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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Reduce Glare in a Photograph

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It’s a fact of nature: Light reflects off shiny surfaces. But that glare often distracts from the subject of your photographs, especially when they contain text or other small details, like the subject of this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques—the board game Landslide. (Race to become the next President of the United States in the Parker Brothers “Game of Power Politics.”)

Deke has two different fixes for glare, and they both involve Adobe Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Using the Perspective Crop Tool in Photoshop

Perspective Warp Tool in Photoshop

When you’re forced to shoot in a tight corner or at an awkward angle, your photos are often warped. That’s the case with a photo Deke took of a board game mid-play. Since he couldn’t exactly suspend himself in midair, he took a photo from above while standing slightly beside the table. Luckily, he knew he could fix the image in post. You too can remove warped perspective using a little-known but highly regarded tool in Photoshop: Perspective Crop. Watch the free video to learn how to put your photos back on the straight and narrow.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Using Photoshop Lens Flares for Good (Not Evil)

Using Photoshop Lens Flares for Good

Lens flares have been the butts of cruel jokes for too long. It’s time to salvage the lens flare, to liberate it from heavy-handed users like J.J. Abrams (director of fx-laden movies like Star Trek and Super 8) and put it back in the good graces of photographers and videographers everywhere.

The key is subtle application.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Creating a 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

Create a 3D Bump Map

You might have heard that Photoshop “does 3D” now. Many of us have heard the rumor, but have yet to see it in action. In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke provides a demo, performing a task uniquely suited to Photoshop: creating a 3D bump map in Photoshop and applying it to 3D objects. He transforms an image into a repeating tile pattern that can be wrapped (aka mapped) around the body of a rocket ship—a model he created completely from scratch in Photoshop. He shows how to assign the texture to the rocket layer, render the scene to test the map, and resize the pattern to fit the object properly. In the end, you’ll have a realistically textured 3D surface.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, May 08, 2014

Preserve Image Scale When Resizing

When you edit images in other programs like Photoshop, InDesign will often re-scale the image when it realizes there was a change. In most cases, this is perfectly appropriate behavior. But sometimes you don’t want scaling. The good news is that InDesign offers a file handling preference that lets you dictate how it treats relinked images. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn how to change this preference and preserve the dimensions of edited images.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Turning a Photo into a Giant Mural with Photoshop

Create a Mural

Since Deke’s Techniques kicked off in January 2011, Deke McClelland has shown you how to transform everyday portraits into Warhol-esque artwork, cartoon figures, and even cave paintings. Today he shows you how to blow up a portrait to building-sized proportions with Adobe Photoshop and and create the illusion of a giant mural.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Creating a Passport-Perfect Headshot

Create a passport-perfect headshot

Poor lighting? Cheap camera? Indifferent photographer? These are the conditions most passport photos are taken under, and the results usually speak for themselves. But you can create a better passport photo for yourself—even from the worst raw material—with today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques. Deke follows the specifications issued by the US Department of State, and provides a template to make sure your composition meets the required size, pose, and proportions. Once the legalities are taken care of, he shows how to center, color correct, and enhance your photo with Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Auto-Hiding Iconic Panels in Photoshop

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Photoshop’s interface is highly customizable; you can rearrange panels, hide them, and pop panels in and out of your dock at will. Once you open a panel, though, it doesn’t automatically close after you have “done your business.” That can get annoying—fast. Luckily, Deke has a remedy for this minor irritation. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, he reveals the preference that enables you to collapse iconic panels quickly, by simply clicking anywhere else in Photoshop. (Iconic panels are the ones represented by icons in the secondary panel bar, like Properties, Brushes, etc.) Plus, get a bonus tip on moving around the fields in a panel straight from the keyboard.

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