An August Avalanche of New Courses at dekeAcademy (aka Deke's 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 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, 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

And these will be just a few of our Fall 2015 offerings:

New Course: Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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.


New Course: Adobe Pen Tool Fundamentals

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.


Eight Things to Know about Photoshop

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:



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3D-Photoshop CCnow

Dear Deke,

I don’t have words that can express the gratitude I feel for you and for Lynda, for the generous contribution you both gave to my professional en creative live. If I was a religious person I say, both of you should be canonized :-)

Now in wish lists season, I wonder if you ever find time to bring us an actualized advanced one-on-one Photoshop-3D, for Photoshop CCnow.

I did follow all de installments of Photoshop CS5 one-on-one 3D courses.
And didn’t expect then that they would become obsolete so quickly.

All the best wishes
Miguel Santos

Advanced photoshop?

Hi Deke-

You reference your photoshop cc 2015 advanced course in your fundamentals course several times. However, I have not been able to find the 2015 course on Are you referring to your 2014 Advanced course? I see there is also an intermediate and mastery course in that series, too.



Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One Advanced on its way

Due some time this week, in fact.

Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One Advanced

I just want to ask for some new information, when can we expect releasing the course?


Illustrator 2015 One-on-One

I just finished "Illustrator 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals" on I'm anixous for the next one in the series (intermediate?)

We waited a week for a tip

This doesn't count.


Tip got buried deep in the site

This announcement wasn't the technique of the week. Unfortunately, that week's tip was hiding under some older stuff. Likely because I hit a wrong checkbox when I posted it. Thanks for your patience.