About Our Contributors

Self-Proclaimed Deke of the dekeIverse (aka Deke McClelland)

Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He hosts the in-box videos that ship with Photoshop and Illustrator CS4, as well as many previous versions of the programs. He has also created hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and, prior to that, Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written over 80 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. These included many For Dummies books and the bestselling title ever published on Photoshop, the Photoshop Bible. (He has since parted ways with that knucklehead publisher.)


One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 30 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association and an elegant-looking Russian citation that he's never been able to read. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Association of Photoshop's Photoshop Hall of Fame. (Interestingly, this was Deke's second Hall of Fame induction. His first one was in high school for his art and theater work. Who'da thunk?)

In 2004 Deke created the One-on-One™ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. His other One-on-One videos include Photoshop One-on-One, Illustrator One-on-One, and InDesign One-on-One: Style Sheets. One-on-One videos for CS6 are in the works.

In the design and graphics space, lynda.com is the most popular video training company and Deke is the company's most popular and award-winning trainer. In 2007 and 2008, his videos (which also include Photoshop Channels and Masks and Photoshop Sharpening Images) have won an unprecedented nine industry awards, including The Communicator, Horizon Interactive, Omni Intermedia, Ava Platinum, DV, and Hermes Creative Awards; two Videographer Awards; and the highly coveted 29th Annual Telly Award.

In Summer 2008, Deke introduced dekePod, his series of free, irreverent, once-every-other-weekly videos on computer graphics and digital imaging.

Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, two super-powered monkey boys, dog, cat, turtle, three-year-old tadpole, and frog. Not to mention a bunch of bugs that the youngest child keeps hiding in his room.


Editor-in-Chief and Self-Proclaimed Empress (aka Colleen Wheeler)

Colleen Wheeler is is Deke's Official Eminence Grise, Hostess of the Martini Hour Podcast, and Editor-in-Chief around here. She occasionally helps out on One-on-One projects by contributing small bits of wisdom or just making sure Deke has ingested the right ratio of gin to coffee. Colleen is currently trying to become a late-blooming Adobe InDesign expert, which is having the side-effect of making her a discerning consumer of software instructional material and a better, more compassionate editor. She considers herself lucky to work with smart, creative, geeky people all day, then go home to her son who shows definite signs of being all of the above. 


Deke's Design Mastermind (aka David Futato)

David's bio is still to come, but when it does, boy-o, you just watch out!