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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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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