Photoshop One-on-One: Advanced Updated for CC

This week, the third installment of Deke's Photoshop One-on-One series, the Advanced course, has been updated for Photoshop CC. This phase of dekeTraining is particularly useful for optimizing your photographs and learning how to create impeccable selections and composites. 

If you're not a member of, you can get a free week's trial at to check out the course. If you're not a member of Creative Cloud, you can still catch the CS6 and CS5 versions of the course at 

If you're familiar with the One-on-One approach, you know Deke likes to use compelling real-world examples to teach Photoshop features, so that you learn in context and with relevance to your own projects. Here's a look at the chapters covered in this installment, as well as a sneak peek at some of the hands-on projects you'll encounter in this latest course: 

Chapter 23. Shortcuts and Settings
This chapter includes the update to Deke's custom shortcuts, dekeKeys, and advice for getting the color settings right in Photoshop. 


Chapter 24. Smart Objects
Learn how to leverage this feature that allows you to put artwork inside a protective envelope of sorts, and then tweak (and update) with impunity, like in this watermark-creation project:  Read more » 

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Friday Fundamentals: Gauging the Best Sharpening Settings

This week's Friday (not quite Friday) Fundamentals features a video from Deke's latest Photoshop course, Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate. "Gauging the Best Sharpening Settings" is an unlocked video I've placed here for your Labor Day Weekend enjoyment. (Disclaimer: I had to hit the road yesterday to beat the traffic to my own holiday enjoyment, thus the "Friday Fundamentals" posting on Saturday. At least you know I thought about you dekeLlies once I secured my own vacation spot.) 

Sharpening is not about focus, but rather about editing an image to make its details appear more sharply defined. As Deke points out earlier in the course:

"It's important to note that we're not talking about focus. Photoshop can not reach back into your camera and adjust the optical focus of your lens element. Nor can it invent detail that does not exist. In other words, if an image was shot blurry, it will remain blurry. What Photoshop can do is take a well-focused image and make every detail appear crystal clear."

Read on to see how it works: Read more » 

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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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