I Want to Know Your Thoughts!

Hey gang!

Each and every week, until the sun bashes into the moon--crazy as it may sound, those are the terms of my contract--I'll be recording a free weekly episode of Deke's Techniques. With a few additional episodes exclusively available to members of the lynda.com Online Training Library. Which irritated dekeOnline member SpaceKat, who called me a capitalist ho'. No no no, I'm not offended. In a tough economy and everyone has to make a living. Even me.

But here's the thing: I've now recorded 26 episodes of this free weekly series--by way of example, the image below shows a detail from the results of the upcoming April 19th episode, "Deke's Techniques 016: Turning a Photo into an Ink Drawing"--with only modest input from YOU, the consumer of this weekly product. Please, help me out and get engaged. Comment here and tell me what you want. And I, in return, will give you what you need.

Deke's Techniques 016: Turning a Photo into an Ink Drawing

Wow, maybe SpaceKat was right. Perhaps I am a ho'. (And by ho', I mean Hell-O-va Seriously Invested Provider of Computer-Graphics Video Training. Which technically is hosipocgvt. But, c'mon, who can pronounce that? SpaceKat's abbreviated ho' is better.)

In the meantime, tell me what you want. Ho' or no ho', my job (like Santa's) is to make you happy.

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Include PSE users too

Hi Deke

Can you show PSE users how to achieve the same effects that you get in the full version? I believe there are ways of doing in PSE most things that Photoshop will do.


Please include PSE users in your techniques

Hi Deke

I love your techniques - but I can only afford PSE. I know there are ways to do most things in Elements that can be on in the full version. So give us some help here please.......


What to do in your spare time...


I just wanted to take the time to remind you that the poll you have going includes "FInish the Lynda.com Illustrator CS5 Mastery course". Take out the big Sharpie and cross that one off the list!

Having said that, what *I* would like to see you do is ANYTHING that YOU want as long as it is about Illustrator. There is so much more information about Photoshop available on the Interweb that I would like you to become the Illustrator Guru Extraordinare. This can easily be accomplished by concentrating on Illustrator articles/tutorials.

The Lynda.com series is FABULOUS! Thanks for all your efforts.

Big fan...

Thanks Deke, for taking my curmudgeonly rant for what it was, a simple plee for more free stuff, and not a critique of the bait and switch hard sell for lynda.com memberships.
I have bought your books and have viewed 100's of hours of your tutorials on lynda.com. and have been a member here at deke.com for quite a while. The wee bit of personal attention you gave my comment is the very least you could do.
But seriously, Deke, you have been nothing but a pleasure for me to have discovered and I continue to be a big fan.
Hang loose,

refine edges for hair

I am still struggling trying to get the refine edges in CS5 to work properly. I definitely need some tips there.

Deke's Techniques

any chance you'll be putting them on a disk in the future, as I can't remember everything. Wish I could!

Illustrator > Photoshop Workflow

Hey Deke! Love your videos! One thing I have not found on Lynda.com (or anywhere else) is a good overview of workflow between Photoshop and Illustrator. I think it would be great to have a series of videos where you create a graphics-heavy web page (for example) and show how you decide which tool you use for each aspect of the design (and why). Walk us through how you start with a blank canvas and create elements in Illustrator, import them into Photoshop, or vice versa, and why one tool is the better choice for each particular task. That would rock my world!

duotones, tritones, quadtones...oh my

How to
Create, save and output duotones, tritones and quadtones for print the right way. Everybody's got a different method. What's best?
While your at it, create a comic book effect from a photo. (Big dot kind of POP art thing.)

Creative Color Grading for Photography

How do I get the polaroid look? A vintage look? a bleach bypass look? What is it about this person's or that person's photos that makes them look so great, and how can I get there?

color grading

why don't you try one of the magic bullet plug ins?

Frequency Separation as a retouching technique

Splitting an image into frequency ranges (usually just 2 - low and high), retouching one but not the other, then recombining into a single image.

For example - removing the high frequency wrinkles from a patterned suit without affecting the lower frequency pattern.

Achieve better results when going from RGB to COMERCIAL CMYK

I don’t own a color printer, so when I need to print anything from Photoshop, my only option is commercial.
I followed your advice by creating RGB documents, and only converting them to CMYK in the “Output” section of the “Save Adobe PDF” dialog box.
Although the results were better than converting in Photoshop, I was still very disappointed by the results.
Is there any way to reach better results? Maybe by creating the document with this in mind from step one?
Thank you very much!


Deke, first of all, thank you for all of the tutorials here and on lynda.com as I've learned quite a bit from them.

I 'd like to know if you'd do tutorial on the elusive displacement map. I've seen a few but they don''t go into to much detail on the options and effect.

If there was a place to upload a picture, I'd show you what I came up with.

Again, Thank you for the tutorials.

First of all, thank you so much!

I will post any requests I may have, later.

Comic Book effect and 3D

I second the request for the comic book effect and more 3D stuff (Extended). Your tutorials are excellent and you have a great approach. Waiting until April will be a tough haul as the image looks excellent. Thanx

Yes indeed

It would be such a treat to see Deke's approach to the comic book effect in Photoshop.


Hello Deke,

I often need to take a picture of a product and then colorize it to show what it would look like in many different colors. The problem with this is naturally getting the color right and producing the widest range of color possible from a single photo. As color is dependent upon saturation and luminosity, simply shifting the hue is not enough. I often apply a curves layer combined with a hue/ saturation layer and use the curves the get the luminance levels right. I've also noticed that saturation applies its own value to a color as well, meaning that a very saturated color, when converted to grayscale is darker than the same hue and value with no saturation...this gets kind of long winded and I'm trying to explain something without really explaining it in full to not make it too long... there's also Martin Evenening's techniques of a multiply or soft light layer combined with an overlay and color layer... meaning there's a lot of techniques, but could you please do something about colorization, how to achieve the widest possible gamut of colors from a single photograph, what would be the best color to start with, a light color, mid tone or dark... also what color spaces and modes are the best for colorization... I've tried comparing LAB and ProPhoto RGB and I seem to come up with pretty much the same results, employing both hue saturation and curves or only a curves layer and just adjusting the channels... so umm, yeah, please consider doing something on the above...Thank you for all of your training, I've seen almost everything you've ever released and I own pretty much all your books from Photoshop Bible CS2 till now. Thank you, Deke. You've really helped me out. Thank you for being a capitalist ho, too, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to get your stuff at all!

The Logic of Contour Dialogue inside FX Dialog Box

We need to pulverize the logic of this powerfull feature for achieving realistic FX

Similar to your ink drawing

Similar to your ink drawing I would like to know how to turn a photo into a comic book effect.

on the subject of wood grain...

Perhaps this gets a little too involved for a short video, but rather than just seeing a recipe in order to get a desired effect, it would be really interesting to break down some common wood textures and show off a workflow that can be adapted to several different types. So instead of saying "set this effect to 20," we talk about the differences between, say, oak and pine, and how doing different things at different points in the workflow can achieve those particular looks.

As always, great work on the deke techniques up to this point. My girlfriend talks about you so much I'm starting to get jealous.

Wood grain techniques for different types of wood

Really like this idea. It would be interesting to see how the initial steps can be adapted to produce textures for varied wood grains.

I had no idea there was this much interest in wood grain

I've already recorded two free movies and two more lynda.com OTL movies, all due out in June. But I must admit, I failed to anticipate oak vs. pine. My texture simulates that faux mahogany that we all have on our Ikea desktops. Apparently, more research is in order.

3D tools!

I would really like if you could make a serie of Photoshop Extended's 3D tools. I feel this is the only part of the program not yet covered by you, THE most awesome trainer ever. I think I saw a post a couple of months ago, saying it would come up eventually, but please! Make it soon!

Btw, if you are plannig to make a 3D course, please include a chapter on how your workflow should be across multiple programs, like 3ds Max and Maya.

Okay, now this is getting spooky

I've already recorded several Deke's Techniques on Photoshop CS5 Extended 3D, including a few on using Repoussé. Here's a detail: Synthetic wood grain Look for this specific technique in 010: "Making 3D type with Repoussé," which comes out March 8. It includes two follow up movies in the lynda.com Online Training Library. Nothing yet on 3D Max and Maya. That will have to wait until the full Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D courses. Thx for the kind words, btw.

technique request

I'd like to know more about effects like watercolor and oil paint. Starting with a well edited photo, I'd like to see you turn it into something that looks as if it were done with [wet] brushes on paper.




As a photographer I want to develop a clear and consistent workflow that makes the most of all my software, that’s PS-CS5, Ai-CS5, Bridge and Lightroom-3. They all have their uses but I feel, I am letting them (and some old habits) get in each other’s way. Please show me what techniques are most relevant 'now' and tell me what’s really become legacy stuff that's best forgotten.

Plastic Effect

Hey Deke, I've made my own "Plastic Effect". I've included my google document link so you could download the PSD file and see it..
What do you think ??


Plastic effect

Hi Deke... I've been looking to produce real plastic style in Photoshop to apply it on glass! Thanks a lot for all your videos and tips...

Wood Grain

One thing I can never quite get right is wood. If you could show us a technique for generating wood grain then that would be awesome.

What an amazing coincidence

I show how to make wood grain in 023: "Creating Synthetic Wood Grain," which comes out June 7. Here's a detail: Synthetic wood grainPlus there's an LDC-exclusive movie called "Making Slats of Uniquely Textured Wood," in which I elaborate on the technique in the name of striping horizontal panels across even the largest image.