"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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Martini Hour 008, In Which Deke Notes that It Doesn't Feel Like an Hour

We've returned to our groovy tech-talk chill this week after the ruckus that was caused by inviting Russell Brown last week. And as promised, a winner from our martini hour visualization exercise will find his or her work featured as the lead graphic for this week's show. We'll start with Steve Newton because he paid the "I live across the Atlantic" tax and didn't get all the kitchy tradeshow castoffs that I sent to Gale solely because she lives in Canada.

Is anyone but me wondering if this picture is listing slightly? Meanwhile, here's the skinny on this week's installment of the world-famous Martini Hour. Read more » 

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Martini Mashup Contest Winner Mania!

Citizens of dekeOpolis, the results are in, the winner of the Martini Mashup Grand Prize is...well, we have a tie. Deke and I managed to narrow down our faves to two: Gale Franey's "Something's Fishy" and Steve Newton's "Bar Folies Créateur." Try as we might, we couldn't make the call between Gale's modern fantasy, replete with impeccable bubbles, and Steve's clever simultaneous homage to both Manet and my grad-school stint as bar mistress (not to metion his amazingly accurate imagining of the back of my head). Both will recieve a One-on-One book of their choice from O'Reilly and a free month of training from

We only had one set of "other" prizes in the grand prize goodie bag, so we declare Gale the winner of the tie-breaker by virtue of her being on the same continent as we are. We love our Wide World of Deke (represented recently with the birthday wishes you sweet folk sent to Deke in a gazillion different languages), but frankly, times are tough and shipping is cheaper to Canada! Here are all the prizes laid out on a chair in my living room, ready for their trip to the great white north. The list now includes a sock-like Adobe cover for your small electronic of choice and my burlap Adobe sac from SXSW to hold everything!

And a big thanks, and prize, to everyone who decided to play along. In fact, everyone who entered will recieve a serial number for a free week subscription to! Read more » 

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Colleen-o-Vision Tribute to Birthday Deke

If I could, I'd give you this 24K gold martini necklace in real life. You're the king of this hill, and we adore you of our own free will not just because you decree it to be so. Happy Birthday, Deke! (You really are the tops.) Read more » 

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