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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

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Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Develop Dramatic Sunset Photos with Adobe Camera Raw

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Don’t let the sun set on another dull photograph. Deke shows you how to pump up the drama of your sunrise and sunset photos with the power of Adobe Camera Raw.

Don’t have Camera Raw? The instructions in this free episode of Deke’s Techniques also work with Lightroom.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Create Your Own Print of a Classic Painting — with No Guilt

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Get prints of classic paintings for your home—without resorting to thievery or forgery—in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke explains the law behind reproductions of works that have fallen out of copyright, like the 1435 painting featured in this video, Saint George Killing the Dragon. The painting itself belongs to the Chicago Institute of Art, where Deke snapped a picture of it, but the image—well, as Deke says, the image “belongs to everybody!” So your conscience can rest easy following along with the instructions in this video.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Editing Old Photo Files? Update to Latest Raw Process

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You captured some photos in raw format, maybe edited a few on your computer, and moved onto the next photo adventure.

But then, years later, you run across one you’d like to edit a bit more and are faced with something new—a badge or alert in your software like this one:

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

A warning badge in Adobe Camera Raw

Did something corrupt the image? No, that badge indicates the photo can be updated to a newer raw process. Here’s how:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixing a Low-Color Photo with the Camera Raw Filter

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Learn how to revive a photo that has an inspired composition but lackluster color in this episode of Deke’s Techniques.

In this video, Deke uses a photo of his beautiful companion seated under a jaw-dropping red-rock arch.

The only problem? The color is a little dull.

However, using two passes of the Camera Raw filter, Deke is able to convert the image to black and white and then reinstate the color selectively, resulting in a cool, steely looking photograph, worthy of printing at a poster size.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blend Two Exposures into One

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Learn how to blend two exposures and get the best of both worlds with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to take an underexposed landscape photograph and create a lighter, brighter version of it to reveal all its detail—then combine the two images for a third, more dramatic image. As Deke explains, it’s just not possible to get the same effect with the Graduated Filter alone. It’s these two programs together that can help rescue your most extreme exposures.

Find out how to create a lighter version of the image with Camera Raw’s development tools, and combine the bright foreground with the darker sky of the original exposure using Photoshop’s masking capabilities. Deke also shows how to enhance the effect with a graduated filter and add a round of High Pass Sharpening to bring all the details of the final image into sharper relief. Click the free video to learn more.

Members of the lynda.com library can watch the follow-up movie to find out how to create the mask shown in this technique, from scratch. Then come back next week to learn how to create a photographic caricature using Photoshop’s Free Transform and Liquify tools.

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 Jim Heid | Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Raw+JPEG Workflow for the iPad

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The best way to extract every bit of image quality from your camera is to shoot in its raw mode. A raw image contains the exact data recorded by the camera’s sensor. By comparison, when a camera creates a JPEG image, it discards significant amounts of data in order to make the image more compact.

But life is full of trade-offs. Raw files provide far more flexibility when adjusting exposure and color balance in a post-processing program such as Adobe Lightroom, but use far more storage space than JPEGs. Many cameras have a “best of both worlds” mode in which they create a companion JPEG file along with a raw file. This lets you use the JPEG for minor edits but fall back on the raw file should the image require significant adjustments that, with a JPEG, could compromise quality.

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