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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Delete Paragraphs Tabs — with InDesign Secrets

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Macs and PCs aren’t typewriters! But people still add spaces or tabs to the beginning of paragraphs in their documents. Unfortunately, it then falls to you, the designer, to remove them for layout in InDesign.

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 Terry Lee Stone | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Designers: 4 Questions to Answer When Working with Clients

Working with clients: Get to know them first

Developing a strong working relationship with your clients means really getting to know them.

In most cases, design is just one of many pieces of a larger puzzle your client needs to solve. Try to understand your project’s place in the larger picture and how it fits into your client’s larger business goals.

The best relationship to establish with your primary client contact is as trusted collaborator—and that means getting to know what makes them tick.

Be sure you can answer these four questions before you begin working with clients:

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 Scott Erickson | Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bert Monroy Reveals New Digital Painting at Adobe MAX

 

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As thousands of Adobe MAX attendees streamed to their sessions this week at the Los Angeles Convention center, they were greeted at the top of the stairs by an impressive new piece of art from digital artist Bert Monroy.

From a distance it looks like a simple photograph of a canal in Amsterdam on a foggy day—but when you get closer and see the intense amount of detail at every level, you realize this is no photograph. Every pixel in this giant image was created from scratch in Adobe Photoshop.

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 Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Designers: Essential Tips for Presenting to Clients

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When you develop creative solutions for a client, you’re generating answers to whatever problem was described in the creative brief. When you’ve reached a point at which client feedback or approval is required, it’s time to present the work to your client and see if you’ve hit the mark.

As most experienced creative folks will confirm, even the most brilliant work won’t really “speak for itself”—not entirely, at least.

When you’re presenting to clients, how you show your creative work might just be as important as the work itself.

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