Which video would you like Deke to record next (after he finishes Photoshop & Illustrator One-on-One)?

Photoshop CS4 Smart Objects
34% (733 votes)
Photoshop CS4 Blend Modes
24% (526 votes)
Photoshop CS4 Adjustment Layers
20% (426 votes)
Photoshop CS4 for Bio-Medical Imaging Geeks
5% (113 votes)
InDesign CS4 One-on-One
17% (372 votes)
Total votes: 2170


Visions of Coolness Revisited #12 & 35

But none of those dudes can manipulate Photoshop with your acumen, expertise and shrewdness. Except of course, Jesus (A.K.A. God), who can put you to shame with his Wacom behind his back. By the way, I would have put Lorenzo (il Magnifico) de' Medici in the 1400's if I were to continue this list. Maybe someone else can fill in the gaps. BTW, It's pretty obvious that you have no idea how to play a guitar.


Thanks for the comforting music, all the while I'm learning something new. It's like sleep teaching!! You're the best, brother. Steve Husch Blackwell Sanders Graphic Designer


I'm wordless.


I need to find a comfort level in using photoshop, I am trying to learn through videos and tutorials, but what I have watched so far has gotten me in a state of confusion because every author uses it in a completely different manner and the things I learn with one instructor seem to be completely different and sometimes opposed to those of the next one. I find myself not really having the confidence to take a photo and knowing what to do with it to make it decent enough for printing. I am in my late fifties and need to make decisions such as, can I hope to make money with photo restoration, or should I invest my precious time in other fields. I like photography and fixing photos but I need to learn the right way and become good enough to command a decent living with my work I am dedicate but the state of the economy is a very disturbing factor and is influencing my decisions increasingly In short, what should I do to really become good enough to make a career move, I am a late arrival to digital photography but if there is a way I would like to make it work for me. Any good solid advice will be welcome.

I'd Like to chime in, too ...

... because I'm in your age range (but will deny it if you ever bring it up again.) I only just found Deke myself. I 'tasted' a lot of other courses, but couldn't get myself to stick with any before this. Too boring and no context. Deke does a great thing in showing you what can be done before jumping in to how to do it. So you're definitely in the right place. Motivation: As to your concerns about 'right way' and time, the most important life lesson to apply is "JUMP IN!" I did that ages ago with PS without any teacher. I learned to do the things I needed to do because I could make money by doing it along with the other parts of my projects I already knew how to do. When there's a need, the solutions sink in pretty easily. Practical: My recommend for jumping in with this program is to open an image and play with it using the options in the Image drop-down link. Go through them one by one. Make sure you check the preview box, and just look at what all of those options will let you do. That alone has allowed me to do all kinds of work for online images and as mentioned, get paid for it. This will also allow you to feel grounded - and not lost - once you dig into Deke's great book and video instruction. Good luck and have fun!

The Way to Learn and Retain Photoshop

The best way to learn anything is to start applying it right away to your own projects. I've always found that, when learning new skills, whether you learn them from a class or a book, you don't understand them as well, or retain them, without applying them to real-life problems. When you incorporate new skills into your own problem-solving processes, they really stick and become almost instinctive. As you take classes at Lynda.com (or wherever), intersperse them with work of your own, so you can use the new skills as soon as possible. This also makes future training easier to grasp and retain. Focus on the basics at first, and don't even think about how far you have to go. Just take one step at a time. Once you have a good foundation to build on, you'll find there's really a lot you can do with just the basics, and the more advanced skills will become relatively easy to learn. If you don't already have thousands of photos in need of some Photoshop magic, like I do, go out and take some. Almost any photograph could be improved on, or made into an art project. You don't have to know everything Photoshop does right away. I've been using Illustrator and Photoshop since they first came out (late 80s and early 90s), and they were both a lot simpler back then. But even with those first basic tools, people were doing fantastic work. Once I had a good grounding in the early programs, it's always been fairly easy to add new skills as the programs evolved. I was stuck back at Photoshop 7 because my company stopped upgrading it. FInally, I spent my own hard-earned cash for the CS3 suite last year (and an upgrade this year), and I had a lot of catching up to do. But since I had the basics really down, it hasn't been hard to add the new stuff. It's actually been a blast, because Deke's so entertaining. I'd rather watch a Deke video than almost anything on TV, except for 24 and Battlestar Galactica. (My consolation for the end of BSG next week is that I'll be able to spend Friday nights watching Deke videos.) Don't get discouraged. Photoshop's got a really steep learning curve, so nobody could start at ground zero and remember everything they learn right away. Like everything worth doing, it takes some practice. The good news is, you don't have to be an expert to do some really good work and have a lot of fun. Once you get into it, Photoshop is really, really fun.

Let me see if I can tackle some of those questions

With regards to various authors of material on “proper” use of Photoshop, I tried several names and eventually stuck primarily with Deke. Reason being is because Deke doesn’t teach “Photoshop for wedding photographers” or “Photoshop for web” types of courses. Which are fine by themselves for those that already work in Photoshop. What Deke teaches is to understand what is happening behind the scenes when you apply a command so the results are predictable and repeatable. The best part of that kind of knowledge is that it allows you to create your own workflow and invent techniques that work for you. I would equate that to learning how to tighten a screw as opposed to knowing all the ways a screwdriver can be used. That being said, it’s not like he doesn’t cover good techniques for common adjustments. First, as for the bad news; Photoshop is one of the most complex piece of software I had a pleasure learning over the years. It took me a decade to get real good at it, and the learning process never stopped. Worse yet, you might find the need to draw from other disciplines like painting, drawing, photography and lighting, design, etc to fully grasp the way real objects interact with their environment and then integrate that knowledge into Photoshop. As for the good news, to be able to do about 99% of the stuff that is commonly done in ‘shop, you don’t need a decade. Heck, you don’t even need a year. Just a healthy dose of curiosity, patience, creativity and about an hour a day for a month or so. The best part of it that it is incredibly rewarding. And yes – you can make money in it, but that also requires some dry left-brained skills that have got nothing to do with Photoshop. Now, no one out there will or should tell you the right way to adjust an image. Once you know the use of tools, it really is up to your creativity. Photoshop is all about liberating the artist within you to do what you see as the best fit for a given image. Even when a client tells you “I want you to close the mouth on this person’s face”, you still have to use your imagination on how you’re going to achieve the result in a fastest way possible; a way that works for YOU. What I can recommend is to try every little thing that is being done in a given video exercise. Use the materials provided, but also use your own images – that way you get to experience an exercise with a new pair of eyes; you will be amazed how much you will forget by the end of the course when you take a second look if you don’t actually do EVERYTHING that is done in an exercise. Every time you learn something new, ask yourself in which other way could you apply what you learned. Also, be an active member of a number of a number of sites where you can learn and help others learn. Subscribe to Photoshop User magazine and watch online tutorials. Go to Adobe site and check out some of the forums there; lots of good info and ways to get your answers there. If you’re looking to change a career overnight, I’d say stick with what you got and what you know well. Have a blast playing along the way, and you’re sure to get to a comfortable point sooner rather than later. Hope this helps -iVan

Colorizing Scanned Line Art

I bought your Photoshop 5 the Bible after I took a beginining Photoshop 5 class. Being new to Photoshop, I would just look up ways to do what I needed done at the time and realy did not get into the program very deeply. I have now progressed to CS4, a real step forward for me. I am at he point of beig able to progress and understand more than the simple things I have been doing until now. I wanted to be able to delete the white backgrounds from jpegs without doing the complex magic wand machanics, I have been using and found the three step process on page 315 in Photogshop 5. It looks very easy and simple but I can not get it to work in CS4. Ctrl+Alt+1 does not do anything, that I can see. Then Ctrl+shift+I does not do anythihg either, but Ctrl+J does give me another layer. I do not know what I am doing wrong. This option would be great to process al the things I do to separate the solid backgrounds I find myself dealin with consitantly from clients. What am I missing? Your help is invaluable.

Re: Scanned Line Art

Hi there, Fambrough In CS4 shortcuts changed somewhat. To send a scanned line art to a separate layer, which is what I presume you want to do, use one of the following sequences. For grayscale images: Shift+Ctrl+3 (selects everything but the line drawing when in grayscale mode) Shift+Ctrl+I (inverses the selection to select the black areas) Ctrl+J (copies the ink areas onto a separate layer) -remember to convert to RGB before coloring For RGB scans: Shift+Ctrl+U (reduces all the stray colored pixels to their gray counterparts) Shift+Ctrl+2 (selects everything but the line drawing when in RGB mode) Shift+Ctrl+I (inverses the selection to select the black areas) Ctrl+J (copies the ink areas onto a separate layer) I take it you probably know how to get past this point, things haven't changed much in that arena. There is also a manual way, and I always advocate learning the manual steps. Simply because when shortcuts change, and they tend to change every once in a while, you can always go to the command and see the new shortcut beside it: -Open Channels palette and Ctrl+click on the top thumbnail (if you're working in grayscale mode, there is only going to be one, in RGB there are 4 including the top composite). That selects the white areas -Go to Select/Inverse command -Go to Layer/New/Layer Via Copy command Cheers! -iVan

Very Cool! Lynda Weinmann Interviews Mordy Golding re His Start

http://www.lynda.com/newsletters/images/mar09/vid/index.html?utm_source=LDCemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NL030309_MG-interview_thumb_LL&utm_campaign=NL030309 for all you other Mordy Golding fans, friends, enemies, whatever, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin

Tutorials for Web Design?

Deke, I'm a huge fan of your One-on-One series (Photoshop/Illustrator). I was curious as to whether you'd ever consider doing some tutorials specific to creating graphics and designing for the web. You could touch on things like creating navigation buttons, background images, etc. I know that many of the techniques you teach in your One-on-One series can already be transferred to web-based design. However, it would be great if you had a series specific focused on working on the web. I also realize that Lynda.com already features tutorials on "Photoshop for the Web" and "Illustrator for the Web." However, you're one of the only people on Lynda.com that doesn't put me to sleep. ;) Thanks, --mike

We try to avoid stepping on each other's toes

I believe Jan's got a Photoshop for Web series and Mordy's on top of the interactive Illustrator stuff. and I'm so backed up with all the Biomedical Imaging material I have to record that I don't quite know when I'll see the light of day. (Not really.) But taken under advisement -- and thanks loads for the kind words!

Don't Forget About...

That is a great suggestion! Don't forget FireWorks is specifically made to do web graphics. Photoshop is great for raster photo editing and Illustrator for vector illustration, but only FireWorks has: a built-in "Web Layer" enabling many cool web-graphic features such as JavaScript behaviors that work (DreamWeaver falls drastically short in this area with its "broken" behaviors). a Property Inspector to die for, it is so useful. does both vector and raster at once and has a native PNG file format. integrates smoothly with DreamWeaver and Flash through "Round Trip Editing". I could list a dozen more features (and will gladly on request) but I think you get the point on why IMHO FireWorks is still wayyyy superior for web graphics. I hope Adobe won't kill this product and that some day we will see a 1-on-1 book on it and/or tutorial videos from Deke, whose graphic skills extend far beyond just Photoshop or Illustrator. your local neighborhood FireWorks cheerleader, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin p.s. Sleep is GOOD when you can get it


Deke, I finally broke down and bought a laptop just for Photoshop, as well as upgrading to CS4. So I'm going through your LDC 1-on-1 video series to set up preferences, etc. Always good stuff. One thing I noticed on my HP Pavilion laptop is that Ctrl+Shift+S brings up the HP Help menu, rather than the Save As command. Do you know if there is any way to disable the HP Help menu so I can use this shortcut for PS? I'm using Windows Vista 64-bit if that matters. Thanks. DP

There's probably a Regedit fix

I hate system-wide keyboard shortcuts. The Google app bar has a similar thing for Ctrl+Alt+G. HP's site should offer some sort of directions for turning the damn thing off, but ti probably will require a trip down the Regedit hole. Good old Regedit. Makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

Ctrl+Alt+S also equals Save As

Thanks Deke. I did call HP Support (which was outsourced to a foreign land - difficult to understand her English) and they were of minimal help. She said that the HP system keyboard shortcuts could not be changed. So I figured hey, I'll just change the PS shortcut to Ctrl+Alt+S instead. Turns out, Ctrl+Alt+S is also a shortcut for Save As. Problem solved. That's what I love about Adobe. They obviously knew that Ctrl+Shift+S is used by some manufacturers as a system shortcut, and they gave us another option. That's pretty cool. DP

I can see you found a workaround for your problem...

...but at the same time it has cost you a loss of a Save As shortcut. I had the same yeast infection on my HP; called the tech support and got the same answer. So I started anew (I had other junkware that shipped with the machine, so it was worth the effort). Turns out that particular problem was shipped with the keyboard driver that HP "improved" (that is to say, it gave it a driver's license, car keys and a bottle of scotch). So I downloaded the baseline keyboard driver from the manufacturer's site to replace the factory-shipped one. I still have a fully functional keyboard with all the bells and whistles, but no forced shortcuts. flyboy :1 - HP:0 Not sure it's the same solution for your woes, but it's a nicer, less smelly alternative to regedit (which would have been my very next step). Cheerio! -iVan

Unused shortcut combos

It would be very helpful to have a list of some known unused shortcuts for Photoshop so when we need one we load it in without have to be concerned about disabling some other function. Trial and error is ok but a half dozen spares would be handy to have.

One On One

I bought the book and then did the lessons on lynda.com. I learned more about Photoshop in two weeks than I did the last 52 weeks. Deke is an amazing teacher. Yes he goes real fast but all I have to do is go back and replay the lessons. My abilities to do adjustments on my photos has improved drastically. I love Deke's style and can't get enough of his training. I'm looking forward to starting on his new book on Channels and Mask next week. I keep hoping he'll have the lessons on lynda.com so I can do both at the same time.

Thanks! And they are!

The Channels & Masks book and the lynda.com "Channels and Masks" video series are pretty much the same animal. The biggest differences are: 1) the two are organized a bit differently and 2) the book is updated for CS4 and the video series is for CS3. Vis-a-vis the latter item (2), that's actually good news. It means the book explains the new Masks and Adjustments palettes, while the video explains the old Extract command, which was removed from CS4. (Altho a future Martini Hour tells you how to put it back in there.) Plus the video covers the background eraser, 16-bit/channel, HDR, and the Displace and Lighting Effects filters, none of which made the book cut.


I just got the second book this week. I'm now back on lynda kinda watching Chris's Photography lessons so After I'm done I'm back here. Sorry for the delay. Less money, more work and uncertain future. That's me Archee cheers

Excellent news, thanks for the update

Watching Chris' videos, huh? I'm not sure that's allowed. ;-) Seriously, Chris has this one live-action movie that he shot in a Ventura print shop that is just weeks away from becoming the best movie in the lynda.com OTL. He and Jacob (director) did an outstanding job. I am simultaneously jealous and proud. They're really raising the bar. Meanwhile I'm hanging out at the bar. What gives?

Beautiful Video

I'm glad I stumbled across this. I went and watched it right away. That is one gorgeous, mesmerizing video. Oscar-worthy cinematography (IMHO).

Any Illustrator Videos are Appreciated

O.K. I feel somewhat like a lone voice crying out in a Photoshop wilderness :-) And, yes, I teach and use Photoshop and understand the mass appeal for Photoshop. Whenever you can work in an Illustrator video would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the new Illustrator class on Lynda.com! Between you and Mordy, Lynda has it covered well! cheers, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin p.s. I voted for InDesign in protest that Illustrator wasn't listed :•(

Two more Photoshop and Illustrator series

Are already in the works. I would film one of these video series after those. (I have Illustrator CS4 Getting Started as well. Great short series for folks who are coming to Illustrator for the first time.) And don't forget lynda.com/deke for the free week.

New book: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One Still Moving Along?

Cool! I assume that means you are updating your (1) Illustrator CS3 One-On-One: Beyond the Basics and (2) Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques series for CS4. I have carefully studied your videos since CS2 and look forward to seeing what changes you will make (what gets taken out, added, etc.) Last fall, I used your "Illustrator CS4 Getting Started" short series to make the move over to CS4 and found it very helpful in understanding the new stuff like the Blob Brush tool. Thnx and great work! You didn't mention your new book: "Illustrator CS4 One-on-One" which Amazon tells me is to be released next month. Hope that project is moving along well even if it should be released later than March. I am expecting to make it the new text book for my Illustrator classes at the Art Institute. I have happily used your Photoshop One-One books (CS2-CS4) as a text book for 4 years now in my Photoshop classes and you sure make my job simpler with your detailed directions, practical and useful exercises, insightful comments and you even provide the quizzes... How cool is that? Between you and Mordy, your new stuff has kept me on as a paying subscriber at lynda.com for 5 months in a row now (quite a big deal for a cheapskate like me and worth every penny)... keep it coming please! (and sorry for my usual longwindedness.) cheers, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin

Yes, Illustrator One-on-One is moving along

In fact, it's moved so far along, we're saving it for the next version of the software. (How was that for making bad news sound ga-reat!?) The only way to make a 2nd-quarter 2009 book happen was to scrap dekePod, kill Martini Hour, and blow off lynda.com for the next two months. And that doesn't suit anyone's needs (tho mostly mine). Sorry for the bad tidings. (We just made the decision the week before last.) But good news: we're still going forward, we'll have the book out next rev, and there might be a CS4 version in Dutch. So, Thomas, my suggestion: Learn Dutch.

Are You Kidding Me? I'm Happy!

Hey! That's not really bad news, it's really good news to know you are still serious about the book. I've seen what's out there (sad, sad) and am thrilled at the prospect of a book for Illustrator of the same quality as what you've done for Photoshop. I've waited and hoped for this book for years. I will happily wait a while longer.... I'm just really thrilled that you are doing this and hope you keep us posted on any progress. I'd rather get a great book next year that's up to your regular standards, than a mediocre book now. I know you can understand that. The awesome task of doing such a book on taming the beast, Illustrator, is daunting. (I have seen students brought to tears by Illustrator over the years and have had the satisfaction of helping them "tame that lion") And I believe you are the man who can pull it off (with help from friend Mordy of course)... even if you only transcribed your Illustrator videos and added an intro video and a quiz to each chapter, it would be tons better than what's out there now. As to Dutch, actually my German is strong enough that I can usually figure out Dutch when I am in Amsterdam. So, if that book happens I would buy it. See... I'm not depressed but rather enthusiastically waiting :•) Speaking of Illustrator... got to teach 2 classes on both Text and Layers tomorrow, so I'm headin over to Lynda to review ur great stuff tonite.... it will prolly be my zillionth time watchin these vids and I'm sure I will once again see some new thing and get inspired all over again. BTW, I saw Bert Monroy yesterday in San Antonio and I mentioned your site. cheers, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin

I love Bert

Between you and me, there are a lot of us posing as experts. I don't hang with many b/c the conversation begins and ends at what mighty wizards we all are. I get woozy listening to the dazzling tributes to our thunderous import. But Bert is genuine peops. Rare guy, that one.

Thanks Man!

Sorry for the 2nd comment on your post. Just want to say that I have been thinking about that very thing for a number of weeks now and I find your honesty refreshing. You have a good attitude, Deke. Thanks for saying that. Frankly, I am impressed you had the guts to say that much. It really helps me to keep keepin on at what I do and I am sure others feel the same :-) a student, Thomas Thomas Benner The Art Institute of Austin p.s. PLEASE keep the attitude!!!