This week in the dekeLounge, we return to the relative calm of just me and my good friend, Deke, sipping classic martinis, having temporarily sent the guests of previous shows home, properly blindfolded with memories wiped, to their families only slightly the worse for the wear. Don’t worry, we’ll send the tinted window Range Rover out to “fetch” them again soon, but for now it’s just me and the guru.
So it’s fitting that this week’s graphic (brought to you by one of our talented contest winners, Gale Franey) features just me and Deke floating in martini-scented bubbles. Here’s what we’ve got in store this week.
InDesign Secret Handshake: Document History You Didn’t Know Was There
Adobe InDesign PM Myke Ninness once showed me this obscure (and mildly scary) trick for seeing some document history. Try this: Hold down the Command key on the Mac (Ctrl on the PC), choose InDesign > About InDesign (on a PC that’s Help > About InDesign), and get some fairly specific info on the file you have open. It’s cool, it’s creepy, and it’s definitely a secret handshake. (My thanks to our resident Design Mastermind, David Futato, who confirmed the PC instructions since I’m without an InDesign-enabled PC at the moment.)
New! Photoshop Wish List: Deke’s Utopian Absurdity, Layers within Channels
To hear Deke talk, masking would be well-served if only you could create multi-layered alpha channels and the like. Although he may well be right, we’re both fairly convinced that such an enhancement would propell Photoshop’s already steep learning curve into the statosphere. Ever honest, Deke acknowledges that perhaps there is an upside to this for him, since he makes his living explaining the esoteric nature of Photoshop to people. Come to think of it, hiring him to do so is a fairly significant part of my job, so shut up already, me, and let Photoshop get weirder.
Cheers! This Week’s Toast: Worth1.com
This week’s toast falls to Deke, who cites as inspiration worth1000.com, home of a million bizarre, evocative, and intriguing illustrative images. And as if that’s not enough, there’s the online image compositor Phoenix at Aviary.com.
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