What would you like Deke to do?

Create more irreverent podcasts.
38% (702 votes)
Write more educational books.
17% (317 votes)
Film more comprehensive videos.
45% (850 votes)
Total votes: 1869


Bridge in CS3 Extended

David Grier: I have your Lynda CS3 One-on-One DVD and absolutely love it -- though I have to keep going back through already-seen episodes because I've forgotten stuff! In the section on the Bridge, however, nothing about quality of the "preview" pane. Sometimes (usually with a large PSD file) the preview pane comes up with a really awful blurry, out-of-focus image. The loupe reveals that actual sharpness is there, and when you double-click the file (thunbnail) to bring it up in Photoshop itself, the image resolves perfectly. What the heck is happening & is there some way I can fix it? -- because if I'm using the Bridge to compare different iterations of the same image (which to print, for example) I need to see them properly! Don't know is this is the appropiate place for a question like this, but... nothing ventured nothing gained! Thanks for everything.

Purge the cache

I like how this area has become the default Q&A area. We got to come up with a real home for that, but in the meantime, here will do. The Bridge is supposed to resolve all images at the highest resolution it can inside the confines of the Preview panel. But sometimes you have to wait for it. Other times you have to clear the cache by choosing Tools > Cache > Purge Cache for Folder X. That usually results in the Bridge regenerating thumbnails of better quality. If not, press Ctrl+K (Cmd-K), click Thumbnails on the left, and make sure Convert to High Quality When Previewed i turned on.

Bridge Previews: Awesome!! You Rock, Deke

Hey Deke, thanx for the prompt, quick and effective answer re purging the cache in Bridge. Your life-ring toss was right on the money. Your pod and this chat space are totally rad. Keep on rockin'. David Grier

Color Dynamics Jitter hue and saturation

Using "Adobe Photoshop CS3".....good book....having trouble in lesson 6 ......can't get to Figure 6-15 (lower right)....using CS3 Extended Version 10.0.1.....how do I get Hue and Saturation for Jitter active under "Color Dynamics"....advice please....Thanks

Hue & Sat Jitter

Funny, I was just updating that exercise for a future unnamable project that I'm working on. Make sure the brush tool is active (B). Go to the Brushes palette (F5). Click on Color Dynamics to select it and turn on the check box. Then set the Hue Jitter and Saturation Jitter values as desired. My guess is you didn't have the brush tool active. It's one of the few tools that offers those options.

Lab Color

I've seen some of your excellent Lab lessons from Lynda.com and have been practicing on my laptop. When I try to change to the Lab mode on my desktop machine my image goes Black and I have a Black channel in addition to the Lab channels. What's going on ?

Sounds like a weird multichannel thing

You're going direct from a three-channel RGB to Lab, and Photoshop delivers a four-channel LabK image? What does the top item in the Channels palette say? Lab or Lightness? Is the fourth channel literally named Black? Or Alpha?

Lab Color

The top channel says LAB followed by Lightness, a and b. Just as you see RGB followed by the appropriate channels. It's the strangest thing. I figure if anyone can solve it you can.

LAB problem

Never mind. The Photoshop Gremlins have been scared away. I just checked and the desktop works fine. I'm not even going to try to speculate.

Where to start?

Hi there, Where is a good place to start? I'm reasonably new to Photoshop (CS2) and have been picking up tips here and there but I would like to learn everything the right way around - the easiest possible way :) Best regards, Cathleen. www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

One week free

I haven't done the world's best job of publicizing this, but new members to lynda.com can sign up for a free 7-day trial account by going to www.lynda.com/deke. That gives you access not just to my 170 hours of content, but the entire library. (Oh, and thanks for the kind suggestions, Steve and Jim. I was overlooking a rather obvious solution.)

Regarding 'one week free'

Thanks for that, I'm going to check it out now. www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

Where to start?

Lynda.com has a monthly subscription program for Quick time movie tutorials. The instructors are great, the programs are logical step by step presentations. The cost is reasonable and greatly reduces the frustration encountered when first trying to learn the progran. Hope this helps. Jim

Where to start?

Thank you Jim, this sounds like me, hate reading instructions but will watch (instruction) videos 'til the cows come home. www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

Another thought

Sign up for lynda.com Deke has tons of videos out there...and if you want to be the best you have to learn from the best. You'll definitely learn from his books, no doubt, but if you want a real experience, check out his videos. From beginner to advanced, you can't go wrong the Deke. You'll learn, you'll laugh, you'll cry...you'll wonder "what the heck am I doing listening to this nut?" Funny thing is that you'll keep going back, learning more and more every time. Deke is the king of photoshop. Welcome to his Dekedom. steve_zimmer

re 'another thought'

Thank you Steve, I'm heading that way now. www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

If I might be so bold

The very intention of my book Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One is to teach you how to use Photoshop's large arsenal of features in the order that the features are best applied. It has 97 reader reviews at Amazon, most of which are five stars. See http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596100965. Let me know what you think!

Regarding 'If I might be so bold'

Sold! Ordered it through Amazon, can't wait to get it. In the meantime, I'm off to lynda.com www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

Regarding 'If I might be so bold'

Thank you Deke, I'm off to the camera shop this weekend and I'll see if they have this (or any) of your books. I need to get myself set up for properly - with lighting etc; today I booked two jobs; the Auckland airport florist and a present from a mum to her daughter of two shoots - a couples one and a model portfolio shoot. Great day :) I think I will be spending the next few days watching your videos and cramming it in :) www.cathleentarawhiti.co.nz

That's excellent news!

Let me know if the cramming works. And congrats on the gigs! My digits X'd 4 U!! (And even tho that was needlessly quasi-hip, I mean it. Best of luck.) ( ! )

101 tips on photoshop in 5 min.

Hey, Any chance I can get a transcript of the 101 tips? I can't think that fast. Thanks, Julie


http://www.deke.com/content/101-photoshop-tips-transcribed Have to be a member. :-)

Brain Reconstruction

I've been unemployed for about 5 months now (laid off), so to pass the time and update my Adobe Creative Suite skills I subscribed to the online training library at Lynda.com. It took me 40 days to complete the entire One-on-One training library, after which I felt empowered (and slightly humbled) by the massive amount of information you conveyed to my brain. I had to learn more. I embarked on the Channels and Masks series. Complete brain reconstruction. And keyboard shortcuts! I love keyboard shortcuts! It's funny, because after watching the "101 tips" podcast, I think I knew 99 out of 101 simply because you go over them so thoroughly in your training videos(Even though watching your videos has given me the nasty little habit of reiterating the keyboard shortcuts for the Mac when I'm explaining them to friends LOL). One little thing I noticed on your Podcast...you mentioned that CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E merges to a new layer. When using your Dekekeys layout, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E flattens the image and does not merge to a new layer (I've been using that one since the 1st edition of Katrin Eismann's Photoshop Restoration and Retouching, so when I tried it after installing dekekeys, DOH!). But since you also showed me how to change it in the One-on-One series, I was able to fix it without issue. Thanks! I'm currently on your Lab color series. You explain the theory very well. I do have a question, though...Are there any resources on fundamental digital color theory not necessarily related to color spaces? Or is it all based on color spaces? I'd like to understand color theory better. Thanks so much for making these 5 months so informative. P.S. I dig your nod to the song "Popular" by Nada Surf in your DekePOD.

Deke Space Article in Photoshop user July/Aug 2008

Can anyone clarify what the last paragraph in "Step Four" means? . Any ideas? Thanks

By the last paragraph, do you mean:

"The problem with the Print Size command is that it scales the image to an odd zoom ratio, which results in rough transitions. This means Print Size makes edges look choppier and more jagged than they actually are, which makes the command worthless for judging image sharpness. (As I write this, the current version of Photoshop is CS3. Future revs may render this paragraph mute.)" If so, it means that the zoom ratios 200% (and other even multiples of 100%), 100%, 50%, 25%, and 12.5% interpolate the screen image to look its finest (I.e., they're accurate representations of the image). But all other zoom settings size the image by dumping or repeating pixels, which is well known to diminish the quality of the screen image. (Adobe admits this.) The result is that the image exhibits jagged transitions that aren't really there. This makes zoom ratios like 33.3%, 66.7%, and Print Size altogether inaccurate for gauging sharpness. Make sense?

Adobe Photoshop CS3-One-on-One Companion DVD-ROM

I bought the book and the DVD does not work! Please direct to where I can download the entire contents of this DVD? C

Let me know how it's not working

Hi, C. Why don't you e-mail me here with the specifics of how the DVD's not working (colleen@deke.com), and well see about getting you fixed up.

Photoshop CS3 One-on-One Book

Does your Photoshop CS3 One-on-One Book contain the same stuff that is in your three videos "Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials, Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics and Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques? or does your book only cover one of these videos? Jim Koeper jckoeper@hotmail.com

Totally different products

The other One-on-One books and videos will have lots of shared material. But where Photoshop is concerned, I have so much material that there's no sense in repeating myself. Not sure if that was the answer you wanted to hear, but there it is.

Sup Deke

Great video. I wanted to say hi and tell people I work with, you actually talked to me. They are going to flip out once you write me back. Just kidding. I have seen a couple of your DVD's. thanks for not putting me to sleep with your tuts. Looking to get learnt