Deke's Techniques 258: Adding a Soundtrack to Your Photoshop Video

Adding a Soundtrack to Your Photoshop Video

In this week's Deke's Techniques video, Deke shows you how to add a musical soundtrack to a video in Photoshop. The example he uses continues to be from the epic Phantom Menace video he created a few weeks back. In this video, you'll see how relatively easy it is to import and adjust a soundtrack file to your existing Photoshop video project.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 256: Editing a GoPro Video in Photoshop

Editing a  GoPro Video in Photoshop

This week's free Deke's Techniques video could be subtitled The Making of the DJI Phantom (Menace), Part I. In this movie, Deke shows you how he used Photoshop to edit the opening sequence of his classic GoPro film that documents the epic crashes of his early days as a Phantom Quadcopter pilot and aerial photographer. 

Using Photoshop's Timeline feature actually makes editing the opening sequence fairly straightforward. In this tutorial, Deke shows you how to fade in from black, and then edit down this opening shot into three separate clips with fades in between. Thus, the movie's premise is established, with the heart-warming family story of a boy mastering remote drone flying while perpetrating some good-natured aerial terror over his brother. 

For members of, Deke's got an an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he adds the crash sequences that give this story its epic action-adventure feel. If you're not yet a member of, you can get a free week's trial at to check out this and the entire Deke's Techniques collection. 

The Making Of will continue next week. Stay tuned. And look out below---as one YouTuber commented, "Deke, thank goodness you are better at Photoshop than flying quadrocopters!!" Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 254: Merging Video Frames to Create the Best Aerial Drone-Captured Still Photograph

Merging Video Frames to Create the Best Still Photograph

It's a little bit surreal, and more than just a little guilt-inducing, to write up this week's free Deke's Techniques movie from the elegant Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastián, aka Donostia, in the Spanish Basque Country. This technique features some aerial drone photography that Deke captured a few weeks ago with his Phantom quadcopter and GoPro camera in the foothills of the Flatirons over Boulder, Colorado. After we left Boulder for Spain last week, the storm that saw us off ultimately brought record rainfall and devastating floods to Deke's hometown. The images of the flooding back home even made Spain's version of headline news.

You can see from this final photo of the Flatirons why the record rains had nowhere to go but downhill into the towns surrounding Colorado's Front Range.

Flatirons over Boulder taken with a quadcopter and GoPro camera

We can only imagine that this scene around the Chautauqua area of Boulder would look very different today. We send our best thoughts to those devastated by the flooding and our infinite gratitude to the folks back home who have already started ripping up carpet in Deke's flooded basements (after they braved treacherous roads just to get across town).

The photo itself was created by stacking multiple frames of a video taken with Deke's DJI Phantom quadcopter and GoPro Hero3 camera. You don't need either of these fancy toys to use this technique. However you do need Photoshop CC. This newest version of Photoshop gives you the ability to apply Camera Raw and the Median Stack Mode to a smart object.

Check out this technique, which could come in very handy for your own photography. And send your good thoughts to the intrepid inhabitants of Boulder, Colorado.  Read more » 

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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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