Deke's Techniques, The Final Challenge: Anything Goes

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Deke's Techniques: The Challenge has officially entered its final phase, in which I invite you to create a video on anything you want. I call it Anything Goes.

Deke's Techniques: The Anything Goes Challenge

I like this graphic that I created because it leaves so much to the imagination. What could that word with the asterisks (*) be? I think it means "shuck-e-darns" but, alas, I'm not a good speller. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques: The Illustrator Challenge Officially Begins

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Just a quick note to let one and all know that today marks the transition from one contest to another.

Deke's Techniques: The Illustrator Challenge begins today

Starting today, dekeOnline begins to accept submissions for Deke's Techniques: The Illustrator Challenge. For official rules and regs, check out

Tonight at 11:59pm California time, the first contest, Deke's Techniques: The Photoshop Challenge, shuts down and we will cease to accept further submissions. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate Has Arrived (and Thus There Was Peace and Tranquility in the World)

Last Friday marked the debut of the latest entry in my ongoing compendium on the topics of digital imaging and pixel-based artistry, Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate. Weighing in at 9 hours and 25 minutes, it represents everything I have to say (for the time being, anyway) on the topics of Content-Aware, sharpening, text, shapes, layer effects, styles, Liquify, black-and-white, and output.

Oh, and I also discuss how to use the Levels command. The attached movie serves as the introduction. I'm really proud of it. Have you ever seen a guy interact with a histogram like that? It's like Minority Report. Except that my gut and man boobs are bigger than Tom Cruise's. Kudos to Will Frazier, Andrew Brown, and the whole graphics and live-action teams at Love you guys!

To view the entire course, mosey on over to Specifically, you'll want to go to Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate, which contains the usual 10% free movies, not to mention the 100% available to beloved members of the Online Training Library. Read more » 

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I Have FInished "Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals"

Thursday, May 17th, marked the completion of my next video course for, Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals. It will include all sorts of exciting and monumentally educational live-action introductions (replete with graphic overlays) as well as scads of screen casts in which I demonstrate how the most elemental facets of this amazing program work. Not to mention how you work with it.

For example, in Chapter 6, "Tracing an Image" (in which I explore CS6's new Image Trace panel), I show you how to take a scanned Sharpie drawing of a half of an insect (how much more pedestrian could that be?) and turn it into the fully realized butterfly pictured below. Entirely auto-traced. And thus transformed from a murky quagmire of pixels to the resolution-independent vector-based realm of Illustrator CS6.

A butterfly drawn with a Sharpie, scanned, and traced in Adobe Illustrator Read more » 

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My In-Depth and Revamped Video Series, "Photoshop CS6 One-on-One," Begins

As of the posting of this article, you have 24 hours left to download the free public beta of Photoshop CS6. So if you haven't installed it yet, drop everything you're doing and start downloading!

To acquaint yourself with the new features, check out my free Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview course at

And if you're ready for the deep dive, check out Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals, the first in what will be a four-course video series on every single aspect of Photoshop CS6, presented in the order you need to learn it. This and other of my courses will appear every four to six weeks on Read more » 

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