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 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.

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Deke's Techniques 610: DekeKeys, Custom Shortcuts for Photoshop CC 2017

Deke's Techniques 610: DekeKeys, Custom Shortcuts for Photoshop CC 2017

Hey, dekeFaithful. Thanks for your patience. I'm here at last with this week's free Deke's Techniques episode in which Deke shares his dekeKeys customized shortcuts for Photoshop CC 2017 and shows you how to install them in the latest incarnation of Photoshop.

And to reward your dedication during our two-day delay, I'm not only sharing the video here, but the files as well: the shortcut file itself and the PDF that show you all the shortcuts in one streamlined, organized, yet nonetheless 17-page document:

All the shortcuts, dekeKeys and otherwise, are listed in this document

You can download it here (with .kys files and PDF reference lists for both Mac and PC included within).

I now there are some people for whom shortcuts are not currently interesting (i.e. "I'm trying to just learn the dern thing without needing a bunch of extra info, Deke!) But for those of you who love a good keystroke-based bit of efficiency these are tried-and-true dekeTested commands that frankly, in our mind, should have had shortcuts in the first place or needed better shortcuts than Adobe thought up.

And if you can't find a shortcut that you need, and you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to create your own shortcut and reestablish the default shortcuts Adobe wants you to have.

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Deke's Techniques 609: Bring Back Refine Mask in Photoshop CC

Deke's Techniques 609: Bring Back  Refine Mask in Photoshop CC

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke revisits an old edge-masking project and compares how it would now work in Photoshop CC with the newish Select-and-Mask feature compared to how worked in the old days with the Refine Edge feature. Then he celebrates that the latter is "better" (to his eyes, for this particular project) by taking advantage of the fact that you can still get to good old Refine Edge if you know the secret handshake (provided in our case by rising Photoshop star Jesus Ramirez).

To refresh your memory, the original project, featured in Deke's Techniques Episode 113 involved taking some plain ordinary text...

Some basic text about to grow into leafy letters

...and using it as a mask to let some foliage grow into the letter spaces, topiary style.

Some leaves about to become text thanks to a Photoshop mask

Of course the initial mask needs some refinement to sell the effect of the leaves actually coming out of the wood fence:

The first mask could use some subtlety

These days in Photoshop CC, you'd probably evoke that "replacement" for the old Refine Mask command, the Select-and-Mask Taskspace (are they still calling it that?) It takes over your entire screen and yields different results than before (although it steals Refine Edge's keyboard shortcut). 

Here are the results using Select and Mask with the same settings Deke once plugged into Refine Mask:

Select and Mask not quite yeilding the same results as before

And here is what the old Refine Mask feature once accomplished:

Refine edge results are more refined

And if you, like Deke, think you like the old way better for your particular project, well you're in luck. Because Adobe didn't really do away with Refine Edge/Mask so much as hide it behind an inscrutable shortcut-menu combination: If you hold down the Shift key while going through the menu steps to evoke Select and Mask (Select > Select and Mask), up pops this familiar friend:

The Refine Mask dialog box still secretly available in Photoshop CC

So if Select and Mask just isn't doing the trick, check out this old friend and see if that doesn't just work a little better:

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Deke's Techniques 607: Creating Crinkled Paper with Clouds in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 607: Creating Crinkled Paper with Clouds in Photoshop

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke uses Photoshop filters, namely Difference Clouds and Emboss, to create a faux paper olde-tyme effect that goes behind a brochure my grandfather drew some fifty years ago.

This is one of those lovely "something from nothing" techniques in which, if you need an old crinkly piece of paper, you can just call up Photoshop and whip up a sheet for yourself.

A crinkly background created in Photoshop

And if you're a a member of, you can check out this week's exclusive movie in which Deke shows you how to make...even crinklier paper!

Crinkly paper created in Photoshop

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