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No Deke's Techniques Today, But I Have Some Ideas

Hello, my beloved dekeOlutionaries. Here in our beleaguered but beloved country it's the Fourth of July. And while it may be currently the fourth of July in many places, for us it's a celebration of our humble beginnings. And our ability to pretend like blueberries are actually blue when you use them in the service of trying to make a patriotic dessert for your holiday cookout.

Anyway, Linda/LinkedIn is taking the day (actually, the week) off, so there's no Deke's Techniques episode today. But I have a few ideas from July 4th's past to keep you entertained, should the fireworks not be enough.
 

Deke's Techniques Episode 562: Creating an American Flag in Photoshop
She's on glass, but she's impeccably made and exquisitely rendered.


Creating Faux Fireworks against a Synthetic Sky in Photoshop
This is a technique I borrowed from Howard Pinsky and adapted for our July 4, 2013 blog post.


There's Gonna Be Fireworks
In the early days of dekeWorld, I shared this childhood gem, the "Fireworks" episode of Schoolhouse Rock. 

 

1776
And here's how I'm spending my day. Love the Salon headline: Fourth of July viewing: Before there was “Hamilton,” there was “1776.” A poetically (and sometimes hilariously clever) crafted script. And songs that will blast out any idiotic, jingoistic tune you might horrifically encounter today.

1776

 Peace and Freedom my brothers and sisters of dekeLand.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques: Please Stand By

Hey, Gang.We seem to be having some technical difficulties with this week's episode. And while I don't have this week's episode of Deke's Techniques available, I do have the actual Deke telling me about how awesome this week's offering is. So stay tuned.

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Deke Flies a Photoshop Flag for Election Day

My brother and sister dekeItarians. You might have noticed that today is Election Day here in the USA. To celebrate the end of an excruciating season, Deke has created a flag for today's Deke's Techniques episode---an American flag that is meticulously crafted by Deke, legendarily designed by an American woman, and may or may not have survived a few shards of broken glass thrown its way in the past year.

An American flag projected on glass in Photoshop

I'll be back with the full run-down tomorrow. If you're an American who's already voted you can catch a the episode here before it's on Lynda.com. If you're a dekeOpolitan outside the US, watch the video and wish us luck and a quick recovery. See you in what I hope is a new tomorrow, tomorrow. Read more » 

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Some Other Free Deke: Select and Mask Workspace in Photoshop

Hey, my fellow dekeItarians. We're having some glitches with Deke's Techniques this week, and the free episode may not make it up until tomorrow. In the meantime, I wanted to suggest another bit of freeDeke that's available over at lynda.com. There are a couple of unlocked movies on the new Select and Mask "taskspace" in Photoshop CC 2015.5.

(Which is sillier, taskspace as a phrase or calling something 2015.5 in the middle of 2016? But I digress.)

Anyway, this new "space that takes over Photoshop proper) has some cool features for refining your selections and masks. You needn't be a lynda.com member to watch the first two movies. Click on the image, or one of the many other redundant links in this post).

The new Select and Mask workspace in Photoshop CC 2015.5

If you'd like to watch more of the updates course, and you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

I'll be back as soon as I can with this week's free Deke's Techniques episode! Thanks for your patience, dekeDiehards. Read more » 

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Update Complete! Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced Course

The wait is over dekeOtopians, the latest installment of Deke's flagship Photoshop course, Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced has been updated with seven new chapters, complete with all new sample files and projects. If you've finished the first half of this second course (that's not confusing in any way), you can now catch the second half. If you were waiting to start until the thing was complete, now is your chance.

And don't forget, if you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get 10 free days to check it out by signing up at lynda.com/deke.

Here's an overview of what the course covers, and a sneak peek at some of the projects covered:

Chapter 16: Color Range and Focus Area

Chapter 16: Color RangeAs long time dekeOlytes know, Deke likes to think of the Color Range command as "the Magic Wand on steroids." See how to use it's power to select complicated elements, and then apply equally complex effects like "color reflections," selective focus, and, of course, rocket plumes.

Chapter 17: Layer Masks and Refine Edge

Chapter 17: Layer Masks and Refine EdgePhotoshop's Refine Edge command does just that: takes your carefully made layer mask or selection outline and refines it for impeccable composition creation. Plus killer Thunder Kitty.

Chapter 18: Scale, Rotate, Skew, and Warp

Chapter 18: TransformResize and rescale your layers for customized composition. Deke shows you how to bend, twist, stretch, and spin your elements around to bend them to your will with the Transform command.

Chapter 19: Smart Objects

Chapter 19: Smart ObjectsSmart Objects behave as virtual protective envelopes around objects in your Photoshop compositions. Behave with impunity, knowing smart object will protect the contents within from just about anything.

Chapter 20: Image Reconstruction

Chapter 20: Image ReconstructionWhat to do when you inadvertently cut of a key bit of your child's foot? Reconstruct with Photoshop. Deke even shows you how to "uncrop" and image to restore pleasing proportions.

Chapter 21: Liquifying an Image

Chapter 21: Liquify Liquify lets you take those unflattering angles, and helps you virtually suck in your gut. It may seem like cheating, but knowing how to accomplish this is a realistically important skill.

 

Chapter 22: Vector Shapes

Chapter 22: Vector ShapesVectors allow you to draw shapes and lines that end up being resolution-independent and ultimately scalable. Plus you can make custom shapes and even turn text into editable shape outlines.

Chapter 23: Blend Modes

Chapter 23: Blend ModesBe the master of math and bend the Blend modes to your will. Telling one layer how to interact with another will give you untold visual effect power. And you can use them in place of masking for quick compositions.

Chapter 24: Layer Effects

Chapter 24: Layer EffectsThese dynamic effects can give your compositions depth and texture in just a few clicks. And they're completely editable, so you can adjust to your own desires.

Chapter 25: Levels and Curves

Chapter 25: Levels and CurvesIt's all about mastering the histogram, using the Levels and Curves commands to change the tones of your photograph on a luminance level by luminance level basis. Ultimate tonal control, my dekeOpotamuses.

Chapter 26: Lens Correction and Perspective Warp

Chapter 26: Lens CorrectionOr, What to Do When Everything Is Crooked. See how to use Photoshop's Lens Correction feature (in Camera Raw) and Perspective Warp to bend reality back to your liking.

Chapter 27: Advanced Camera Raw

Chapter 27: Advanced Camera RawTake Photoshop's most powerful plug-in to it's photo-developing pinnacle. Get beyond that first tab in Camera Raw, and see how to use the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, and Post-Crop Vignetting, just to name three.

Chapter 28: Black-and-White Photography

Chapter 28: Black and White PhotographyExploit the flexibility that Photoshop provides: shoot in color and convert to crisp black-and-white image in post-production. Or give your image a classically crafted sepia tone. All with ultimate flexibility.

Chapter 29: Duotones and Colorization

Chapter 29: ColorizationOr, alternatively take a black-and-white photo and suffuse it with custom color. See how to create colorific effects from the sublime to the, uh, wildly Deke.

Chapter 30: Sharpening Details

Chapter 30: SharpeningEnhance your edges to really make your images crystal clear. Learn different approaches to sharpening, so you can find just the right skill for your image's needs. Read more » 

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