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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 Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 09, 2014

Create an Animated Spotlight

Brick Wall

This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.

His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.

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 Kristin Ellison | Saturday, May 03, 2014

Creating an Embroidered Veil

Create an embroidered veil with Photoshop

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to create an embroidered veil with depth.

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 Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 25, 2014

Wrap a Pattern Around a 3D Object

Goblet 45

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to wrap a pattern around a 3D object—in this case, a simple wine goblet.

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