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By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transforming Photos with Photoshop LAB Color Mode

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Some people think Photoshop’s Lab color mode is destructive, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, Lab color mode allows you to make the smoothest possible levels adjustments—corrections that can’t even be seen in the image’s histogram.

How? The trick, as Deke reveals in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, lies in converting to Lab, applying your adjustments, and converting back to RGB.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Be a Whiz at Blending Motion Photographs

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An object in motion rarely stays in motion—unless you can capture it with a camera midstride.

Photographing a fast-moving object is a great way to pin it down, and shooting a series of images tells a story about its journey. You don’t need a tripod; telltale streaks of motion blur amp up the artistic effect. And by blending the photos together with Adobe Photoshop, you can create an even more dynamic image, like this image of the London Underground.

Find out exactly how it was created in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Achieving Real Pointillism with the Photoshop Pointillize Filter

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The Photoshop Pointillize filter is not considered one of its more impressive effects, usually because the results are a disappointing mesh of dots on a flat white background.

But you can achieve a more credible pointillism effect with three passes of the filter using white, black, and grey color swatches and some well-chosen blending modes. While this technique won’t make you an Impressionist master á la George Seurat, it takes just a few minutes to pull off—as Deke shows in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 04, 2015

An Optical Illusion in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

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Which way is up?!

When you see the orthogonal pattern in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, you might not be able to provide an answer.

Because of an interesting optical effect (a combination of a repeating tile pattern and some clever shading), it appears as if any given row in the design is simultaneously coming toward you and receding away.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Creating Orthogonal Cubes with Illustrator's Line Segment Tool

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Learn how to draw an orthogonal cube pattern with one of the simplest tools in Adobe Illustrator: the Line Segment tool.

In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to build a “boxed tower” illustration that interlocks with itself. And it all starts with a single line!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Extracting a Photo from a Smart Object in Photoshop

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Even the most important image files can be misplaced or deleted.

Sometimes, in our haste to keep our desktops neat and organized, we delete photos after we’re finished touching them up. Or we might delete images from our phones to free up storage space, only to regret it moments later.

The good news is that once an image is brought into Photoshop and converted into a Smart Object—a must if you’re following a nondestructive workflow—the original unmodified photo is still accessible.

And in this short, sweet episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you exactly how to get to it.

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, July 06, 2015

Combining Color and Gradient Overlays in Photoshop CC


Learn how to infuse an entire composition with color and depth using multiple overlays—only in Photoshop CC 2015.

In this week’s quick episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to double up your effects for more vibrant color and reflectivity.

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.

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