An August Avalanche of New Courses at dekeAcademy (aka Deke's lynda.com collection)
My dekeAdemics, welcome back to school---the School of Deke, that is. Our favorite graphics guru has been working his digital fingers to the bone this summer and has not one, but three, new courses out at this month. (And there's another one just gone to the elite editing team. Whew. You've earned a quick nap, Professor Deke.)
Here's a review of what's new at the ol' dekeAcademy (aka the Deke McClelland Collection at lynda.com): what the new courses cover, who might want to watch them, and why you might find them useful. Remember, if you're not a member of lynda.com, you can still watch a few (often useful) free movies (I've embedded some below for your sampling convenience). And you can always get a 10-day free trial subscription by signing up at lynda.com/deke.
And these will be just a few of our Fall 2015 offerings:
What: Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One Fundamentals is a total refresh of Deke's flagship step-by-step project-based Photoshop tutorial for beginners, with all new sample files for those of you who are revisiting what's happened with Photoshop in the CC 2015 version.
Who: Anyone who wants to learn Photoshop from the ground up, folks who haven't used Photoshop in a recent incarnation, or anyone who ever feels like they're half-guessing at why they do what they do in Photoshop.
Why: Because knowing is better than guessing when you're looking for predictable results and efficient creativity.
What else: Complete updates to the Advanced and Mastery levels soon to follow. So. if you find Deke's method works for you, you're set for the rest of your Photoshop education.
What: Adobe Pen Tool Fundamentals is a course on the basic skills and knowledge needed for using the powerful, yet mysterious, Pen tool in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
Who: Anyone who wants to learn to draw free-form shapes with precision in any of these three applications.
Why: The Pen tool has some, shall we say, un-intuitive behaviors, but once you know the basics, its powers start to unleash in your mouse-hand.
What else: The second part of this course is coming later this year, and will solidify your mastery of precision curve-drawing.
What: Eight Things Everyone Should Know About Photoshop is Deke's list of the top general features in Photoshop that will help you wrap your mind around this pixel-wranging behemoth of an application. It's a sort of "How do I even know what I need to know?" solution.
Who: Anyone who'd like to get more of the big Photoshop picture in a quick and entertaining course.
Why: Actually, these movies Deke created for Photoshop's 25th anniversary were so good we didn't want to let them languish in the history files.
What else: You can read more about this course (and watch the movies) here.
And coming soon, Illustrator 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals which features this delightful creature, one of my favorite dekeAssets ever: