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Deke's Techniques 428: Auto-Blending Different Depths-of-Field in Photoshop

Blending Different Depths of Field in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Emperor Photoshopus Dekian shows you how to blend two different depths of field, taken from a museum display case at the Roman Baths in the aptly named Bath, England. The result is the in-focus revelation of both the text in the display, and the coins that are the real focus of the exhibit. Tangentially, it will also make clear Deke's love of all things Ancient Rome.

In the video, you'll see how Deke uses Photoshop's ability to stack and blend layers to mix the important information from this placard, that was placed at the back of the display case:

Text in focus

 

With this detail from Phillip and Otacilia's coins that were mounted on wires coming to the front of the glass:

Coins in focus

 

To create this composite, in which all the important details are in focus (and some atmospheric bits still retain their original depth of field:

A blend of two depths of field make all the salient information in focus

Check out the video to see how Emperor Deke fine-tunes the process (and thereby saves you some trial-and-error of your own). And if you'd like to check out other treasures from the museum of Deke's Techniques, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 536: Turning the World Upside-Down in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 536: Turning the World Upside-Down in Photoshop

In this weeks (belated, but) free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to use Photoshop to turn the world upside down. I'm hoping to use this technique myself this week, since tomorrow we leave for Indonesia and my first foray below the equator where I will try to remember which way the ground lies (exacerbated by the fact we will then be spending alot of time under water.) Now I'm really turned around.

But anyway, back to Photoshop. After turning the world upside-down, via a fairly easy Rotation operation in Photoshop, Deke adds to the effect with our fairly acrobatic model jumping from a handstand. Or is he just hanging on to the planet for dear life?

The world turned upside down in Photoshop

And of course, no puzzle in absurdity is complete without an augmented Lens Flare. See how this problematic filter forces even Deke to take a coupla educated guesses to get it right.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive followup movie in which he confirms that our hapless model is indeed trying to hang on to earth for dear life:

Traveling through space courtesy of Photoshop

If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial by heading over to lynda.com/deke and signing up.

Deke's Techniques, turning the world on its head every week! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to animate by tweening layers in Photoshop. Yes, Photoshop.

Lest you think that Deke lives in a world where you just make cool stuff for the fun of it, this cool thing was actually created in the service of an upcoming course that Deke (and our talented friend Hergen Spalink of gotmuck.com) has created on underwater photography.

The goal was to animate what happens inside a digital camera when you use the x-sync feature to capture fish in motion. Like this:

But of course, Deke can't just leave all the artistry underwater. He has to get out of the water and get to Photoshop to illustrate what he just did.

In particular, he uses the Timeline panel in Photoshop to tween between various states of the slats of a camera curtain falling down to expose the sensor and the strobe going off. Smile, fishies!

Rear Sync animation

The calm way Deke approaches making the blades of the camera curtain go down, adding a "flash" of white, and then having all the slats fall back into place, requires some patience I'm not sure I have. But even I have to admit that the final effect is not only cool, but usefully instructive.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to tween new layers across existing frames. If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Deke's Techniques, bringing you (tweened) layers of instruction every week.

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Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke finally finishes the sketched portrait he promised me by taking that line drawing that was absolutely slaved over inside Adobe Photoshop Sketch (starting two weeks ago), bringing it into the actual real Photoshop, and combining it with the actual real photograph here in order to create an awesome portrait if I do say so myself.

Deke describes it thusly:

"Now what I love about this is notice the detail inside the face. Compare that with the relative lack of detail in the line drawing and the great thing about this detail is we don't have to draw it. We can just cheat, oops, I mean combine the two photographs inside Photoshop."

A photo, a sketch traced in Adobe Sketch, and then combined for a portrait.

I, however, see it this way. Take a tired photo of me, draw an attractive but crazy eyed cartoon version from it, then combine the two in order to make a delightfully attractive avatar.

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Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Hey, Gang.

Still phoning it in from vacation this week, only this time not quite so literally. We are at last returned home to beautiful Boulder so my internet is fully restored. But I'm still scraping the sand and sun from the California coast out of all of our luggage. No matter, Deke's still at work on a portrait in Adobe Sketch. Check it out! Read more » 

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