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Deke's Techniques 410: Assigning Spot Colors to a Logo

Assigning Spot Colors to a Logo in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke turns the logo he created in his latest full-length course---Creating and Adapting a Logo---into a three-color job by assigning spot colors in Photoshop.

While the RGB version may look great in backlit settings (like the web), for print, there's nothing like assigning specific ink recipes to get consistent reproduction of your logo.

Converting a logo to spot colors

If you're a member of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive follow-up movie in which he creates some interaction between those same three colors to create a more colorful and textured effect.

If you're not a member, and you'd like to check out the exclusive movie as well as the entire Creating and Adapting a Logo course (not to mention the entire lynda.com library), you can sign up for a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Blast off, my dekeStronauts. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 408: Developing an Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke takes a single frame from an underwater video shot with a GoPro Hero 4 and develops it into an awesome portrait of a French angelfish.

The heavy lifting for this transformation is done with Camera Raw's white balance and color enhancing features, along with a bit of Noise Reduction along the way. These useful aspects of Camera Raw are more convenient than ever to use, given you can now apply them as a smart filter from directly inside Photoshop.

Angelfish image before and after

If you're a member of lynda.com, you can see how Deke made the finishing touches on this image in this week's exclusive movie. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at lynda.com/deke.

And if your appetite for underwater Photoshoppery has been whetted (or wetted, perhaps), use your lynda.com membership (or 10-day trial) to check out Deke's new course, Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop. Blub, blub my angelic dekeFishies.

Enhancing Underwater Photoshop with Photoshop

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Deke's Techniques 406: Recreate Real-World Paper Texture in Photoshop

Recreate Real-World Paper Texture in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke reveals how he recreated the background paper for the forged Inverted Jenny stamp he's been working on in previous episodes. The process begins with an unassuming field of gray, to which Deke then applies a cocktail of smart filters. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 404: Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

Forge a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke uses Photoshop to turn a scan of the first Airmail stamp (valued at roughly $160) into an almost-million-dollar "inverted jenny." Along the way, there's a great deal to learn about intricate masking of fine detail (which is good, because knowing more about forging stamps is a questionable bit of skills development).

Before and after

Before I get into detail about this technique, however, I have to show you the joy that arises when a Photoshop genius lets his inner philatelist-nerd out to play. Just look at the unapologetic grin on Deke's face and the sparkle of delight in his eye:

Happy Photoshop-Philatelist Nerd Deke

Anyway, this actually useful technique involves masking the blue-inked airplane away from the red frame, and then, of course, turning it upside-down. But the real subtlety and ingenuity comes when Deke stacks layers made from a series of increasingly fine alpha channels, shown here in the Channels panel:

Series of increasingly detailed alpha channels

Deke then uses those alpha channels to imitate ink passes, thus allowing for the build-up of detail with each virtual "ink pass."

Simulated ink passes in Photoshop

If you're a member of lynda.com, then you can watch the follow-up movie in which Deke shows you how to isolate the red-ink frame around the airplane and the perforations of the stamp. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at lynda.com/deke. And the sky's the limit on other Deke's Techniques (and other training videos in the lynda.com library) that you can watch with your trial subscription. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 401: Styling Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke finally wraps up the MDNA-inspired photo that we've been working on for the past two weeks, by showing you how to create the vertically striped text at the bottom.

There are also two exclusive movies at lynda.com this week. The first shows you how to reshape the letterforms to match the intervals of the pattern you apply. The second shows you how to swap one photographic image in this project for another. If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get 10 free days to check it out by going to lynda,com/deke.

Why so short and sweet this week, Colleen? Well, Deke and I have hauled all our progeny to Cayman Brac for a scuba-diving spring break this week. And both my surface time and bandwidth are limited. But in celebration of Deke's new course and to prove to you dekeOphiles that he never stops working, even underwater, here are some photos of Deke with his nose (and GoPro) to the grindstone.

In the second photo, there is virtually no info in the red channel, so when I get off the island, maybe I'll revisit these images with a little bit of Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop with Deke McClelland. Blub, blub! Read more » 

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