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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"Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery" Is Complete (At Least, in Terms of Filming)

After roughly 540 movies, "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One" draws to an end.

And by "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One," I mean my three-part, 50-hour-plus (no joke!) video series for the bleeding-edge, on-demand training library

Of those, only 180 or so movies are up right now. Which leaves another 360 movies to go. In other words, 1/3 are up, 2/3 remain.

The series includes three parts: Fundamentals (up now), Advanced (coming in the next week or so), and Mastery (due out by end of April).

In the name of getting you psyched, I offer this visual pastiche from the final installment, "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery." Read more » 

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Channels & Masks Video Lesson 9: "Five Ways to Gray"

I bet you thought I forgot about my promise to post all the videos from Deke's Photoshop Channels and Masks One-on-One, but I was really just distracted by all the dekepods, martini hours, and contest fabulousness around here.

Anyhoo, returning today with an episode from Lesson 9 in which Deke explains how Photoshop gives you a total of five ways to mix a grayscale image from an RGB (or otherwise colored) photograph. Three are automated but limited. The other two take a little more work, but they’re customizable and nondestructive. The automated methods involve choosing the grayscale command when viewing one or more channels; the nondestructive, and thus preferable, methods involve Channel Mixer and Black & White adjustment layers. If this whets your appetite, be sure to check out the book for more Channel Mixing goodness.  Read more » 

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