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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mask a Caricature Against a New Background

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Last week Deke showed you how to turn a portrait into a crazy carnival-style caricature with Photoshop. This week, he’ll show you how to mask that caricature onto a more dramatic background using the Color Range command, Quick Mask mode, and a layer mask.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 20, 2014

Create a Top Secret Envelope in Photoshop

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This week, Bert walks us through how to create a top secret manila envelope in Photoshop. He begins by creating a new layer called envelope, draws a rectangle, and fills it with a beige color. He then converts this box to black and white, and applies both a cloud and an emboss filter, which creates the paper texture. Lastly, he goes into hue/saturation and colorizes it to achieve a nice beige color.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creating a Photo Caricature

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Put your photos through a digital funhouse with Photoshop. Today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to take any portrait and warp it into a photo caricature with the Liquify filter and Free Transform tool. The gist of the technique is emphasizing your subject’s most noticeable features. Large eyes? Make them round as saucers. Strong chin? Give it the Leno treatment. And if you warp and scale the portrait with Free Transform before you apply the Liquify tool, you’ll get even more dramatic results.

By Kevin Stohlmeyer | Saturday, June 14, 2014

Which Should You Use: A Path or a Mask in Photoshop?

Should I save my selection as a Path or as a Layer Mask in Photoshop? I get this question a lot when it comes to creating a silhouette in Adobe Photoshop. The answer ultimately depends on how you answer the following questions.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 13, 2014

Creating a Wood-Framed Chalkboard

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This week Bert walks us through creating a wood-framed chalkboard.

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 Chris Converse | Sunday, June 08, 2014

Use Photoshop for Web Design Comps

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Creating design comps for responsive and interactive states of a website can be time consuming, regardless of the design app you’re using. Fortunately Photoshop contains a number of production tools that help when creating web design comps—in particular SmartObjects, Text rendering options, and Layer Comps.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 06, 2014

Creating an Animated Theater Curtain (Part 3)

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Last week Bert showed us how to create an animated theater curtain. This week we’ll learn how to add a spotlight to the scene and animate the rising of the curtain to reveal a presentation behind it.

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