My CS5 Content Revealed

By now, most (if not all) of you know that Adobe is updating its entire line of Creative Suite products. The net result will be Creative Suite 5. And there are the usual bazillion features to look forward to.

Adobe has made it clear that I can’t tell you what those features will be. (Oh sure, Adobe itself has leaked many of the minor features, including Content-Aware Fill, which will blow you away once you see it for yourself. But I myself make no mention of Content-Aware Fill. Oh, crap, yes I did. Oops!) However, I can tell you this: I’m hard at work on creating a slew of books and videos for CS5. And that is what I’m here to share with you today.

CS5 One-on-One Welcome

Here’s the skinny: I have not only recorded the entirety of my video series “Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals” for lynda.com. I’m also halfway done with my book, Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One for Deke Press in cooperation with O’Reilly Media. And I am well into my video series “Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals,” again for lynda.com. In other words, things are well under way.

And to make matters more interesting, virtually all the content is brand-spanking new. New outlines, new projects, new everything. New new new.

For example, here’s the new project file that introduces layers in Chapter 10 of the Photoshop video series and what is now Lesson 5 of the book.

Photoshop CS5 layers project

Next comes my favorite project (at the moment, anyhow): After having turned 48 years old a couple of days ago, I had one of my most productive days yesterday working on my “Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals” video series. I woke up, shot a photograph of an intriguing mosaic tile design, turned it into a vector-based illustration, and recorded >2 hours showing you—regardless of your level of experience or measure of talent—how to draw the artwork for yourself from scratch. Just six chapters into things, I have no doubt that you can follow along with me. (It relies in part on a new CS5 feature, but even without it, I’m confident you can create this artwork, every step of the way.)

CS5 Illustrator project

As if that’s not enough, in my “Photoshop CS5 One-on-One” video series, I walk you through the eagerly-awaited Avatar Yearbook Photo. For those familiar with my previous videos, this project takes the place of the “What Photoshop Can Do” chapter (remember The Shining?), only in three parts: I distort the face and make the skin blue in the “Fundamentals” series, explore the deep-set eyes in the “Advanced” portion, and add the war paint, foliage, and glowing bug in “Mastery.” (All recorded, btw.) And as always—although I encourage you to sit back, relax, and watch me work—I give you every file and shred of information that you might need to follow along.

Photoshop CS5 Avatar project

Regardless of what you think of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 (it’s quite good), I think you’ll find much to love about my training. I’ve never worked so hard on a new batch of books or videos in my life.

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Comments

  • New Features

    Can we expect the new features Series on lynda .com soon….I can’t learn anywhere else only from Deke!!!


    Black Seals ... White Reveals…!

  • Nice!

    Really nice grin You are the best!

  • Deke, you are a machine.

    Deke, you are a machine.

  • Congratulations!

    Deke ,you must be busy mate!:-)
    I would be very interested if you write an article how can you be so quick to make these videos and books. What kind of preparations you take, how you choose your materials pictures etc.
    Im sure many people would be interested about it!
    Thanks,

    andjoel from Redditch UK

  • lynda

    I looking forward to the CS5 videos at lynda.com!

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards


    Martin

    http://blog.martindoersch.at


    http://www.martindoersch.at

  • When will Deke be released ????

    Let me rephrase that less someone think that Colleen had Deke committed (which anyone watching 101 tips in 5 min would understand) or something…

    ... we have a firm release date on CS5… but when will Deke’s contribution (aka Lynda.com one-on-one series, etc.) become available.?


  • Deke CS2 one on one

    I purchased Deke’s book 1 on 1 CS4 I have lots to learn, so I thought I would go back and review the CS2 lessons and Videos, but they will not play as now that I have CS4 on my laptop I don’t still have CS2 on my lap top, any suggestions would be welcome.  Thanks

  • Photoshop Event Manager \“Scriptble Events List\”

    Hi Deke,

    I hope you are reading me, After watching “Photoshop CS2 actions and automations” Now I bcome very good on scripting and I’m using this feature now, but still have to be very adavanced. I got misunderstand little about Photoshop Event Manager command.

    I want to fire an event and run an script when - “I drag one layer from one document to another”. I read the scripting guide but I’m not able to figure out what event name should I add.

    Please guide me to accomplish this task.

    Thank you in advance.

    Ashish

  • HEY DEKE—I NEED HELP TO DESIGN A SPORT JACKET

    I NEED HELP TO DESIGN A SPORT JACKET—IF POSSIBLE USING ILLUSTRATOR CS4—- HOW DO I DO THAT ?? AT LEAST CAN I RECEIVE SOME TIPS , MAYBE ?
    I WATCHED THE FIRST 3 TUTORIALS ON LYNDA…BUT I CAN’T WTCH THEM ALL ... AND I DON’T HAVE A CREDIT CARD TO ACCES FURTHER .

    SO IF I ‘LL GET ANY ADVICE—THANKS !

  • Now all we have to do is wait…

    Well, at least we now know that the CS5 content is out there. I suspect that it will still have a depressing lack of 15th Century Italian pantaloons, but it’ll be interesting to see Shine Stanley’s replacement.

    Time to get the credit card into shape and ready for their release…

  • I can’t say that yet

    Because altho Adobe has announced when it will announce CS5 (April 12), it hasn’t announced when the Suite will ship. Obviously, my videos will hit the streets after that.

    I will convey a more specific date (plus some more juicy news) after April 12.

  • Deke almost on the streets

    Thank you kind sir… someone will now escort you back to your padded cell.

    BTW - grammatically speaking, at the time you made that now infamous “200%” faux pas… you “lay” on that throne (unless, of course, you’re still on it).

  • CS5

    Screenshot of CS5 User Interface

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/18697966@N00/2982281565/sizes/o/

  • Content Aware Bonus

    By now we’ve all seen the videos on content aware fill with the panorama or the park bench with lens flare or the gothic rooftop facades… but for a sneak peek at how powerful this new algorithm might really be… I’ve posted this stolen (mp4) video on one of our servers.

    http://www.drjack.com/cs5

    Enjoy


  • Love it!

    Now I gotta save up an buy CS5 so’s I can git rid a them jalopies from the back forty…. oh, scrap that, tow truck rental would be cheaper.  Guess I’ll have to find another stratagem to git the wife’s approval grin

  • CS5 interface

    LoL...that interface looks absolutely stunning! I must commend Adobe’s GUI designers on the great work.

    Can’t wait to dig into CS5 and I’ll be jumping onto the OneonOne series right away.

  • Channels & Masks?

    Hello Deke,

    Do you think you will be doing a Lynda.com “Channels & Masks” for Photoshop CS5 or will the One-on-One pretty much have it all?

    I know it’s very early in the game to be asking.

    Perhaps in 2011 after things settle down.

    Warmest regards,


    Dan

  • cs4 photoshop top 40, problem with #30 - actions

    I’m having issues following episode #30 - actions…
    I was following along, and after I created the folder and action, it wouldn’t let me create the new layer… it showed the “can’t do” sign. However, it did load the pre set Deke created, but not at first….

    has anyone else had this problem??

    Jamie Beall


    Oceanside Images

    oceansideimages@gmail.com

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