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The Newsletter of Things Deke: October 19, 2011

Hello, gang:

The coming of fall means that the nights come sooner and last longer. And night time is the perfect setting for jack-o-lanterns and prancing around in costumes. This is that one time of year when saying "boo!" is a good thing. Read more » 

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Steve Job [sic] is Dead

This has been a bitter-sweet week for all of us.

Steve Jobs flame logo

What's interesting about this passing is: he wasn't a political leader, he wasn't a cultural leader, he wasn't a spiritual leader, and he wasn't a pop star. He was a thought leader. And an unmitigated capitalist. Read more » 

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Today I Finish Recording "Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals"

When I released my first "Photoshop Channels & Masks" course for lynda.com, it shot to the top of the Online Training Library and remained there for months. Naturally, I've been eager to update the videos, but as seems forever to be the case, there have been plenty of other things to occupy my attention.

Fortunately, that unfortunate situation officially changes today. Nearly four years after the release of my last "Channels & Masks" course, I am just today putting the finishing touches on its update. Only this time around, we'll be calling the video "Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals." And it contains all new content. (Okay, so there are a couple of archival projects, but I thoroughly rehashed them, so they're new too.)

Here's a sample project, in which I take a couple of foreground subjects, one with lots of hair and the other with lots of feathers:

A woman with hair and a bird with feathers, ready to mask in Photoshop

And I arrange them against a new background, complete with some adventurous compositing techniques and a few synthetic effects:

The two images masked into a new background, with effects, courtesy of Photoshop Read more » 

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My Latest Video Course, Photoshop Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects, Is on Its Way

Update: This 5-hour and 51-minute video course is now live at lynda.com. If you get a chance to watch it, please let me know what you think!

This coming Tuesday (September 27 October 4, 2011), my beloved video publisher lynda.com releases the last in my four-course series on 3D in Photoshop, titled Photoshop Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects. In this course, I show you how to create a total of seven 3D type effects---all covering different disciplines, design needs, and approaches---entirely in Photoshop and altogether from scratch.

Watch the above movie for more info.

Meanwhile, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are 7,000:

Photoshop Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects, murder mystery

For example, this one's a poster for a vintage murder-mystery movie. Read more » 

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