Channels & Masks Ancient Doorway File

(Well, if you're going to refer to me as the "Incomperable Colleen" I'm certainly going to try....)

If you've made it to Lesson 7 in Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One and are finding that the practice file Ancient doorway.psd is behaving badly, it's because the file is truncated, i.e., corrupt. (No idea how it happened, just that it did happen.)

But no fear. I've attached the full file in all its splendor. Just right-click on this link here or the image below and choose Save or Download. Unzip the 18.8MB download and it'll grow into a 26.2MB PSD doc. Copy it over the bad file included with the book and you'll be good to go.

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Bootleg Video: Why Is This Poncho-Clad Man Brandishing a Guitar on the Beach?

(An @akacolleen production in conjunction with and with encouragement to misbehave by @fake_deke studios.)

While Deke's off the grid, I thought I'd post this bootleg footage I shot on the set of his new music video, "The Droplet Song." Watch as Deke frolics with his guitar and his poncho in the surf. Strain your ears to catch snippets of the new tune above the howling winds at Ocean Beach. (I was actually holding the boom box with the audio playback in my other hand.) Watch as the director (Jonathan, running with the slate) and I suddenly realize to our horror that Deke's twirling antics are going to catch us in the frame. All that mirth in about 0:39 seconds of undeniably bootleg-quality video. Happy Friday, dekeHeads! Hope you enjoy it enough to protect me when the real Deke returns. Read more » 

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Channels & Masks Video Lesson 7: "Introducing Layer Masks"

Well, after an exhausting week of filming the next dekePod video and launching our new audio podcast, it finally occurred to me that I owe you good dekeFolk a new video from Photoshop CS4 Channels and Masks One-on-One. It didn't hurt that Deke called to say, "Hey, I thought you were going to post another video."

In this episode, this tempting creature introduces you to layer masks and actually demos how one can use the new (CS4) Masks palette. Although y'all know by now Deke's feelings -- that the Masks palette is not essential to the task of creating and editing layer masks -- it can nevertheless be quite helpful in this situation, permitting you to apply powerful selection functions, such as Color Range and Refine Edge, to layer masks as well as make temporary modifications. And the Masks palette happens to be exclusively applicable to layer masks, so that makes it a win-win for everybody. Read more » 

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Martini Hour 001, In Which Colleen Spills Her Drink

Today at dekeOnline we prove that a tech podcast can be warm, friendly, and inviting. Welcome to the first episode of our semi-regular, very-possibly-close-to-weekly, audio-only podcast, Martini Hour. Here's an insanely large graphic to honor the occasion.

Martini Hour logo

Think of it as a mid-season replacement for dekePod, only completely different -- by which I mean unscripted, conversational, altogether relaxed, video-free, and with three olives. The video portion occurs only in your mind as you listen to me and Colleen sip cocktails in the dekeLounge and discuss the digital imaging issues of the day. Read more » 

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This Week in Review

Hello, gentle people. A few developments in the works.

First, I recorded about 105 movies last week for These will be part of my Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced series, which is Part 2 of that epic tome. Here's a sharpening example captured by fellow presenter (and good bud) Chris Orwig, which I call Breakfast explains itself.jpg. Just so's you know the wonders of imaging goodness that await you.

Second, if you're in a mood for my mutterings, you can subscribe to my twitter tweeterings. I regard my late entry into this particular -- uh, what is it again? -- as a little sad, frankly. But every human on the planet was podcasting before me, so what the hell? Read more » 

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