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

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Sixties Space Siren

Ah, the election is finally over. And splendidly so! What better way to celebrate than with something that anticipates our bright future while at the same time honoring our heroic past? Something timeless. Like Captain Kirk!

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The Masks Palette

Working in the quick mask mode? Photoshop CS4's Masks palette reads: "No mask selected." Working on an alpha channel? "No mask selected." Learn how to satisfy this wicked imp of a palette in this week's dekePod!

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Faking an HDR Portrait

There's nothing scarier than an image that's so real you can reach out and touch it. Because if you can reach out and touch it, it can reach out and touch you. Learn how to create just such an image in this episode.

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Photoshop CS4, Buy or Die

Adobe has announced Creative Suite 4 and its myriad applications. But for the moment, there's just one that matters, Photoshop CS4. Thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs all over the place? Deke knows and will tell you.

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Spirograph on Steroids

Creativity is an exercise in thought and energy, not manual dexterity. Learn how to puzzle your way through a piece of dynamic "op art" based on nothing more than half an ellipse and Adobe Illustrator.

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Stretching a Photo in Illustrator

Distort, Warp, Liquify. Photoshop offers plenty of distortion functions. But none of them measures up to Illustrator's Envelope. Fortunately, Illustrator doesn't limit itself to vectors; you can edit photographs. Learn how!

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Don’t Fear the Lab Mode

Digital cameras are wonderful, but they're ultimately machines. You, on the other hand, are a superior human being. Celebrate your humanity in the Lab mode, where you can take the work of machines and make it way better.

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Stealth ‘Shop, The Virgin Histogram

Have an image that needs an absolute color overhaul? This video shows you how to apply some shockingly massive edits, get great results, and clean up the histogram so it looks like you never set foot in Photoshop.

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Metadata Forensics, What a Crock

In this, the first regular episode of dekePod, Deke debunks the sanctity of photographic metadata, specifically that holiest of holy grails, EXIF. Is nothing sacred? Sure, lots of things, but EXIF ain't one of them.

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101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

Ever wanted to see a guy rattle off 101 Photoshop tips? In just 5 minutes? Set to music? While dancing like a crazy monkey? Why then, you're in luck. Welcome to the resurgence of dekePod.

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