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 lynda.com 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 lynda.com: 

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 lynda.com, 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 lynda.com by going to lynda.com/deke. 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, lynda.com 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 lynda.com course TOC are free to all. 


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I've always found this program pretty fun :D

Icky Sound

Hi Deke,

Is it me or does some of the video in the Illustrator CC Intermediate course have icky sound? e.g. Chapter 13 - The rich world of strokes. When compared with the video in Chapter 11 - Two containers that give you control, which sounds fine.



Odd sound?

I see what you're talking about, John. Deke sounds slightly more other worldly in Chapter 13 (although I don't find it icky so much as supernatural). Sending your comment to the tech folks at lynda. Thanks!

Thank you.

Hi Colleen,

I watch a lot of tutorials on the IPad, the sound difference and volume can make hearing some of the videos difficult. As for Deke sounding more other worldly, I just thought that was a given (in the nicest possible way ;)).

Thanks again.


No, I'm with you, John

I'm not sure what's going on. In the initial opening (Chapter 11), the sound is rich, or maybe just amplified. In every opening movie after that, it's comparatively tinny. As you say, you can hear the difference on a device without headphones even.

I'll bring this up with the staff. I don't spend a lot of time watching my own stuff. (I get more than enough of me.) But if this is a consistent issue, please someone let me know.

Never thought about it like that...

Hi Deke,

Thanks for the response, only just seen it. I'm still working my way through the CC One-on-One courses, I will make a list of any videos with similar sounds issues and submit them via feedback on the Lynda site.

Thanks again,