After roughly 54 movies, "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One" draws to an end.
Of those, only 18 or so movies are up right now. Which leaves another 36 movies to go. In other words, 1/3 are up, 2/3 remain.
The series includes three parts: Fundamentals (up now), Advanced (coming in the next week or so), and Mastery (due out by end of April).
In the name of getting you psyched, I offer this visual pastiche from the final installment, "Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery."
Masking glass. See thru the transparency to the image beyond. Plus, we mask reticulated dinosaur bones and intensely detailed hair. Two dozen fabulous movies (I hope), exceedingly detailed, and fun to watch (again, I hope).
Destined to be the first LDC coverage of vector-based shapes in Photoshop CS4. And my most comprehensive. Links to dekePod Episode 13: Mating Habits of the Pen Tool.
Suddenly, a grimy subway becomes electric. Not only do the walls light up, but we assign perspective masks to the declining reflections on the floor. The final effect is intense and unlike anything I’ve seen explained. (Vanishing Point to edit masks? And yet, it works remarkably well.)
I offer a total of 36 movies on the topics of smart objects and smart filters. Two chapter is all, so plenty of material. And yet, these are only the beginning. I’ll have an entire series on this topic in the late Summer, early Fall. In the meantime, these movies will take you into the nondestructive dragon’s mouth and back out again. (Sweet, gentle dragon.)
Now we get into Photoshop CS4’s new and improved technology. Here’s one on auto-aligning multiple layers and masking them against any old background. Thanks to Chris Orwig for the images.
Okay, so I won a bunch of awards with lynda.com, so big whoop. Even so, these few movies on auto blending a bunch of sparkly objects will make you wonder what will not be possible in the future. So utterly, sweetly, scarily amazing.
Oh goodness. You think content-aware scale is a one-trick pony? But actually, it has four tricks up its sleeve. An amazing feature with some outstanding limitations. Check these movies out and learn what more you can do.
And finally, actions. Not a new feature, but much in need of new and improved documentation—featuring recent pics of my children, no less! I’ve long included a guide on how to create the "best chrome effect ever." My newest 16-part walkthru is not only two times better (as witnessed by my introductory graphic). It’ll inspire you to create your own adventures in automation.
Which is my way of saying, join me. There’s much, much, much more awaiting you at lynda.com/deke.