My Lovely Lounge Lizards, so glad to have you back again. Are your shoes off yet? Because we have an episode chock full of classic lounge segments sure to lull you into a relaxed state of graphic education. We start with a question from our Viewer Mail hotline, in which Deke not only distinguishes between Opacity, Fill, and Flow, but also throws a spontaneous secret handshake into the mix and graciously puts up with my ineptitude at using text in Photoshop. We follow that excitement up with an unusually amiable He Said She Said regarding whether it’s easy to “write” in words or pictures first.
Here are the specifics on my cryptic allusions above the graphic:
Question of the Week
From Steve, talking in a very loungy voice which precludes my catching his last name, asks about the difference between Flow, Opacity, Fill, (OK, we’re not sure if he meant Fill or Flow so we cover both) and what kind of experiments you can do to demo the difference to yourself. The latter part Deke completely sidesteps because he fearlessly goes on to explain what the differences and nuances to the point where you don’t need no stinkin’ experiments. And he does so by using the concept of a layered cocktail no less, despite the fact we don’t need no stinkin’ layering of our libations’ clear ingredients (unless you count olives).
Inadvertent Secret Handshake
During the above discussion, there’s an unscheduled Secret Handshake when Deke reveals where the Scatter value lives in the brushes panel. Take note Adobians, if you need an expert just to find the panel, it’s obscure or problematic UI design.
He Said; She Said
Less confrontational than usual than your standard “He Said; She Said,” this time Deke and I discuss the writing process and whether it’s easier to do the writing (me) first or the illustrations (deke). The question arose due to the revival of the Photoshop Elements One-on-One book that we’re working on right now. Tensions are reduced because the one thing we both agree on is that writing these books will kick your ass no matter where you start, but it’s totally worth it for the pride we can take in the end product.
Toast of the Week
We toast the aforementioned One-on-One series, because one has to respect something that tries to kill you but actually inspires you to some of your most excellent work in the process.
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Whew! What a psychological journey. With cocktails no less. Here’s the regular-quality (128kbps) audio file. (Note we’ve decreased the size of the “regular quality.” You can stream, or for best results, right-click and choose Download or Save.
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