Two News Items Worth Imparting: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced and dekePod Episode 012
Hello Dear Friends,
Thanks for the Martini Hour love. CW and I's audio-only podcast is doing much better than expected here at the site and on iTunes. I thought people were going to flame us and say things like, "Why are you degenerates drinking on a tech podcast?" or "C'mon, get with the times: do crack!" But no, everyone's all nice and so thanks for that.
But that's not one of the two news items. Here are the news:
First, I finished filming my video "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced," the second installment in my cradle-to-grave series for lynda.com. Spanning 10 chapters and 213 movies, it might be the longest, most comprehensive piece I've created so far. Plus, it offers the usual "Corrections to the High Renaissance Masters," including a fews movies in which I turn Raphael's porcine and dour Maddalena (left) into a poised and powerful gal-about-the-village (not left). Also helpful, my rendition includes something resembling a below-the-neck skeletal structure. (Raphael, a gifted artist who obviously hated this woman with everything in him, rendered Maddalena's body as belonging to a fleshy and formless Weeble.)
For those of you thinking, "Hey, you covered something like that in a previous series!" Yes, but timeless art survives the upgrades. Plus, I came up with some important improvements, including a way to reverse the effects of Liquify's inherent and unfortunate tendency to smear pixels in edited areas. I mean, just look at that close-up (below). That's some heavy editing, friends. I didn't take Twiggy and make her thighs 2mm thinner. This is a complete cosmetic reconstruction. To a low-res image I found lying around the Hinterwebs. And yet the results are impeccable.
Second -- and leave it to me to bury this item 20 fathoms deep after a completely unrelated posting -- we are just one week away from the release of the first dekePod in three months. I know, I feel terrible about the delay. But I feel great about the results. This one's very special. It's so kind, so gentle, and so sincere -- well, it'll break your heart, that's all.
You're either going to think, "That's the dumbest thing I ever done saw," or "Finally, it's safe to have faith in humanity again." Mark your calendars for this time next week: dekePod Episode 012, The Droplet Song.
Yes cry. Happy tears.