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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auto-Blending Multiple Depths of Field in Photoshop

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Photographers know that if you want a flatter depth of field, you have to be farther from the subject—and the background.

But in some shooting scenarios, that’s just not possible. You may end up with some shots where the foreground is in focus, and some shots where the background is crisper.

Luckily, if you’re looking for flatter depths of field, there’s a way to combine shots in Photoshop and end up with a pretty decent looking image. The best part: A large part of the process can be automated.

Deke shows us how in this free (and fast!) episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, June 22, 2015

'Gothic Up' a Cathedral in Photoshop and Camera Raw


Last week you watched Deke assemble an incredible interior panorama of the York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

This week he turns his attention to the exterior, taking a humdrum photo of the towers and the cathedral’s ornate windows and turning it into an atmospheric image straight out of the Dark Ages using Photoshop and Camera Raw.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Assembling an Interior Panorama in Photoshop

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When it comes to shooting great architecture, you may know how to capture the facade of buildings. But how do you capture what it feels like to stand inside of them?

Learn how to create astounding, vertical interior panoramas of great historic buildings—like the gothic cathedral featured in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniqueswith this simple, 10-minute Photoshop technique.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Creating a String of Pearls in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

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Learn how to add a unique decorative border to letters or other objects by creating a string of pearls from scratch in Illustrator, using the tricks shown in this week’s Deke’s Techniques.

Deke enhances this sweet and simple “XO” taken from a dingbats font, but you can choose any object with path outlines.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Convert Corner Points to Smooth Points in Illustrator

convert corner points to smooth points in illustrator

Want to achieve more organic-looking results in your drawings? Learn how to convert corner points to smooth points in Illustrator and get the super smooth results you’ve been looking for.

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.

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