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Your weekly quick-fix of Deke, with ideas you may inspire or inform your own projects.

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #36: Black & White

In the digital age, we shoot linear images that are converted to full-color photographs. Which is a good thing, because it means we can distill the perfect black-and-white shot in Photoshop, one range of colors at a time.

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #37: The Fill Functions

Many of Photoshops best features can only be accessed from the keyboard. Like how would you know that Alt+Backspace (or Option-Delete) fills a selection with black? Watch this video. It just gets better.

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #39: Layer Comps

Feature #39 is layer comps, which let you assemble multiple image variations or even independent pieces of artwork inside a single Photoshop file. One palette gives you the freedom to explore.

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Something New This Way Comes

Next week, dekePod shifts gears to something completely different. In the meantime, here's a blast from the past: Circa 2006, in fact. Back when money had value, bless its sweet heart. And we all had means.

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The Andy Warhol Silkscreen Effect

Want to emulate Andy Warhol's silkscreen effect? Warhol created art as a mass consumable, like a t-shirt or pack of gum. Meaning, he *wanted* you to replicate it. Join Deke as he dissects Warhol's process, digital style.

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Photoshopping the Great Masters

There is no objective standard of beauty. In fact, the very definition of beauty shifts from one generation to the next. Want proof? Watch a 16th-century honey turn into a 21st-century hottie in this dekePod.

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Photoshop and the Lost Undersea Channel

Underwater photos often lack a Red channel -- which is where things like coral, clown fish and our skin tones hang out. Fortunately, Deke knows how to summon Red from the watery depths and make your photos come alive.

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