Deke Queue for You: Courses (and Freebies) Collected

This week,, home of what I now know to be over 500 hours of Deke-on-Video-Training, announced they have added the ability to share "playlists." This means, if you are a member of, you can round up a bunch of courses into one handy list, and then share that list (via a link, email, or social media) with whomever you wish. 

For instance, in honor of the impending arrival of the final installment in the Photoshop CS6 series, also known as Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Mastery, I have added the first three installments of Deke's series into a Photoshop CS6 One-on-One playlist so that members of can make sure they're up to date on the series before the finale arrives. Perfect for your weekend Photoshop enrichment. (And, hey, if you scheduled things cleverly, you could probably get through this list in a free week trial membership from You know, if you didn't sleep, pay attention to your children, or work too hard at your regular job for a week.) members can click on this image and be taken to a page where they can add my list to your collection.

Read on to see how to add courses to your own playlists, get a free trial at, and get my secret for on how to watch a completely free "playlist" of dekeVideos from the library. Read more » 

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How to Create Deke's New Improved Andy Warhol Effect in Photoshop

Today's tutorial is a step-by-step recounting of a recent Deke's Techniques in which Deke exploits the great exploiter: Andy Warhol. In other words, I'm exploiting Deke exploiting Andy exploiting art. And Photoshop is enabling us all. 

With this technique, you can take any portrait photo, choose any color scheme, and rip off, I mean pay homage to Warhol yourself. Or get your assistants to do it, because that's what cheaply produced Pop Art is all about. Maybe you too can sell your creation for $100 million. Or maybe you'll just enjoy the priceless gift of learning to effectively use blend modes in the pursuit of digitally manufacturing mass produced art. 

Read on see how to start your own Photoshop Pop Art Factory:  Read more » 

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Creating a Photoshop Composite from Six Separate Sixties-Style Psychedelic Scenes

Happy Friday, my beloved dekeQuarians. Today, I thought I'd spend an inordinate amount of time making groovy graphics to demonstrate a relatively simple technique for making a Photoshop composition. With all the 60s-era art around here lately, I thought I'd whip up some Peter-Max-meets-the-Fifth-Dimension-in-my-head (or, "What passes for a Sixties feel from someone who only lived through half of that decade") -inspired images in order to show off the technique Deke shared in this week's free Deke's Techniques video

As I noted earlier this week, the technique leverages 1) the Load Files into Photoshop Layers command in Bridge, 2) the ability to increase the Canvas Size by a percentage value in Photoshop, and 3) the groovy alignment power of Photoshop's Move tool. As Deke promised, you can use his technique with any same-sized images, so I started with these six heavily layered (not to mention obsessively constructed) graphics in Bridge:

Six contributing images in Bridge

Read on to see how you turn these far-out fantasies into a meticulously aligned composite message of PEACE (embellished with an Arnold Boecklin Std-inspired peace symbol I coerced Deke into drawing for me, in order to fulfill my vision):  Read more » 

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Parade of Hearts: A Photoshop Layer Effect Love Story

The other day when I was thinking about ways to not acknowledge Valentine's Day, I took a heart-shaped path created in Adobe Illustrator and started applying a bunch Photoshop layer effects to it---effects I basically lifted four Deke's Techniques (and one from our friend-in-Photoshop, Nigel French)---all of which were originally designed as text effects.  

But it had occurred to me that any layer effects you pile onto text in Photoshop can be just as easily applied to a shape. For the most part, I just took the instructions from Nigel and Deke, inserted the heart-shaped path we drew in Illustrator a few weeks ago into a new shape layer, and applied the layer effects to my shape instead of text. Here are the results: 

Although reminiscent of sitting around making valentines with doilies, glitter, and glue in my youth, this was much more fun and required much less clean up. Also, my mom never let me use flames.

And any shape will do, so if you want to turn your shamrocks to gold, your easter eggs to chocolate, or set a decidedly unsuspecting snowflake on fire, you're set for every holiday as long as you can create (or find) a path shape to use. 

Read on to see my notes and get links to the video instructions I used. Note, all but one of these techniques are documented in movies that are actually unlocked for everyone at, (and if you need a free trial week for the fire project, you can sign up for one one at Read more » 

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Mastery Nears Completion

Some of you have expressed interest as to when (or even if) my final course, Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Mastery, will go live at my beloved video publisher

First, let me assure you that it will and I am almost done recording the damn thing.

Second, I thought, gosh, I might as well give you a sneak peek into what's in store. There's plenty of exciting stuff---Lighting Effects, Adaptive Wide Angle, animation, and video editing---not to mention a new take on high dynamic range, better known as HDR.

Most of the HDR tips and tricks I've seen present the feature as something like digital magic. (I myself have been guilty of this crime.) But this time I'll be rolling up my sleeves and showing you how this weird and semi-fantastical feature actually works. For example, did you know that, under the right circumstances, you can indeed create an HDR portrait shot?

Using myself as the proverbial guinea pig, I was able to take the following pedestrian portrait shot (captured ever-so-deftly by my buddy Lucas Deming; the pedestrian aspect is altogether my fault):

A pedestrian shot of Deke by Lucas Deming

And transform it into this lustrously volumetric image using Photoshop CS6's enhanced HDR Pro module, entirely without the assistance of Liquify, the Healing Brush, or any selective retouching:

That same pedestrian shot rendered in lustrous depth using HDR Pro

As many of you know, HDR Pro requires multiple shots captured at different exposures. (This began as a three-shot bracketed series, btw.) So how do you manage to capture a living, breathing, flinching human being under such conditions? Answer: Very carefully. Read more » 

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