I’ve Begun Work on My Next Photoshop Masking Course

Just a note to let you know that I’ve begun work on my next video course for lynda.com, which will be called Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals. The course is slated to be 9 chapters long, and it will set in motion the stuff that you need to know to mask a photographic image with absolute authority against any and all backgrounds. Many courses will follow, including (but not limited to): Advanced Blending, The Pen Tool, and the ever-thrilling Hair. The last of which will include “tough stuff”!

At Photoshop World, I had many folks come up to me and tell me that my two back-to-back Channels & Masks sessions were their favorite at the conference. Which was awesome, because those sessions were based on my old content. This next course is a new take on things. Here’s how it all starts, with an artificially colored foreground set against a similarly adjusted background. (Based on a Fotolia image from TessarTheTegu, BTW.) It’s a wacky multichannel effect. And, really, isn’t he just the duckiest toucan you ever laid eyes on? I love how he has pretend teeth to scare off the predators. (That’s not Photoshop, that’s natural!) Don’t you just want to take him home and make bird-love to him? I know, me too.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing preview

Meanwhile, I finished recording my Photoshop Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects course, again from my beloved and industry-leading video publisher lynda.com. The course is now being edited. I’ll let you know when it goes live. (Update: It’s live now.) Here’s a sample project:

Photoshop Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects

I can’t wait to share more with you. As I will, most assuredly. Stay tuned.

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  • Great News!

    I will be waiting anxiously for the publishing of thees courses.

    Deke, your a great teacher, thanks!

  • Deke, that’s great

    Deke, that’s great news!

    Your “CS3 Channels and Masks” series is among my favorites!

    Others include “CS2 Actions and Automation”, “CS2 Mastering Camera Raw”, “CS3 Sharpening Images” and “CS3 Mastering Lab Color”. It’s great that you are re-doing some of the good old stuff - and not just the One-on-One series. I hope the next one you re-do is either “Camera Raw” or “Actions and Automation”!

  • Hooray!

    I’m definitely looking forward to this. The CS3 course you did and the CS4 book, were incredibly informative. The addition of compositing makes this one sound even more valuable.
    If you could also address shadow casting and matching lighting and color when creating the composit it would be great. Perhaps, for the toughest final chapter, you could also make a few full figure composits, meaning place people or whole objects in a scene so then perspective and point of view would have to be taken into account as well.

    As for the masking part, it would be very nice if you could comment on the improved CS5 edge detection function and then give some examples of what can be done automatically with the integrated masking features and what still needs the old school, manual, hands-on, channel exploring and level adjusting treatment.

    Thank you very much, Deke! I think, by now, that if you started doing cow milking tutorials, I’d watch those too… and learn something about type, hue shifting or maybe even extraction… Thank you!

  • Yay!

    Very good news!!!!

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