The Amazingly Malleable Links Palette in InDesign CS4

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Happy Turkey Day to everyone


Very sincerely

Thanks to everyone who's visited, created an account, submitted artwork, or commented on this site. When we went live with this hair-brained scheme just 5 months ago now, we had no idea what an unending source of ideas and amusement it would be. And we have you to thank. Or as Colleen so succinctly put it:

Thank you

Thank you Colleen for nice words

To Deke and all the Deke follower's community

I know it may seem corny, but, I felt I had to do it. I first got interested in PS a few years back when I came across a now defunct website called Abnormis, where I saw "photomanips" from a community of weird ppl who liked dark colors and even darker subject matter. It was....dark and disturbing, I was like "wow", so I asked my friend "are these ppl really THAT advanced in painting?" he replied to me with most of his flair and scholar background saying "are you f***ing nuts?!, these ppl use Photoshop man!....painting?! is wrong with you man?!" That was IT....I then proceeded to prove I was f***ing nuts and....bought PS CS,without even having tried it ever o_0 I was then overwhelmed with all the bells and whistles in there....and the fact that, I was indeed f***ing nuts. So I went online to see several tutorials and trainings which looked and sounded dry, tedius and almost robotic. I then saw a book, PSCS One on One by Deke, I flipped throught the pages quickly and checked the table of content, and bought it The moment I put the CD that came with it in the drive and saw how Deke explained and did things. the non nonsense treatment of the matter at hand, BLAM, it all opened up, I was like "hey, this dude is nuts too, BUT he KNOWS what he is doing, and then some. Along the years, I picked up quite a bit of knowlege from Deke and his brand of teaching, and upgraded to CS2, CS3 and recently....I went f***ing nuts again, and bought the whole kittenkaboodle in the form of the CS4 Master Collection, yes sir I did, you know what my wife asked me? now....yeeees you do :) So I typed all this gathering of fonts, arranged in a manner you can all read....Just to say....Thanx Deke, thank you for doing what you do, the way you do it, a way that some newer training ppl "who shall remain nameless" try to emulate, but hey, you cant be The first when you're the sencond, and your bother is third :) Mr Deke, Thanx man, and no matter under who's company name you make training for, Never let them cramp your style man! You kick serious ass Stuff like Dekepod is what I'm talking about, Total "Deke on the loose, you will learn or you will burn" kinda thing ps: any chance of seeing training from you on Photoshop/After Effects/Flash/Dreamweaver workflow ? Photoshop users should be nice to everyone....Or take a picture of them and have revenge in Photoshop

Same here

Hey man, I'm glad you feel the same. As I wrote on this forum Deke is one of the few people all around that knows what he is teaching but he can also sell it. That's why the 1On1 series is so popular and well known all around the world. To your point on painting. Photoshop is the best soft all around. You won't find better written software for what it was meant to do. Even if you compare other software, office, other designs, publishing etc. It's also with so few bugs. It's the prestige that photoshop has and popularity that makes the Thomas Knoll and people around him nuts. Imagine that your software is known as well as OS itself. If you look at any magazine, photo journal or walk in any shopping mall you see it's work. Not for painting for everything but painting. Painter is the best for painting. But there is a difference between painter and photoshop. I learned that hard way. PS lets you do whatever everyone else can do. Clicks, masks, opacity boom boom done. You need to have a knowledge of each menu and you are master. Than only imagination. Painter is nothing if you are nothing. If you have mind of artist you bring you digital art to other media and then there are people like me. With sad eyes that other are gifted to see the purity in world and catch on ... well anything you want . Tablet, paper, wall or canvas. If you can draw or paint in real life, you won the lottery. If not well then welcome on board. I'm already there. I still believe I can break it but I can't. I just don't see it.

No problem man, I think we

No problem man, I think we both stated the obvious about Deke AND Photoshop If you like PS, you should look at After Effects, its like PS is the lighter, and AE is the can of hairspray, all you have to do is line the flame in front of the nozzle, and press ! muuuuhaha Ok, I digress o_0


I actually work with AE for years. It was always good companion with Premiere for me however when Nucleo announced the dual core support and I didn't have one I cried. I still don't have dual core pc even though I have render bank here so at least it's going faster on multiple PC. That's fun. TT had great tutorial. I think it was 15 DVD. I watched it once. I felt asleep but I watched it.

Love the analogy

On the matter of Photoshop and After Effects. I'm not much of a motion guy -- by which I mean, where video is concerned, I tend to spend more of my time in the hot seat than behind the editing wheel. I have some experience, but it's not enough for me to put myself out there as an expert. But I gotta say, as a Photoshop user, I envy what you have in AE. Anyway, thanks for the outpouring of positive comments. Really nice to hear. Especially when I've got this Channels & Masks book wound around me like a boa constrictor. It's me or him, baby -- and it's looking like a 50/50 proposition. Colleen will collect your bets.

I'll Bet the Farm on Deke

Colleen, Please accept my marker as I'm cheerfully betting the works on Obiwan as usual. It's sorta, kinda terrible Deke's under this pressure to get the book out during this holiday season when his family needs him, but somehow, someway, I'm sure he will pull the rabbit out of his hat once again. Wow! I have already paid for this book (at 45% discount) and Deke is still finishing it up. I love this country! :-) Hang in there Deke and, if you are feeling a wee bit overwhelmed by der Boa, just know that many of us owe you so much for what you have given us and believe in you and the high standards you demand of everything you produce. If I should get my book a few weeks late, I really won't care. Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin p.s. I'm enjoying an all day marathon of those fellow world-famous denizens of Deke's home town, Boulder, Colorado, "Mork and Mindy". Nah-Nuu Nah-Nuu!! Plus I scored your complete video InDesign 2 DVD training set for $4 at Half-Price Books today... life is good. Keep on keeping on!

Regarding Mork and Mindy

I used to have an office across the street from the house they show at the beginning of M&M. Poor people who owned that home. As I understand it, they were paid $200 for the use of that establishing shot. The University of Colorado -- being as it is not only my alma mater but also one of the Top Ten Party Schools in the U.S., which is actually mostly a bad thing (b/c inasmuch as I love to throw down, anyone who says "who wants to party?" is an undeniable scrotum) -- is a mile and a half from said home. The residents had such a hard time with students making off with fence posts and all matter of collectability during the wee hours that they eventually sold and moved out. Moral, never let anyone photograph your home. Especially not for something as lame as a podcast. Swell house tho. Lovely area. Beautiful Blue town. I love Boulder.

Ok Colleen I place my bet

I'm betting on Deke McClelland, the boa constrictor is the "creation". I bet on the creative mind that "spawns" it Its a modest bet, I have to keep some money to buy the boa, and its Canadian money so "heh" Man a whole book on channels and masks, that will be great, channels and masks are like THE tools for advanced masking, and I mean Advanced, from wispy hair and tiny lil bug antennas, to asparagus and brocoli being thrown at a green screen photoshoot. Heh I bet if someone really rolled up their sleeves, they could almost extract stupidity from the human genome with channels and masks....Before Photoshop even had layers, guess what you had to go to?....Chan....Anyway, preaching to the choir and the priest.... I mean I had a good start on the subject in CS One on One a few years back and a retouching book by Katrin Eismann, but I'm pretty sure this is going to be a lot deeper....And no I'm not on somesort of medication, come to think of it, I should page Dr Brown Thanx for putting up with my wacky enthusiasm Photoshop users should be nice to everyone....Or take a picture of them and have revenge in Photoshop

I knew it

Rob777 wrote:

Heh I bet if someone really rolled up their sleeves, they could almost extract stupidity from the human genome with channels and masks

Shit, Deke, we shouldn't have nixed Lesson 13.

Colleen maybe there's still time

BTW, thank Deke and yourself for the replies to my crazy antics, its kind of weird, having a person who is to Photoshop and Illustrator, what Steve Vai is to electric guitar, tell you he likes a comparaison you made on his website's forum. Tell him he can use any quotes he wants. I almost felt like bragging, but as my wife would be packing her bags and calling her parents, I would have had to explain who I was talking about, and how all the books and videos help justify that heavy credit card bill I just got a few weeks back with Adobe CS4 Master Collection Upgrade written all over it Seriously, If some creative person wont do it, or if floks at Adobe R&D dont come up with some other improvements to masking and extraction, that genome thing will still be in the spooky eugenisist's dept, or on Dr Pianka's desk o_0 I will now simma down, and get back to work, before several scary music bands from the local scene start asking me "whats up with the CD sleeve artwork, the photoshoot, and the website man?! Coming right up, just lemme refresh that glass of bong water fo ya Greetings from Montreal Rob Photoshop users should be nice to everyone....Or take a picture of them and have revenge in Photoshop

Don’t forget to save Workspace...

I love the new Link Panel in CS4. One thing your article does not tell is that the customization you do for the panel is remember tie to workspace, so it important to save a custom workspace AFTER you have customize it. If you don’t the next time you reset to one of the default workspace you will loose your setting.

Great tip, JC

That's good advice.