever tried to be precise with the crop tool (or even just a carefully placed singular marquee intended to designate your crop boundary) this will come as a revelation. 

I promise next week will not feature an avatar of me. But if the past few weeks' techniques have inspired you to try creating a cartoon doppleganger of yourself, send them along to me (colleen[at]deke[dot]com) so I can look at something besides myself and perhaps share with the dekeOmmunity. 

Of course, the entire collection of Deke's Techniques is available at And if you aren't yet a member and need a free week to convince you, you can get one at more » 

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dekeUpdate: 3D Printing with Photoshop CC

One of the most talked about and technologically significant updates to Photoshop Creative Cloud last week was the addition of 3D printing support. Now, I don't necessarily find 3D printing to be as significant to my day-to-day Photoshop experience as say, linked smart objects, but I get that this is the future calling. And although I've resisted embracing 3D in general (mostly because I haven't mastered 2D yet), I understand that actually creating these objects in real 3D space (otherwise known as reality) has vast potential for our long-term daily lives.

And, I can no longer argue that these Photoshop creations are just 2D representations of 3D objects, because once you "print" in 3D, the Z-axis gets real. I know, at an early age, I was exposed to Carl Sagan's explanation that the "plexiglass cube-within-a-cube I am holding is really just the 3D shadow of a 4D tesseract." But I've also been exposed to the ideas and observations of another modern thinker, Deke McClelland.

And the good folks at have seen fit to unlock Deke's new movie about 3D printing in Photoshop that lives inside his Photoshop Creative Cloud Update course, so you too, can hear about the cosmos of printing from Deke. Click the image below to watch it at

And if you'd like to get Deke's insights into the workings and usefulness of the other new Photoshop features, you can get a free week's trial at by going to and signing up. A week will give you enough time to learn about the new Perspective Warp command, the aforementioned linked smart objects, and more. Plus the rest of the week to explore Deke's Techniques, Deke's One-on-One courses, and the vast library of other offerings. The Photoshop future is here. And it's got a z-axis.  Read more » 

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