Overexposure in the World of dekePod

Here is a picture I shot of Deke on the "set" of dekePod Pilot #2, "101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes," before I realized my exposure compensation was, um, not set to 0.   We filmed in various dumpy industrial areas in the otherwise picturesque township of San Francisco. I captured this image April 28; it will have been more than two months before the podcast sees the light of day. (Art takes time.) It was pretty warm that day, but not this hot. Then again, this might explain why Deke ended up getting a sunburn. (Either that or he doesn't get out enough.)

Yeah, this is my way of saying sometimes screwing up your camera's exposure compensation has cool effects, like turning your friend-author-colleague into a post apocalyptic cartoon character. Read more » 

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Kuler Now Cooler with Ability to Choose Colors from Photo

Deke didn't believe me the other day when I mentioned that Adobe's Flash-o-rific color-selecting gizmo, Kuler, could create a color palette based on a photograph. (Of course, now, he claims not to remember the conversation at all. It's his grueling schedule, not the Bombay Sapphire, I'm sure.)

But it's true, Deke. And relatively easy. Start at the Kuler page of Adobe Labs. Click Create at the top left, then choose Create from Photo. You can upload an image from your hard drive or from your Flickr account. Kuler has five "Moods" available for the creation of its trademark five-color theme: Colorful, Bright, Muted, Deep and Dark. Colorful seems to be the default, and you can create a Custom collection by moving any one or all of the five targets that Kuler picks to other spots on your image. Read more » 

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My Videos Reach an Even Ten!

Hey gang, I write to you because, as of today, I have created precisely ten video series for the excellent folks at (Well, actually, it's eleven. But that's because one, my 18-movie series on Photoshop CS3 Public Beta back in December of 2007, never made it to DVD. But who's counting? Of that's right: me.) Traditionally, a tenth anniversary is rewarded with either tin or aluminum, so I guess I'm in store for some siding! Finally, my mobile home is complete!

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Podcast on "Handy Bridge" at The Digital Story

Derrick Story over at The Digital Story has a fun podcast on handy ways you might not be using Bridge. Here's the description from Derrick's show notes:

Adobe Bridge may be on your hard drive right now. And it's likely that you're not tapping its tremendous power. Bridge has the ability to help you quickly sort through a batch of pictures, review their metadata, add metadata, tap into ACR for image corrections, and more. This isn't necessarily a replacement for your current workflow, but a terrific tool for finding and turning around pictures in a hurry. Then, when you have time, you can go back and bring them into your normal system.

You can download (and subscribe) to Derrick's weekly podcasts on iTunes, or click here to go to his entire list. The Bridge show is number 130, but the other 129 (and counting) are great, too.

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Personalize (and Sanitize) Your InDesign Placeholder Text

You may know that InDesign has a handy feature wherein you can fill a text box with quasi-random, Faux Latin text if you don't have actual copy available. Simply click on any text frame, choose Type > Fill with Placeholder Text and, voila, your previously empty box fills with some kind of Latin-looking text that nicely shows your design as you intended it.

Or does it? What do we really know about that text? Why is "greeked" text apparently in Latin? And what are you really saying, entirely unbeknownst to yourself? Ignore me if you're a designer by day and Latin scholar by night, but the rest of on to take control of your own placeholder text. Read more » 

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