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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting Away 'Clarity Halos' in Camera Raw

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“Clarity halos” are what Deke calls it when the Clarity value in Camera Raw or Lightroom is increased beyond its normal threshold—resulting in unnaturally bright halos around edges or areas of rapid luminance transition in your photography.

Deke may have coined the name for this phenomenon, butas he points out, it’s a fairly common and recognizable problem—one he’ll show you how to solve in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

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, August 28, 2014

Raw vs. JPEG in Photoshop: A Practical View

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We humans always need some issue to take sides on. For photographers, the Great Debate is whether to shoot in Raw or JPEG mode.

The answer to the question is yes: You can make great photos using either format.

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 Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mastering exposure in Camera Raw: Deke's Techniques

Mastering exposure in Camera Raw

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

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.

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