Join Me for a Half-Day Workshop, "Photoshop 3D Fundamentals," at Photoshop World

Hey gang: First of all, I want you all to know that my Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D courses are riding high and doing well at my beloved video publisher, lynda.com. Taken as a whole, the three courses---3D Fundamentals, 3D Objects, and 3D Scenes---add up to about 20 hours, less than my single (overly long, but I have to say supremely educational) Photoshop One-on-One: Advanced course. And yet, as a group, they are outperforming that title as well as the other 3D courses. Meaning that there are a lot of you interested in the vast and largely untapped realm of 3D in Photoshop.

Photoshop Extended 3D type

If I know you---and let's face it, I don't---then you're itching for more. In which case, glad tidings: I'll be presenting much of the first course live at Photoshop World Las Vegas on September 6 of this very year. It'll be a four-hour "pre-con" workshop, which means it'll cost you an extra $89. That gets you not only my charming presence, but also a free DVD of my 3D Fundamentals course, which normally costs roughly as much as you'd pay for a cheap couch at a discount store. So you'll actually save money! (Less than you would if you don't attend, but more than you would if you do. You get what I'm saying, right?)

Whether you attend or not, you can download my notes by clicking here. Two advantages to this wonderfully free PDF file: It's available now, months in advance of the conference. And the it's all color. (The printed workshop book is black-and-white.) Otherwise, it's an outline of what I'll be talking about, as well as a table of contents for the free DVD.

Meanwhile, here's another version of the first page, which features the four camera angles of the planet Saturn pictured below. Which is the beauty of setting up a 3D scene in Photoshop. You can shoot it as many times as you like---cheat this way, baby! make with the pout!---long after the file's creation.

Photoshop Extended 3D and the four views of Saturn

I hope you attend. If you do, tell me that I sent you.

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Comments

Deke - Can you elucidate if it's worthwhile to ...

to follow all of your Lynda.com tutorial courses for Photoshop?

What I am asking is, is there enough difference in material covered in say, One-on-One series for CS4 vs. the material in the CS5 One-on-One series to make it worthwhile to go back AND learn from the CS4 series, in the event there is additional material covered there that isn’t in CS5? I worry that I am missing something by not paying for BOTH and doing both courses.

I understand that the CS5 helps cover material not in CS4 because it's where you show new features of CS5 - but what i am wondering is, is there any benefit to going back and choosing to use the material in CS4 One on One series, because you can learn even more and some different stuff than what is covered in the newer update?

I would consider doing both if there is something in the CS4 series that I wouldn't learn in the CS5 versions that are still valid, because they are not found in the CS5 courses? I hope you can answer this, as I have wondered about this going back a few versions now, i.e. CS3, etc., and of course some of us who have to be financial mindful of what we select, well, i have often wondered if there are some "hidden gems" contained in the previous versions of the lecture series?

As well as contained OTHER series beside your venerable “One-On-One” series, including those for other products, for example, InDesign, etc. I hope you can answer this, because you are really the only one who knows what the content is for sure! t.i.a ~ Susie

P.S. ~?
I also wanted to praise you on your cadence & speech in your series, believe it or not, but, i find it's an impediment to my assimilating information when the tutorials are given by a speaker who say, slows down on the same repetitive commands (such as saying "Now create a new layer by choosing Command-Shift-N on the Mac, Control-Shift-N on the PC") and yes, the repetition helps people to incorporate these shortcuts, but they should bear in mind, that most of us know that by now, so speak faster during those repetitive commands and speak more clearer on the task.

I find what the emphasis is on can be detrimental if they emphasize a repeated task, instead of intentionally speaking more clearly and more slowly on the actual work. I think you have the right amount of speed so that my mind doesn't wander during those painfully over-enunciated repeated commands, vs. what you do while you speed through those common shortcuts, and you are more clear w/ the new technique. (after all, there is that nifty graphic that shows the shortcut in the movie window).

Not everybody is as mindful of this as you are; you seem to pay attention to HOW you communicate things, and not just fall into a "sing-songy" rate of speech that over-emphasizes what is least important (maybe you know which teacher/lecturer i am speaking of) but, I love that you speak faster overall, because it seems to engage my mind at the right speed. I suspect you already know this about how people take in and process auditory information. So maybe I am only reinforcing what you already know about your series that makes assimilating the info you provide at the right rate of speed, and the nuances of what you say all in service of the goal of imparting information the most effectively.

I can't imagine that you do so without awareness, so I just want to say, thank you & that it really pays off that you are conscious of this & it makes you a far better teacher. So thank you!

P.P.S. Oh, and speaking of you as a better teacher, I am amazed with the amount of knowledge you have of so many graphic software programs, but especially Photoshop because you also know stuff that is amazingly esoteric even. You really are amazing in the breadth of your knowledge, you seem to be a genius!

Aw, what a kind comment

It's nice every so often to hear that I sound like something other than a nasally Rocky Mountain-states American cross-bred with Kermit the frog. Which I am, of course (so no offense taken from folks who've pointed that out), but, hey, whatcha gonna do about it?

To answer your questions:

First, the way the edit process works, those keyboard shortcut rollovers only happen if I mention the shortcuts in the audio track. Which is to be expected; the editors don't know all the shortcuts, after all. But it is perhaps a small waste of energy for the viewer. We're always working on refining things, so perhaps we'll come up with a better solution one day.

Second, have you managed to work your way through all of my Photoshop CS5 courses? I only ask because just about everything I have to share is included somewhere in them (altho I am, as ever, actively adding more).

That said, if you're finished with the CS5 material (in which case, outstanding), it is worth noting that the CS5 material is altogether different than the stuff I recorded on CS4. So, yeah, I'm sure there's all kinds of stuff to be learned by going back to the older courses. But there's a lot of structural and informational overlap as well.

As for other courses I'd recommend, it depends what you're interested in learning. But I'll be honest, I'm a big fan of just about every author in the lynda.com Online Training Library. We all have our own styles---some of which you may like more than others---but there's a buttload of information in them thar movies.

Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks one-on-one error question

I Recently bought the "Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks one-on-one" book & DVD. I really like the book and DVD a lot and I find it a learning tool. In the book in Chapter 11 Page 400 in a side bar "please note" you explain that "all paths associated with the exercise files in the chapter 11 folder have no names". It says to go to "www.deke.com/fix-my-paths" to fix them. I just tried it and is comes up as "Page not found". are these corrections still available at a different place on your website?

Jim Lingenfelter

First Job

Hey Deke.

I have been using Photoshop on and off as a casual user for fun for the past 5 years, but I never fully explored all of it's potential.

I recently completed your Photoshop One On One Advanced CS5 course, and now I have my first job working as a retoucher for a model I met on modelmayhem.com.

I find the difference between your courses and other courses is that you go so much deeper into Photoshop's abilities, and really give a true understanding of how and WHY you use certain techniques, instead of just having a "this button, now this botton" approach - MUCH more definitively explained without skipping important sections that leave you going "Huh? What did he do to get to that next step?"

I have just received Photoshop CS5 One On One Mastery, and can't wait to get into it.

Thanks Deke, you have taken my Photoshop skills from above average to a much fuller understanding of the real power of this world-class program.

Cheers

Mick

Using one-on-one InDesign CS4 with CS5.5

I recently purchased one-on-one InDesign CS4 in anticipation that I would get a copy of that program, but I ended up getting ID CS5.5 instead. Can I use one-on-one for CS4 to learn the fundamentals of InDesign with the CS5.5 program?
Dave

Photoshop

I have use it for all the pictures to save for web,beacua in this way I can save a lot of space,and pages loading faster
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should I say goodby to Coreldraw

I have been out of the game for a while. I used Corel since version 2. Last version I worked with is X3 Was happy with it. Now am getting back into the game. Illustrator is a powerful tool. I own it now. I am going through the 23 hours course on lynda.com. I will master Illustrator. However, Corel seems to do thing a little easier than Illustrator. I have CS5 suite. Should I spend the money on Corel. How well do the two programs work together. My understanding is Corel will open almost anything from Adobe. But there are issues opening Corel in Adobe. I would be upgrading to Coreldraw X5

Thanks for any input.
Regards,
Chris

CorelDraw is great

I'll begin by saying, I'm not partisan. Once upon a time, I wrote CorelDraw for Dummies, the bestselling book on that program. To this day, I still make literally pennies off that book.

CorelDraw is great as what it does. And it's always been superb at opening other file formats, including those from Adobe.

The question is: Do your clients and collaborators work in Corel products? If so, fantastic, stick with Corel. If your coworkers are more likely to use Adobe products, you should probably make the full switch to Illustrator, Photoshop, and the rest.

Really like photoshop.

I use it every time I'm going to edit or design images.

Photoshop is amazing

Photoshop is amazing software the World........