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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Clean up a smartphone photo: Deke's Techniques

Clean up a smartphone image

Do you ever notice how a photo that looks great on your phone looks terrible on a larger screen? Images shot on iPhone and Android devices (even the newest models) tend to be low resolution and grainy. This can be disappointing when you have an image you want to share somewhere other than, well, your phone. Enter Adobe Camera Raw and the one and only Deke McClelland. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to clean up a noisy iPhone image using Camera Raw’s powerful toolset, including options like Clarity, Luminance, and Color and the Spot Removal tool. With a little extra help from Photoshop’s Smart Sharpen filter, Deke shows how to create a serviceable image that doesn’t scream “camera phone.”

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Preserve an object's shadows on a new background: Deke's Techniques

Preserving an object's shadow on a new background

Background replacement is one of the cool tricks Photoshop is known for. It lets you quickly swap out one environment for another. But without the cast shadows, the effect is not quite as realistic. Today in Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows how to change an object’s background and keep its shadows intact. This technique is perfect for product photography, where you have an object photographed or digitally rendered against a white background.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nondestructive dodging and burning: Deke's Techniques

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques! Today, Deke returns to the panoramic photography he pieced together of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and shows you how to add a sense of drama with the Dodge and Burn tools and a saturation adjustment in Photoshop. When we say drama, we’re talking incredible color, shadows, and highlights. And he does all of it nondestructively, by isolating the dodging and burning on a separate layer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Build a panorama in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Correcting a distorted panorama

It’s hard to capture architecture in standard photographs—especially contemporary architecture such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, which can call itself, without boasting, “the most important structure of its time.” Buildings like the Guggenheim Bilbao and its surrounding landscape are what panoramas are made for.

In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to stitch 19 different photographs of the museum into a gorgeous panorama in Photoshop, and then use the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to correct any distortion that results. The technique quickly revisits the Photomerge feature covered in previous episodes and then shows you how to straighten and correct details in the image using the filter’s Correction options. Deke also crops the photo and rebuilds missing areas of the sky with Content-Aware Fill—and corrects any of the telltale, repeating details this tool can sometimes introduce.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Deleting photobombers with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Delete photobombers with Photoshop

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You’ve got a great location, a great group of friends, a great camera. All the makings of a great shot, right? But you get the file off the camera and onto your computer and lo and behold: a photobomber appears. Some person detracting from the main event, intentionally or not. Happily, with the tools in Adobe Photoshop, you can remove unwanted guests or any other undesired elements from your photographs. You don’t even need the latest version of Photoshop. In fact, in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes you through the old-school method for removing a photobomber from an otherwise fantastic photo. These are results you’re not going to get with Content-Aware Fill, the Patch tool, or even the brand-new Content-Aware Move tool. No, you have to go back to the basics. We’re talking Photoshop version 3, circa 1994 basics. Watch today’s free video to learn how.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mastering exposure in Camera Raw: Deke's Techniques

Mastering exposure in Camera Raw

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Pop quiz: What exactly does the Exposure slider do in Adobe Camera Raw? Chances are some of you will say it controls highlight, some will claim it affects the midtones, and some will just throw up your hands. Deke McClelland is here to clear up any confusion you may have around this adjustment and help you master exposure in Camera Raw.

Today in Deke’s Techniques, he’ll help you take a dark, heavily shadowed image and bring out the brightness—and rugged handsomeness—of its subject: fellow lynda.com author James Williamson! (Did you know these guys hang out together? Worlds collide!) He’ll accomplish all of this using the controls in the Basic tab in Camera Raw, including the Exposure slider. He’ll also show how to avoid clipping your shadows and highlights, work directly in the histogram, and make other adjustments in the Effects tab to diminish any noise that might occur as the result of your exposure adjustment.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Enlarge a low-res photograph in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Upsample an image in Photoshop

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Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques! Today’s episode takes you on a trip in the “not-so-way-back machine” as we revisit an Adobe Photoshop technique from January. Deke will show you how to upsample another teeny tiny image, but this time it’s a flat file—no layers at all—and he’ll show you how to perform the resampling in CS6 and earlier versions of Photoshop. This technique shows how you can get great results even from images without a lot of data.

Watch the free video below as Deke takes a 578×750 pixel, .5 MB file and transforms it into a 1,400 percent larger version of itself with Photoshop CS6. He also shows how to mimic the results you get from the Creative Cloud upsampling algorithm with an application of Unsharp Mask.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Painting happy little trees: Deke's Techniques

Painting happy little trees

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As Deke notes, one of the most obscure features in Adobe Photoshop CC, the 14.2 update specifically, is its ability to automatically generate trees. But it’s actually quite cool. You can make trees of all shapes, sizes, colors, and species. In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows how to fill a basic background with “happy little trees” with the new Tree pattern.

Along the way, he’ll share a shortcut to this fabulous feature (accessible through the Fill dialog) and show how to adjust all the controls inside the Tree dialog box. He dials in a custom foliage color, rearranges the limbs, randomizes a tree’s appearance, and scales the trees individually within the artwork.

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