Deke's Techniques 232: Creating Highly Reflective Sunglasses in Photoshop

Create reflective sunglasses in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke turns ordinary dark sunglasses into uber-cool reflective mirrors in Photoshop. The sunglasses in question happen to be mine, shot on my very own face against the dunes of the White Sands National Monument in Alamagordo, New Mexico. 

My advice, if you're going to let someone use a fairly natural version of your 48-yr-old face shot against an unforgivingly reflective backdrop of white sand dunes in order to make a point, insist that you look this cool in the final result:

Once you properly mask the glasses, the reflection technique is a simple matter of applying a couple of layer styles. Read on to see how Deke made these radical reflections:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 231: Fixing a Noisy High-ISO Photo with Adobe Camera Raw

Reducing Noise in a High ISO Photo

I have a vested interest-slash-concern in this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, in which he takes a photograph of yours truly---a hand-held shot at high ISO under government-supplied lighting---and attempts to redeem it with Adobe Camera Raw. My interest is that it's a flattering shot from a great day at Carlsbad Caverns; my concern is that the high noise is not only making my skin look blotchy, but horror-of-horrors, it's causing my jacket to look purple

But with some thoughtfully applied ACR adjustments, Deke effects this delightful transformation:

Working in ACR, Deke first uses the Temperature and Tint sliders, as well as controls in the HSL and Lens Correction tabs to (thank goodness) return my jacket to its proper neutral black. But the real work in this photo transformation happens in the Detail tab: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 229: Color Correcting an Underwater Photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke goes in search of undersea treasure. Well, actually the treasure wasn't that hard to discover---the guide on the catamaran in St. Thomas was literally yelling, "Over here. There's a sea turtle right down there." But thanks to Deke's valiant free-diving effort, his quick-thinking use of flash, and a hidden feature of Photoshop's Auto-Levels command, he's able to uncover the diamond in the rough that's lurking just under the surface of this vacation photo: 

I'd argue that 90% of this technique is achieved via one single command in Photoshop. As long as your photo has some information in the red channel, you can use this technique. Read on to see how to do just that:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 227: Creating an Animated Movie in Photoshop

Animated squawk

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, you'll witness how Deke compiles the Puppet-Warped results from last week's technique into a falcon-flapping animated movie inside Photoshop. Now as much as I try, on a weekly basis, to turn video-based Photoshop education into eloquent, elucidating prose, this is one of those cases where the medium should be the message. In other words, if you're interested in learning how to create a moving picture, then moving pictures are probably the best way to show you how to do it. So watch the video, because Deke carefully goes through the process in that methodical way that reassures even someone like me that they can do it. And because this squawks for itself:

Animated gif featuring a flapping falcon

OK, wait, I do have a few observations (can't help myself, apparently):  Read more » 

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Putting New Photoshop Shape Layer Tools into Use

I mentioned yesterday that working with shape layers in Photoshop does not come second-nature to me. It's no secret that if there is one sure-fire path to understanding how our design tools work, it's using them to actually design with. 

And so here is a tutorial that Deke created for introducing some newer features of Photoshop's Shape Layer functionality. We'll use the new dashed line feature to create that coupon clipping boundary, and---lest your readers not get the point with the dotted line---we'll queue up this row of scissors to show savvy shoppers right where to slice. 

Here's the simple step-by-step:  Read more » 

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