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CreativePro Conference Preview: Deke on Channels and Masks

Hey, my dekeAfficianados and those of you who strive toward Photoshop compositing perfection:

At the upcoming CreativePro Conference (Minneapolis, July 10-13) Deke will be reviving (and expanding) his classic Channels and Masks master class in an all day seminar before the full conference gets underway.

As many of you know a) making good selections and mastering masks is one of the most important skills you can hone for making realistic (but, of course, often fantastical) compositions in Photoshop, and b) Deke is a Titan of Photoshop Selection Mastery.

(I read a description of Deke somewhere online today in which they called him a "Titan" which I loved because a) true and b) it reminds me of this Goya painting, Saturn Devouring his Son, one of Deke's favorites, and c) I may come close to wanting to chew the head off of one or two of Deke's own sons today. Anyway...)

In celebration, I've put together an excerpt from the notebook Deke will be using for this class--giving you a quick, but scientific look at the Color Range command. It's a PDF to members of (sign up here), and you'll find the link on the other side of the jump.

Friends of Deke can also get $100 their CreativePro conference registration by entering the code CPDEKE when they sign up.

Deke will also be teaching two Deke's Techniques sessions, one for Illustrator and one for Photoshop for Designers, and then he and David Blatner have concocted a session involving the word Triumvirate, which is almost as cool a word as Titan.

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Notes from Deke's Illustrator Techniques at Adobe MAX 2015

Hey, MAXers.

Thanks for coming by the Deke's Advanced Illustrator Techniques session at MAX this year (even though technically you haven't done it yet because it's still the night before!). Here is the link to the file with the improved links to Deke's Techniques in the back of your lab notes.

For those of you who didn't come to Adobe MAX this year, or worse, came but didn't come to my specific session, I forgive you. And as long as you're a member of, you're welcome to these notes as well. Heck, for all I know, you don't even have to be a member to make this work. Free notes for all, I say.

Oh, hey, while I'm at it. Let's have free files for all! As soon as we get some happy internet I'll get the updated files here, too.


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Introduce Yourself to the Wonders of InDesign (with Deke's Help)

My fellow dekeQuarians, have you been thinking of adventuring into InDesign, especially now that it's part of your CC subscription anyway? Deke's latest course is designed to give you a thorough introduction to the tools you'll need to create your first page layout project in Adobe InDesign. No experience required. 

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The CanAm dekeSessions, a Video Review

Deke McClelland at Niagara Falls

Greetings from sunny (at least for today) but chilly Buffalo, NY. Deke's here presenting four sessions at the CanAm Photo Expo---the 53rd annual gathering of the Niagara Frontier Regional Camera Club. We're told that things are going to get pretty crazy later tonight down by the toasty warm indoor pool area.

I've ducked in to that pool area twice today when I just couldn't get the Buffalo chill out of my California bones. But Deke won't be by the pool tonight. He's preparing and resting for the (count 'em) four dekeTastic sessions he's presenting tomorrow. I know, lucky Niagaran Frontier Photo Folk get to spend all day with Deke, if they wish. 

Each session is based on a theme that's informed by a curated collection of Deke's Techniques. I thought I'd gather everything here so that the friendly, enthusiastic participants in Deke's audience tomorrow will have an easy place to go for more information, so that those of you not here enjoying the Niagarian icy sunshine can follow along at home, and (mostly) so that Deke doesn't have to memorize multiple complex URLs to share at the end of each session tomorrow. (For those of you not here, it's like a little taste of live Deke without the wind chill factor.)

Click Read More to get a list of links to watch the movies at (Many of these movies are free at, but if you're not a member and you run across an exclusive movie you'd like to watch, you can get a free week's trial membership by going to You'll need to be a member of dekeOnline to jump to the list, but hey, that's always free (sign up here).  Read more » 

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Design Illustrated: Heavy Metal Type from Scratch in Photoshop

Featured in a recent Deke's Techniques episode (CS6+) and a very early Deke's Techniques episode, Deke's striking heavy metal type effect is made completely from scratch using a little Myriad Pro, some Photoshop pattern-making,  a few simple channel acrobatics, and a series of stacked layer styles. Even the hammered metal background is made out of nothing but Photoshop magic (also known as filters and styles).

Yep, believe it or not, despite its hauntingly industrial flavor, this image is (as least as far as Photoshop is concerned) is:

Try it for yourself with these illustrated instructions, designed for Photoshop CS6 and later, but with advice for how to accomplish it in earlier versions: 

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