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dekeSpeak April 19, 2011

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Yesterday, I Started Work on Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Scenes

In case I haven't kept you fully apprised, I've been whiling away the past few months working on a series of video courses that explain the massive (if amazingly intricate) 3D capabilities of Photoshop CS5 Extended. And all I have to say is---while the topic is all very challenging and stuff---I'm having something very closely resembling a blast.

The first course, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals, is this very minute available for immediate viewing at my 24/7 video publisher lynda.com. The second, 3D Objects, will be out by this month's end. And the third, 3D Scenes, I began recording as recently as yesterday. Pictured below is the outcome of the first project, in which we create a photorealistic camera---altogether from scratch---using a dozen shape layers, Photoshop CS5's Repoussé, and a ginormous spherical panorama. If you currently regard Photoshop as "powerful," put that notion in a tiny vial marked Shrink Me and get ready for something much, much larger.

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

Click the image for a larger preview. (It's a bit noisy. Although extraordinarily powerful, Photoshop is not the world's fastest rendering engine. Thankfully, you can interrupt a render anytime you like. But noise, as shown here, is the repercussion.) Again, it's 100% Photoshop. Did you know the program could do such things? Back in 2010, me neither. Stay tuned for more. Read more » 

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Eight Days in Orlando

Well, kids, I recently returned from an extended trip to Orlando. And it was every bit as magical (you pick your variety) as you would imagine. I mixed it my two sons, my ex (mother of my sons), and the Photoshop World conference, not to mention the heat, humidity, and monsoon-style rain that is the central Florida. We loved it, we hated it. We celebrated, we cursed. Here's a snapshot from one of the sunny days, featuring my wicked-smart highly social eldest son, Max, on the right, and my wicked-tough circumspect youngest son, Sam, on the left. Two more different boys you could not meet. And yet, they both chose to adorn themselves in goofy sunglasses and ball caps. Gosh, I love them.

Sam and Max in Magic Kingdom

In reflecting on the eight days of pure Disneyness, I'm not sure I have much of a story to tell. Not one that hasn't been told before, anyway. There were huge crowds, long lines, and short rides. We spent a lot of energy grabbing food, drink, and "fast pass" tickets. And whenever I spoke with a Disney "cast member," each and every hireling ended our discussion with that excellent catchphrase, "Have a magical day!" Which, despite the amazing sincerity with which the words were delivered, did nothing to heighten the #magic of the crowds, lines, and short rides.

Do I sound Grumpy? Perish the thought! We had an exemplary time. Read more » 

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Oops and Cheers!

So for some reason, as long as he and I have been friends, I've decided that Deke's birthday is March 28th, which it isn't. Unfortunately, it's two days earlier, which means it always looks like I forgot. Someone please remind me next year on March 24th. 

Meanwhile, I'll mix up a batch of belated birthday martinis for my understanding, good-looking, super-talented, and not-all-that-old, best friend Deke!

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Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D Preview: Making Saturn from Scratch

As those of you who follow this site know, I'm working on a four-part series of videos for lynda.com on the topic of making 3D art in Photoshop CS5 Extended. My first course, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals is due to go live next Tuesday, March 29. (Update: It's live now!) And I just finished recording Part 2 of the series, 3D Objects, today. Below you see the final project from my latest work, Chapter 12: "Advanced Repoussé," created, dressed, and rendered entirely in Photoshop. (The text is not part of the project. It's just hype for the course.)

Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One 3D

On a completely unrelated note, NAPP president Scott Kelby recently invited me to contribute to his Guest Blog Wednesday. Naturally, I said yes. And it comes out today!

But here's where these stories meet up: My guest post for Scott is all about 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended. It's inspired by the first chapter of my 3D Fundamentals course. And it was produced by lynda.com. Seriously, it's like some kind of giant gas planet converged . . . with itself. And that planet is Saturn. Read more » 

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