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By Deke McClelland | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!

Facebook cover photo

Over the past few weeks on Deke’s Techniques, I’ve been focusing on how to create an impeccable, integrated, and (dare I say) slightly ingenious Facebook cover photo — in which the cover image at the top of your Facebook page is in perfect alignment with your profile picture.

I’ve measured every angle, considered every interface element, and ultimately crafted a Photoshop template you can use for your own page. Here’s how:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creating the Perfect Facebook Cover Photo — with Deke

make your Facebook cover photo match your profile pic

You may have carefully chosen your profile picture, but is your Facebook cover photo an afterthought? Take your cover to the next level with these tips from Deke McClelland.

Deke has carefully mapped out the exact dimensions of the layout for Facebook personal pages, which he reviewed in detail in last week’s technique.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Facebook Cover Photo Size — Made Easy

facebook cover photo size specifications

Want to create a custom Facebook cover—and match it to your profile picture?

Facebook has updated the layout of user profiles and made quite a few more changes under the hood since Deke last covered this topic in Deke’s Techniques.

So in this video, Deke covers the latest and greatest Facebook cover photo size and dimensions, providing measurements for every tiny detail, from the space taken up by your name to the gradient that appears over the lower third of the cover photo.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Handing Off Your Design to a Professional Printer

before sending your design to a professional printer ...

Last week, Deke took a design from his Creating and Adapting a Logo course and showed us how to optimize the colors for print using three Pantone-based spot colors, which he separated into three different channels in Photoshop.

This week he’ll show you how to hand off your design to a professional printer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Render a Logo with Spot Colors in Photoshop

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In his new course, Creating and Adapting a Logo, Deke shows how to reconfigure a logo for many different types of projects—from web-based banner ads to printed business cards.

However, when you transition a logo from a digital format to print, you can’t only adjust the design. You also need to optimize the colors for print. RGB and CMYK colors simply won’t survive the transition to real-world inks.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, he’ll show how to take a logo with text and photographic details and render it with spot colors in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Photoshop an Underwater Shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Enhancing a shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Deke McClelland has been diving and shooting underwater photography for over 20 years. This year, he brought a GoPro HERO Black to Honduras, where he shot most of the images featured in his course, Enhancing Underwater Photographs in Photoshop.

This little camera doesn’t auto-adjust images on the go. But this is good news for videographers and photographers.

Without in-camera corrections, you have all the data you need to properly adjust the image in Camera Raw and Photoshop. And Deke shows you how in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Create a Realistic Paper Texture in Photoshop

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Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.

In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

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