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Deke's Techniques 618: Healing with a Pattern in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 618: Healing with a Pattern in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to put that repeating pattern background from last week into actual use---in the service of muting a busy backdrop that detracts from the image's model. And this technique allows you to do the whole thing without a smidgeon of masking.

He starts with this image from our friends at Dreamstime.com, with a lovely model who's got enough cool detail happening that she doesn't need a totally distracting yet not nearly as interesting forest scene behind her:

A lovely model with a distracting background from Dreamstime.com

He then adds a green version of the Clouds pattern that he's been showing you how to make in the previous few episodes:

Green repeating clouds pattern created in Photohsop

And eventually, with some relatively painless (compared to masking) painting, a shift of the Opacity slider, and a tweak to the Blend Mode, he arrives at this far less distracting backdrop:

A muted background created with the Clouds filter in Photoshop

With nary a masking task in sight.

Deke's Techniques, making sure you shine without some forest interfering with your awesomeness.
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Deke's Techniques 616: Seamless Patterns with the Clouds Filter in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create a seamlessly repeating pattern of clouds, using the....Clouds filter that's been around Photoshop since the invention of the sky.

As many of you know, the Clouds filter creates random fractal noise that looks like, well, clouds. It can be useful for a variety of effects as we've seen over the years of Deke's Techniques. (Just a few weeks ago, we used it to make a crinkly paper effect.) But what if you want your seemingly random clouds to repeat in a decidedly un-random pattern?

Well, using some math, the background and foreground colors of your choice, and Photoshop's Define Pattern command, you can go from this:

Clouds with a gradient map to make the tile for a repeating pattern

to this:

A seamlessly repeating pattern created from the Clouds filter in Photoshop

Along the way, you'll see how to use the Gradient Map feature to apply color to your clouds based on Luminance values. (This allows you to change the gradient color to change the pattern. This, in turn, allows you to change the mind-stinging Deke colors to something you'd rather look at for more than a split-second.)

And if you want to see some variations, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week for members of Lynda.com in which he shows you how to do this moonscape pattern:

Moonscape from Photoshop Clouds

and this hot lava pattern:

Lava pattern from Photoshop's Clouds filter

All with your newly discovered cloud pattern skills.

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Deke's Techniques 615: Exporting a Multipage PDF from Photoshop CC

Deke's Techniques 615: Exporting a Multipage PDF from Photoshop CC

Hey, gang. This is Deke McClelland, writing his own blog post for a change. Seems like the kind of thing I should do every once in a while. Now that I've wrastled back temporary control over my own website, I have a few things to report before I get to this week's free Deke's Techniques episode. (Note: Because I'm actually Deke, I can do what I want before I do what I'm supposed to do.)

First, Deke's Techniques, the very series you're about to enjoy, has now clocked in more than 2 million paid views. Which, given the way things work, translates to something like ten times that many free views. Modest by YouTube standards, sure, but it’s a record for a weekly series hosted by a subscription-based training site. That's a thing! My heartfelt thanks to each and every single viewer.

Second, Deke's Techniques finally has an official course thumbnail at Lynda.com. Photo by Lucas Deming, design by Randall Loui, physical presence and goofy smile by me. Easter egg? I'm not right-handed.

Deke's Techniques thumnail

Third, this week's installment hows you how to export a resolution-independent, multipage PDF file from the most recent version of Photoshop CC. Why would you want to do such a thing? Cuz you're a Photoshop kook.

Or because you want to share the world's most exhaustive list of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. You know, the one I've been celebrating for weeks. This movie describes how I actually got it out of Photoshop and into the world. An origin story for my wonder document. And now you can create the same.

And fourth, just for fun as fourth-level non-sequiturs should be, here's a picture of my son Max riding Segway's motorized unicycle, the Ninebot One S1.

Max on the wheel

See that line of trees atop the green hills above Max's head? It's 400 feet up and a mile away. After one day of practice, Max rode the S1 all the way up there. (Don't worry; we wore a helmet.) As for his getup, the boy scored a Summer job in a Walmart electronics dept. The Geek is strong with this one.

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Deke's Techniques 613: Creating a Multipage Document in Photoshop CC

Deke's Techniques 613: Creating a Multipage Document in Photoshop CC

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to make a multi-page document in Photoshop (CC 2015 or later) using artboards.

If the example looks familiar, it's the source file for that keyboard shortcut catalog PDF that we a gave away last week.

Creating multiple pages in Photoshop by using the Artboards feature

In the video, you'll see how to:

  • Create a new document with an artboard or create artboards from an existing document.
  • Why you want to use vector based objects or editable type when you create very large artboard-rich documents.
  • How to make sure your artboards are created at the correct canvas dimensions.
  • Why you want to get rid of that solid color layer that creating artboards generates.
  • How to set the artboard background color.
  • How to add new artboards and obtain the Artboard tool.

And if that doesn't satisfy your artboard curiosity, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week for members of Lynda.com in which he shares more of his tips and tricks for working with Photoshop CC artboards.

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Deke's Techniques 612: Every Single Shortcut in Photoshop CC

Deke lists and reveiws every single shortcut in Photoshop CC

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes you on a tour of every single keyboard shortcut inside Photoshop CC. This tour is relevant if you installed the custom dekeKeys shortcuts that Deke shared last week or are working with Photoshop's defaults, if you're on a Mac or a PC. It's an around the world shortcut tour with Cap'n Deke in the vehicle of your choice.

Now, this movie is long enough already, so obviously Deke doesn't go through every single shortcut during the actual episode. But he does supply a collection of four 15-17 page PDFs that lists all of the options. In the movie, he'll share some of the highlights and explains how the list works. The list includes:
 

  • dekeKeys (listed in red) if you installed them last week
  • default keys (if you ignored dekeKeys last week)
  • unassigned key combinations (so you know where to store any youKeys you customize yourself)
  • shortcuts that you can't reassign (cause some power that be thinks you shouldn't)
  • key combinations you don't want to mess with or press ever (because you don't want to suddenly shut down the application)
  • those shortcuts that only work when you're in text

Download this zip file and find the version you need (dekeKeys/default, Mac/PC). Inside, all the shortcuts are listed in alphabetical order, then numeric, then punctuation and in order of modifier key complexity.

Deke's Techniques, providing all the shortcuts to your Photoshop life. Read more » 

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