Photoshop Masking & Compositing: The Free PDF Companion

Last month marked the debut of Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals, my video-based introduction to the principals of masking for At more than 11 hours long, the course is not only comprehensive, but also demanding.

So I decided to try out an experiment, in the form of an 11-page PDF companion. Available for free to members of dekeOnline,  this file provides a few helpful services: First, it provides an introduction to the course as a whole. Second, it outlines the contents of each of the nine chapters, including the names of all 128 movies.  Third, it provides links to the free movies, of which there are 12 in all. (It is’s custom to make 10 percent of any course free to non-members.) And finally, I recommend what I consider to be the three most useful movies in each chapter. All links are live, but to see the linked movies, you’ll need an Internet connection, you’ll have to be a member of the Online Training Library, and you’ll need to be logged into the Web site.

Photoshop Masking & Compositing: The PDF Companion

You’ll need to be a member of dekeOnline to proceed.

To view the free PDF companion, click here. Or right-click to download the file.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out for additional PDF companions for the satellite courses, which include Advanced Blending (available now), Hair (set to go live next week), The Pen Tool (slated for early next year), and more.

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  • Will there be a book?

    As much as I like your video courses on Lynda (I’ve just finished chapter 8), I’m an old school person and would really really like to also have a book made of paper with pages to turn and to write on. Is there something in the works? Maybe a new version of your excellent “Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One” book…


  • Can’t wait for \“Hair\”

    Your courses are the best, and this series: “Photoshop Masking & Compositing” is the best of them all. Can’t wait to get the “hair” course, and I really hope that “the pen tool” arrive early as well.

    Thanks again

  • awesome,just saved it and

    awesome,just saved it and even shared on my g+ stream (the link)

  • Missing subfolders for lessons

    I’ve followed his instructions explicitly to create the preferences recommended and necessary to maximize the learning curve in the lessons.

    The photos used by Deke are not in a subfolder of the video lessons on the linked site above. In fact, the lessons are not zipped. They are downloadable and immediately available to transfer per his instructions and view with Apple’s Quicktime. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to improvise without having the subfolders and photos used in the book.

    Is there some other site where his lessons contain the subfolder “McClland Boys.”?

    The book was written before the release of Lion OS 10 for the Mac. I don’t understand why the subfolders referenced in the book are not available

    from the download site.

    I would appreciate any assistance finding these files, if they remain available.

    Thank you, sincerely,


    (I found the lesson files exactly where they were not lost. :) - Merry Christmas!)

  • Car Wrap / Mobile Advertisement

    Hello to All, especially Deke,
    I am a graphic designer trying to break into the industry of designing car wrap (mobile advertisment). I know there are templates and softwares catered to this process, but there is little to no training in this area of graphic design because car wrap design is still relatively new. Who better to teach us the tricks of the trade than our very own Deke McClellan. Deke you just have to create a video tutorial on how to design car wraps, with the template or how to make a template from scratch, what’s the best software to use and just take us on a journey as you always do teaching us the nature of vehicle wrap design. I’ve already put in a request/feedback with and anyone else interested in learning vehicle wrap design you should put in a request on & Deke’s site as well to better our chances. I’ve searched everywhere I know to search and no one has any real comphrensive training in this area. I beg of you Deke…..pppuulleeaazze create a tutorial for full vehichle wrap design. Thank you in advance!


  • Photoshop Classroom in a Book CS5

    This is not a comment but a cry for help! I recently obtained PS CS5.1 and have installed it on my computer. Since I have used Photoshop since version 6, I did not think I needed to buy the Classroom in a Book from Adobe. However, due to the many changes in CS5, I decided to get the Kindle version. I received that about 5 weeks ago, but cannot get the DVD that is necessary for using it. I have tried the link listed in the book, but it doesn’t work. I emailed Peachpit four times over as many weeks, with no response. I have contacted everyone I can think of, including Adobe,, Peachpit Publishing—with no response, and no help.I contacted the Adobe forum and was given a couple of new sites with Peachpit—they do not have the files available either.

    Since I know you are published through Peachpit, hoped you might have some help for me.  HELP, HELP, HELP DEKE!  You are my last hope to learn PS CS5.1!

    Shirley A Taylor

  • Car wrap

    I know Jacon Cass has done one and loaded up a lot of info on it at his Just Creative Design site.

  • Photoshop Masking & Compositing

    Really a fantastic article!! Thanks for your excellent relocation for the Photoshop Masking & Compositing which is most valuable for us. I am grateful for your brilliant post.

    Simon Goldberg

  • Yes, please let there be a book

    I completely second this! I love your lynda courses but like to keep your books on hand, too. I bought the “Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One” book because it was the most recent on the topic I could find of yours. Your stuff rules, Deke!

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