Deke's Techniques 308: Auto-hiding Iconic Panels in Photoshop

Auto-hide iconic panels in Photoshop

This week's episodes of Deke's Techniques seem to be inspired by a springtime impulse to get organized. (I guess. No one really knows what goes on in the Mind of Deke.) But anyway, in the free movie this week, Deke reveals a secret handshake in Photoshop that allows you to set your icon-represented panels to return to their cryptic icon state after you're done using them.

The feature (a simple checkbox) spring-loads (ha! I told you!) the panel so that it collapses after you're done with it. So, after I've chosen a desired color from the Swatches panel, for instance, I can ensure that it reverts back to the little grid symbol, leaving the bulk of my screen real estate dedicated to my actual image: 

 You can make panels automatically revert to their iconic forms when you're done with them

Not to spoil things for you, but if you're in a hurry, here's the checkbox you want to turn on:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 305: Simulating Hand-Lettering with Art Brushes

Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke uses a savvy Illustrator-Photoshop combo to create a hand-lettered, distressed effect to increase the realism of last week's Chinese seal project

As you'll see in the video, step one is to grab the paths and their itinerant effects from Illustrator: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 303: A Totally Serious Photoshop Workflow

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shares a totally serious best practices workflow for cutting edge Photoshop technology. Totally. Seriously. 

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Deke's Techniques 302: Cleaning Up a Camera Phone Photo in Camera Raw

Hola, dekeAmigos. Greetings from Cozumel! We're here taking scads of underwater photos that will inevitably end up in future Deke's Techniques. In this week's dry-land, but free, Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how to vastly improve a camera phone photo inside good old Camera Raw. We all know the photos look great on your phone, but when you get them out into the real world, not so much. Deke shows you how to use trusty Camera Raw to solve five key areas where your photo might be falling short: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 300: Blending an Object's Shadow into Any Background

Blend Cast Shadows into Any Background

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shows you how to blend the cast shadow of an object---particularly a standard stock photo-type object against a white background---into any new background. The trick is to use the Multiply blend mode to capture all the goodness of the shadow and mix it with its new environment, then put white pixels behind the actual object so that the opaque object itself doesn't blend. 

The technique works great for the volleyball that Deke uses in the movie, but I found myself wondering how it would work with say...a giant hunk of swiss cheese. Swiss cheese on a stock white backgroundYes, I'm going to attempt to move my own cheese. Read more » 

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