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Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes Goes Live @ lynda.com

Although Photoshop has the word "photo" in its title, a remarkably small percentage of Photoshop users identify themselves as photographers. In contrast, more than half call themselves designers. (In case you're wondering who the heck else uses the program, think realtors, medical practitioners, lawyers, law-enforcement professionals, insurance investigators, scientists, and anyone else who makes for good TV drama.) If you fall into this superhuge "designer" bucket---which includes all walks of visual artists, btw---there's nothing better you can do to get a leg up on the competition than learn and eventually master 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. Why? Because 3D is exciting, liberating, and outlandishly powerful. Not to mention, no one else in your immediate vicinity has a clue to how it works.

Which is why, just yesterday, I released the Part 3 of my 4-part Photoshop 3D series in the lynda.com Online Training Library. Titled Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes, this nearly 9-hour video course takes you to the far reaches of 3D, including scene building, lighting, shadow casting, camera manipulation, and stereoscopic imaging. Below you see me introducing 3D lighting. Note that I'm taking the topic so seriously that I'm wearing a jacket, even though the temperature on the set is roughly that of the sun. And I'm so bulging with 3D info that my left arm (the one on right) looks like I borrowed it from the Michelin Man.

Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes intro

I should mention that the live-action illustrations and many of the 3D models hail from Paul Roper, an incredibly talented guy at lynda.com.

Meanwhile, here's an illuminating chapter-by-chapter description of this transformative and, I freely admit, life-affirming course. Read more » 

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Spirals Reborn in Adobe Illustrator

Last week, I recorded another round of Deke's Techniques for lynda.com. These videos have been enormously popular. So, naturally, I've been analyzing which movies inspire gobs of views and which fall relatively flat. Sure, I'm trying to read your mind for my own devious purposes. But, also, I want to make you happy. I'm a natural-born pleaser, after all.

So I probed a recent post where I asked you what you want from me. (If you haven't seen it, take a peek and suggest a technique!) There are many interesting requests---and I am spiraling over them all---but a few caught my immediate eye. Including one that asks how to create "some stylized graphics like swirls and swooshes" in Adobe Illustrator. Which is how I came up with this:

A trendy swirl ornament rendered in Adobe Illustrator

Readily, I admit that most of the above graphic originates from a swirl ornament by Dmitry Skvorcov of the Fotolia image library. Which is perhaps my best tip: Download a vector file for a few bucks from an affordable stock agency and then edit it to suit your needs. Read more » 

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This Is Me in Real 3D

I'm so sorry to do this. But I get excited whenever I record a really great video. This one will be a Deke's Techniques movie for lynda.com, available (I believe) July 5th. Altogether for free. And it will document how to make a stereoscopic photograph with a single lens (i.e., standard) camera, perfect for viewing with a pair of red/blue glasses---that is to say, red on left and blue (actually cyan) on right. Get yourself such a pair and check out the following:

This is me in real 3D

This is me, btw. I imagine that some of you might want to see someone other than me, possibly a person with longer hair and more depth. But me is what you get. Me in real 3D. Read more » 

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Testing an Embedded Video Served by lynda.com

My First Look at the Eazel App, Part of Photoshop Touch
Photoshop Touch First Look | by me, Deke McClelland

Over the course of the last 60 or so Deke's Techniques and Photoshop Top 40 posts, I and my video publisher lynda.com have chosen to aggregate the free videos via YouTube. Read more » 

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Free Movies on Adobe's Photoshop Touch Apps for the iPad

Yesterday, Adobe introduced Creative Suite 5.5. While this means new features for InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash, those of us who spend most of our time in Photoshop and Illustrator can (thankfully) ignore it. That is to say, neither Photoshop nor Illustrator will receive the CS5.5 moniker.

But while that's likely to confuse a lot of users (I've already read about a dozen tweets from folks proclaiming their love for Photoshop CS5.5---which, I stress, does not exist), that doesn't mean Photoshop has received no attention whatsoever. Free to registered users, Photoshop 12.0.4 offers the ability to communicate---entirely wirelessly---with mobile apps. For now, that means apps running on an iPad, like the one you see me using below.

Free video training for Photoshop Touch Read more » 

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