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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, December 09, 2014

Turn Your Minecraft Art into 3D—with Photoshop

Make your Minecraft art 3D using Photoshop

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.

This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Create Secret Message Text with Photoshop

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Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.

And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

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New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 31, 2014

Treat Your Halloween Pix to These Photoshop Tricks

Transform your Halloween photos into ghoulish visions

It’s Halloween! Plenty of pictures will be taken of this year’s pageantry and frights—and there’s plenty of techniques you can employ to give your pictures a haunting Halloween edge.

Here are five Photoshop tricks to make your Halloween photos a treat.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

By Justin Seeley | Monday, October 06, 2014

MAX 2014, Day One: Big Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

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The Adobe MAX 2014 conference is in full swing this week in Los Angeles, and in Monday morning’s keynote Adobe unveiled a whole new suite of mobile apps alongside updates to existing Creative Cloud desktop apps.

Let’s examine some of the bigger new features, and show you how they’ll impact your digital workflow.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save Your Child's Artwork — Without Cluttering the Fridge

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Every picture your child makes is a work of art. (Of course!)

But storing these precious drawings and paintings can be a pain. The colors fade, the paper disintegrates, and storage space in not infinite—no matter how talented your little artist is.

Happily, you don’t have to toss those paintings. With the help of Adobe Photoshop, you can move artwork off the fridge and onto the web.

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