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Deke’s Techniques 009: Building a Synthetic Starfield (from Scratch!)

Deke’s Techniques 009: Building a Synthetic Starfield

This week, I and my beloved video publisher lynda.com have a special treat for you: I show you how to create a galaxy of stars, solar flare, and space gas from nothing more than a layer of black pixels. And you can customize it for print, for the web, whatever you want. In just 9 minutes and 1 extra-quick second, you can Big Bang in Photoshop. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

This week I take a photo of an everyday average woman screaming her brains out and double-map her onto a photograph of shattered glass (both from the Fotolia image library). Is she singing so loudly she breaks a mirror? Or is she a photo stuck behind the glass, shouting to get out? I ask those questions twice more inside the video, so please enjoy my repetition. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 007: Blending Textures onto a Face

Deke’s Techniques 007: Blending Textures onto a Face

Today's technique is all about mapping a couple of textures onto a portrait photograph. The textures in question happen to be a bit of alabaster and a travertine tile (the images hail from the Fotolia image library), but they could be anything. And it's all accomplished using Photoshop's advanced blending options. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 006: Smoothing Skin Texture with an Anti-Edge Mask

Deke’s Techniques 006: Smoothing with an Anti-Edge Mask

This week's movie says goodbye to the text effects and hello to photography techniques. Specifically, I show you a quick method for smoothing over skin details in a portrait shot. I start by inverting a layer of High Pass to "unsharpen" the image. (Credit Katrin Eismann for suggesting this trick to me in Martini Hour 059, "In Which We Attempt 20 Photoshop Tips in One Martini Hour.") For my tastes, that results in too much smoothing. So I set the High Pass layer inside an anti-edge mask of my own design. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 005: Creating a Molten Letter Effect

Deke’s Techniques 005: Creating a Molten Letter Effect

Dreadfully sorry getting this post up late today. I usually get them up the night before, but an unexpected thing happened. Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin (principals of lynda.com) invited Colleen Wheeler, David Gassner, and me to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, for which lynda.com is the primary sponsor. We walked down a red carpet (during which the people on the edges gave us conspicuous glances of who the hell are you?), enjoyed Chopin cocktails in a private club, and sat in the same row as Colin Firth. For the sake of comparison, my typical evening in California involves recording videos in a soundproof cube. So as you might imagine, I got somewhat discombobulated and forgot to write this post. Read more » 

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