I’m Hard at Work on Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Not to tread on Colleen’s Martini Hour post—honest, you gotta check it out: it’s our first Digital Member Be-In show, another crazy-but-brilliant Colleen concoction—but I just had to take a moment and share with you what I’m up to these days.

Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals is burning up the charts at the lynda.com Online Training Library. And my revamped Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One book (with exhaustive all-new videos) is nearing completion. So I thought I’d let you know, I’m close to wrapping up my follow-up video series, Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, a file from which appears below.

Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced

Please remember, this is no afterthought course full of additional stuff in the unlikely event that you want to be acquainted with everything in Photoshop. This is hard-core, must-know, essential info, packaged in an independent course purely for the sake of expediency. Remember how they made J. R. R. Tolkien divide Lord of the Rings into three parts? Which is insane, because if you didn’t read the whole series, how would you know what happened to Fodo and Gollum and Samwise? It’s like that, except that no one made me do it. I volunteered the idea and everyone said, “Yeah, whatever. Keep recording, man!” Simply put, it’s the sequel.

I feature an image from today’s chapter, “Text and Shape Layers,” (above) for three reasons: First, as with Fundamentals, virtually all the project files are new. (Okay, so I repurposed one file, that of a fragmented dollar bill, pictured below. But only because posting a slice of legal tender as a 3-bit PNG file makes me chuckle, very deep inside.) Second, I revamped my previous outline so even the organization is altogether new. And third . . . damn! I know there’s a third reason but now I forget.

Free money

Hold the phone, I remember. Third, I’m psyched about the chapter I just finished recording tonight: Chapter 2, “Text and Shape Layers,” might sound like a boring one. (Candidly, every time I say the word “leading,” I want to garrote myself.) But it’s not. In fact, “Text and Shape Layers” might be the most exciting design-oriented topic in all of Photoshop. Here’s why, expressed as an insanely detailed image:

Photoshop CS5: Amazing Text Handler

Just look at how the high-resolution text and shape outlines (those snippets of smooth lightness) interact with the hairs from the model’s head. How does Photoshop produce such a masterwork? By layer-masking the vectors and then exporting the final composition as a PDF file, that’s how. Which is why that paltry 6-minute and 49-second Photoshop Top 4, Feature #38: Vector Type preview reveals itself in fully 26 movies. Not to mention, a half-hour Adobe Photoshop One-on-One book video to boot.

For the record, the base photograph comes from Andrejs Pidjass of the Fotolia image library. Isn’t it stellar? Gosh, I like this image.

Quite honestly, much as I admire and relish Illustrator and InDesign (did I mention I have gobs of training about those applications as well?), Photoshop is more gifted at blending vector and pixel elements than any other program on the planet.

That’s it for now. I’ll let you know more when I finish.

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  • I do love photography

    And I could say that every time I capture something it makes me feel very glad.

  • Can’t wait

    Will get right on this when the Advanced comes out.  Can’t wait.  You’re a training machine.

    Til then, you should modify your website so that it remembers logged in visitors!  I have to log in each and everytime I come back here!  Whatdufunknwagnalls is up wit dat?

  • Congrats, jude!

    I got my ACE certification in PSCS4 yesterday (6/3) and just thought I’d drop in to toot me own horn.


    Woo Hoo!

    See ya’!


    “Thanks again, for another day full of something that I
    just can’t put my finger on.”—Kim Knoche

  • Fantastic work!

    I never cease to be amazed at the creativity of the artistic mind! Unfortunately for me, my mind functions in much more of a logical fashion, with creativity being only a minor by-product. Keep up the great work!

  • such a piece of art . . .

    Such and elegant work of art from the detail of the hair and others like shadows and the text are perfect piece of art, I can only say that hard work really pay a price, a price of fame in so called art. . .  YEAH I love the design it is so cool . . .

  • Looking forward to it.

    Keep up the great work, Deke!

  • \“That Pefect Look\”...

    Is that there to demo the ease of editing live type or is that a mistake?

  • Absolutely \“Pefect\”

    Deke intentionally makes a mistrake once each year just to keep himself humble

  • No CS5 in the Cards

    I am unlikely to have CS5 for a while and I understand that it has some really cool new tools.  Does it have tools for the Ken Burns effect?  Is there a way to get the Ken Burns effect in CS4.  First time writer-long time reader.  EG

  • Walking in a winter Dekeland!!

    Heya Deke, i just recently joined lynda.com and OMG!! i cant stop viewing the tutorials you have done for photoshop CS5!! im obsessed, i wake up when the wifes asleep to view your tutorials…... i swear she thinks im a porn addict now!!

    Anyways cant wait for your next one to one installment to your tutorials!! handy, easy to pick up and ive been writing notes all the way through, but havent needed them, everything sticks in my head!!


    ps: had to go to the optician cause im always looking at these darn tutorials! :D

  • Photoshop is awesome!

    I have been using Photoshop now for 6 years and I can’t even imagine using anything else. It’s great I love it.

  • You know, that pefect look

    Haven’t you always wanted to look pefect? It’s like perfect, except way crappier and wildly inept.

  • Thats hilarious

    Either way your wife will be wondering what you are doing. A least you are being productive with your time. You should do your research in the day.

    Laser Eye Surgery Professionals

  • Ha! hahahahahaha! Okay I’m

    Ha! hahahahahaha! Okay I’m brand new here - your timer’s telling me precisely how many minutes and seconds - wildly clicking willy nilly everywhere and HAHAHAHA!! no idea what “looking perfect only way crappier and wildly inept” has to do with but I already know I am home! Man, I am gonna have some fun here! I knew it! I knew it!

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