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I Present You with Saturn as Rendered in Photoshop CS5 Extended

Did you ever have one of those nights where you had a major project due the next day and you spent all night dreaming about it? A very long time ago, I was working for UPS during the Christmas season, and my girlfriend (at the time) told me I actually started moving boxes in my sleep. Well, I had one of those all-night dreams recently. But it was about Saturn.

Saturn as rendered in Photoshop CS5 Extended

That's not a NASA shot captured by a Voyager space probe, btw. That's 100% Photoshop. And yet it's largely scientifically accurate, based on data from that very probe. Read more » 

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The Anwer to Yesterday's Puzzler

...is illustrated in the spine-tingling detail below:

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OK, So Gosh, Here's a Puzzler

I had an interesting thing happen to me:

As I mentioned in a recent post, I'm currently at a hotel in Ventura, CA, working on a video course for lynda.com. After a productive day of recording, I returned to my place---the Holiday Inn Express along Ventura Harbor (it really is quite nice). So there I am in the best room in the joint, 363, on the third floor with a wrap-around balcony. And I visit the balcony to take in the view. It's raining, so I close the sliding glass door.

When I go to open it again, it's locked. Totally hard-locked. How I locked it, I don't know. I'm slightly panicked, so I peak around the wall to my neighbor's balcony: It's dark. I have no cell phone. There is no one below. Did I mention I'm on the third floor? I have no rope to descend. In fact, I have nothing. Did I mention it's raining? Did I mention (no I didn't, yes I did, I'm confused) it's dark?

There is one and only one escape route. On the far side of the balcony, connected to the outside hallway and stairwell, is the following imposing barrier. It is designed to keep the riffraff off my balcony. Only, I'm the one who wants off my balcony. And I'm very worried that I'm going to have to wait on this balcony until the housekeeping staff finds me in the morning.

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I Begin Work on the First of My Four Courses on the Wealth of 3D Features in Photoshop CS5 Extended

A quick note to let those of you who may be interested know: I just now arrived in Ventura, CA, at the recording studios of my esteemed video publisher lynda.com. Tomorrow I begin work on what promises to be a four-part comprehensive and (more importantly) comprehensible series on 3D in Photoshop, beginning with Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals.

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

This particular graphic happens to hail from an upcoming Deke's Techniques movie, created in Photoshop CS5 Extended with a little help from Illustrator (as you'll learn in May when that movie goes live). But, hey, it'll do in a pinch.

If you have any 3D trials or tribulations that are troubling you, I invite you to comment here. I'll be working on the various pieces of this series for the next few months, so suggestions are welcome. Read more » 

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The Newsletter of Things Deke: February 08, 2011

Hi all,

This week we bid a fond farewell to one of the weekly staples of dekeOnline for the past two years, Martini Hour. But don't despair. There's still plenty of stuff going on, including more Deke's Techniques, a new video course, and an in-depth tip from yours truly. Read more » 

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