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Channels & Masks Lesson 10: Using Calculations in Photoshop

It's Friday, but seriously, deeple, get your entertainment and education at the same time as you enjoy this video which I pilfered for your enjoyment from the companion DVD of Deke's Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One book.

In this lesson, Deke introduces you to the Calculations command which can be a little tricky, but oh-so-very useful and important to understand. As Deke notes:

Now I won’t sugarcoat it, Calculations is not easy—in fact, it might be Photoshop’s single most difficult feature to master. But it is the command that’s going to increase the quality of your masks.

When you're done, you can return to your less edifying Friday festivities. Happy Weekending, Deeps. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 011, In Which Colleen Lures Back John and Russell—with Olives!

Roundtable madness. A bridge too far. Dogs and cats living together....

For those of you who enjoyed our previous guests Russell Brown (Episode 007) and John Nack (Episode 009), independently and on their own, I've invited total chaos into the lounge by inviting them both at once. And to discuss, of all things, Adobe Bridge—or "the Bridge" as Deke insists on calling it. But once we settle the ever-controversial definite article question, we jump right in and talk about how darn nifty this oft-ignored application is. It spans the applications, like this:

(This "the bridge" artwork might give you a sense for the general whereabouts of the top-secret dekeLounge. Hint: It's not St. Louis.) Read more » 

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Finally, I'm in Boulder for a Big Snow

If you're familiar with Colorado, you probably know it for its world-class skiing. Aspen, Vail, Telluride (or if you're a local, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, and the struggling parent's favorite, Eldora). Which naturally leads people to think of Colorado as two things: mountains and snow.

Truth be told, nearly a third of the state is mountainous and the mountains have snow. (Which is good news for the rest of the country, because otherwise you wouldn't have potable water, babies!)  But the areas where the actual day-to-day people live--Denver, Colorado Springs, all the way northwest to my home town, Boulder--most commonly experience little more than occasional dustings. What we get is sun, 300+ days a year of brilliantly clear skies that make Waikiki look positively gloomy by comparison. As evidence, I submit this image that I shot a few feet beyond my backyard just a few days ago.

So when you hear tales of Colorado's highways and airports shutting down on account of snow, you're witnessing a rare occurrence: a deluge of snow hitting the Front Range. So rare that out of the handful of big Front Range snowstorms since the year 2000, I (a full-time resident of my beloved state) have experienced exactly zero of them. For whatever reason, I've always been on the road.

Today was the first exception. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 010, In Which Deke Apocalyptically Imagines a World of Layers inside Channels

This week in the dekeLounge, we return to the relative calm of just me and my good friend, Deke, sipping classic martinis, having temporarily sent the guests of previous shows home, properly blindfolded with memories wiped, to their families only slightly the worse for the wear. Don't worry, we'll send the tinted window Range Rover out to "fetch" them again soon, but for now it's just me and the guru.

So it's fitting that this week's graphic (brought to you by one of our talented contest winners, Gale Franey) features just me and Deke floating in martini-scented bubbles. Here's what we've got in store this week. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 009, In Which Colleen Breaks the Gin Protocol for Adobe's John Nack

We had so much fun with our first guest (Russell Brown) back in Episode 007, we had Russell kidnap another Adobe notable this week and bring him to the secret lounge bunker. This week we're drinking sidecars which, despite their lack of gin, are at least served in a conical martini glass, because they are a favorite of Principal Product Manager for Photoshop and Bridge, John Nack.

Here's what were chatting about with our esteemed guest this week: Read more » 

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