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Two News Items Worth Imparting: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced and dekePod Episode 012

Hello Dear Friends,

Thanks for the Martini Hour love. CW and I's audio-only podcast is doing much better than expected here at the site and on iTunes. I thought people were going to flame us and say things like, "Why are you degenerates drinking on a tech podcast?" or "C'mon, get with the times: do crack!" But no, everyone's all nice and so thanks for that.

But that's not one of the two news items. Here are the news:

First, I finished filming my video "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced," the second installment in my cradle-to-grave series for lynda.com. Spanning 10 chapters and 213 movies, it might be the longest, most comprehensive piece I've created so far. Plus, it offers the usual "Corrections to the High Renaissance Masters," including a fews movies in which I turn Raphael's porcine and dour Maddalena (left) into a poised and powerful gal-about-the-village (not left). Also helpful, my rendition includes something resembling a below-the-neck skeletal structure. (Raphael, a gifted artist who obviously hated this woman with everything in him, rendered Maddalena's body as belonging to a fleshy and formless Weeble.)

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Martini Hour 004, In Which Deke Admits He Sounds Like an Old Fart

In this episode of Martini Hour, we were just too darn focused on the content to even mention our beverage of choice. Perhaps it was something emerald, as indicated below. Like maybe something The Wizard himself might have consumed upon a lazy, languid, luxuriant evening in Oz. Regardless, this episode is full of important information, so please listen. And, as always, drink whatever you like.

Here's what's going on in the dekeLounge this week: Read more » 

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Martini Hour Visualization Contest Details

Hey, dekeOtonians. It's clear to those of you who recieve the newsletter that I should not be in charge of launching contests in the wee hours. Although I had all the creative details in place, I failed to, um, actually spell out the specifics like exactly how and when you should send your Martini Hour visualizations. So, I'm going to take a moment to outline the details (as well as replay my fabulous artist rendition known as "The Lollypop Heads" for your inspirational enjoyment):

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Martini Hour 003, In Which Colleen Exposes the Secret Brotherhood

It's time once again to pour yourself a refreshing cocktail--or in the case of this week's episode, perk up with a restorative cuppa Joe--and join me and Deke for Martini Hour. It's our personal opinion that this is the episode in which we really hit our stride. Or maybe that's just the caffiene talking.

Oh my goodness, can't you just smell the French roast? (Deke says feel free to add some Baileys.) Read more » 

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Channels & Masks Video Lesson 8: "Found Masks"

In Lesson 8 from Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One, Deke proves that not all masks require arduous, meticulous hand work and complicated sets of steps. (I know, I can't believe this is our same Deke, either.) Here, Deke gives your brain (and fingers) a bit of a rest by showing you how to use "found" channel information to create masks with very little effort. Read more » 

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