I Am Finally Updating My “Photoshop Channels and Masks” Course for CC

I am excited to announce that I have just finished recording the latest installment of what I believe we will be calling Photoshop CC Channels and Masks, an in-depth video course for the site historically known as Lynda.com, but nowadays more popularly known (in some circles, anyway) as LinkedIn Learning (LiL).*

(*I just know someone’s going to say, “I thought LinkedIn Learning gave up on Design. Microsoft ’n’ stuff!” Not true from my vantage. Adobe and Design remain very big elements of the library. Hence this course. But, hey, suffice it to say, we’re all doing our best to fight the good fight!)

For me, Photoshop CC Channels and Masks is a significant accomplishment because I’ve let the topic lay fallow for seven years. Which is crazy, because between my various Photoshop masking courses for CS2, CS3, and CS5 (yes, I know, I suck—CS5 was the last time I visited the topic), the corresponding movies have attracted more than 5 million eyeballs. Well, 10 million if you factor in the fact that many people have two eyeballs—or perhaps more accurately, two eyeballs open at any given moment in time. I, however, prefer to squint.

To be released this Fall, Photoshop CC Channels and Masks will be altogether new, down to the last asset file. I may recite a familiar line or two—c’mon, some of those lines ranked nigh to the fleece of the golden—but you will hear me say them in altogether new contexts.

I so want to share with you an asset file. Technically, this is frowned upon. But here’s one:

Rock Your Profile

Okay, that’s a LinkedIn thing. Not the surfer surrounded by the awesome rays, but the text. Which means I’m kinda being a sorta total suck-up. Yeah, okay, so it’s a cool line. Tell me you wouldn’t do the same.

The other images are even cooler. You’ll see them in the fullness of time.

In the meantime, Photoshop and masking sorta defined my early relationship with LDC, our affectionate name for lynda.com. So indulge me if you will for a quick stroll down memory lane, based on my notoriously detailed calendar:

• Back on November 13, 2006, when I was a spry lad of 44, we wrapped up the first CS2 Masking course. (If nothing but for old-time’s sake, I think we could publish that course in its entirety on this very site. Anyone interested?)

• July 18, 2007, I scribbled down “LDC strikes Ojai studios,” named for the small valley town in Ojai, California. This would have been a big deal. Lynda and Ojai had been synonymous for years.

• August 14, 2007, I returned to LDC to find it relocated in Ventura, California, closer to the beach. Must say, the new digs were rad.

• August 22, 2007, I met a hungry young director named Scott Erickson, now legendary inside the hallowed halls of LiL. We took over the Ventura office and recorded shots for my CS3 Masking course from every conceivable angle, including from the inside of a refrigerator. (Again, I think we could publish that course in its entirety from this site. Express your interest if there is such a thing!)

Later I wrote an O’Reilly/dekePress book—with the able assistance of my now-disbanded but extraordinary publishing team at the time—Photoshop CS4 Channels and Masks. It included 12 video elements on a DVD. Later I recorded a total of three Masking and Compositing courses for Photoshop CS5. Colleen herself served as the Content Editor on both projects. [Editor: In other words, back when I was the boss of you. —cw]

Wow, gotta say, I’m goofin’ on masking over here. Not likely to settle down. here’s why:

Let your dreams drive you

Have you ever tried to select a tasty jam with the Focus Area command? That thing above—redeeming qualities, yes?—is an example.

Seven years later, damn, well here we are. I gotta save some stuff for the actual release. Seriously, me, shut the hell up!

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  • Hi Deke, that’s exciting news about the update, but for now ... I’ve just bought this great book and am starting to work through it with Photoshop CS6. I installed the Channels & Masks palette from the supplied DVD using Extension Manager but it doesn’t show up under Window > Extensions. Is there an update available please?
  • ... the ongoing presence of two spam posts on the https://www.deke.com/content/we-dove-with-great-white-sharks post suggests not, but just in case they do… You may want to take a look at chapter 13 of the Photoshop CC 2019 One-One Fundamentals course. When I looked at “Integrating Type With Imagery Part 1” I thought “Well, there’s 9 minutes of my life I don’t get back”. Most of the content covered was exactly the same as the preceding movie “Creating And Scaling A Line Of Type”. The former showed a method of selecting clouds in an image that the latter didn’t have (which is only tangentially related to the subject at hand) but aside from that, the same thing. Type is selected by the T key. You can use the Escape key to accept changes (because that’s just so intuitive, Adobe). Here are the preferences to change that. Now let’s change the size of the low res image. The dialog is lying to you, and if you resize it, etc, etc, etc.
  • Continuing on from my previous comment: - The film titled “Formatting Type from the Options Bar” only briefly mentions Options Bar, but is actually about adding filters, layer masks, layer effects and so on. - The next movie, “Formatting Type from the Character panel”, begins with a repeated “In this movie” introduction but the two “In this movie…” sentences talk about doing completely different things. From the captions: Oh, you can’t copy from the captions. Of course. I’ll type the relevant parts. “In this movie… we’re going to do type wrapped around this circle. In this movie, we’re going to create this line of point text, and ... how you can format it with the options bar”. And that movie does indeed look at the Options bar, NOT the character panel. We’re introduced to the Character Panel in the following movie, “Finding The Perfect Font”.
  • Yes, I’m still on the Text chapter. OK… you know that if someone isn’t already familiar with what “Tracking” and “Kerning” are… they won’t come away from the “Type Size And Script Fonts” movie much better informed? We change the kerning from Optical to Metrics, but… why? What do the two mean? The viewer needs to head off to Google Land to find out. Compare this to the explanation of leading in the “Adjusting Leading And Paragraph Spacing” movie. Now THAT is the Deke Of Olde! The Deke of Legend! Everything clearly and perfectly explained with no prior knowledge assumed. The same is true of the following anti-aliasing chapter; that’s you at the top of your Fundamentals game. As is also true for aligning layers. The Type Size movie is an anomaly, and it’s late enough in the course that it probably won’t put anyone off. Unless of course they started on that chapter, but that would be something of an edge case.
  • Can you elaborate a little more? Do you want your photo to look just like the Red Channel in an RGB image?
  • Hey deke, When I’m using Photoshop CS6 actually I’m a junior graphic designer recently I’ll join lincoln university, so when I make social media post for my client and I don’t understand about properly masking and he wants a professional post for his business, so some of your points about masking its clear my concept.
  • That’s great, wish you many more good things