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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mask a Caricature Against a New Background

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Last week Deke showed you how to turn a portrait into a crazy carnival-style caricature with Photoshop. This week, he’ll show you how to mask that caricature onto a more dramatic background using the Color Range command, Quick Mask mode, and a layer mask.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Make a Transparency Mask with InDesign

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Most Photoshop and Illustrator users are familiar with the concept of a mask: a layer or selection that hides the artwork immediately beneath it.

Though you won’t find the word “mask” in InDesign, you can still create masking effects with this technique from David Blatner, involving InDesign’s Knockout Group option. He’ll also show you how to edit your masks and preserve them when you export to PDF. Watch the free video below to get started.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 23, 2014

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain (Part 1)

Creating a Rising Theater Curtain

This week Bert shows us how to create a pattern brush that will be used to make a gold tassel for a theater curtain.

He begins by using the Pen tool to draw a bent line, which he then duplicates and shifts up to make a strand within the braid. Next, he duplicates that form, flips it vertically, and lays it over the first strand to create the braid. To give the stands dimension, he adds a bevel and emboss.

By James Fritz | Friday, April 04, 2014

Create a Canvas Texture in Photoshop

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

This week, Bert Monroy wraps up a tutorial series on his digital painting Oyster Bar by showing us how to create a canvas texture from scratch in Photoshop.

By Chris Meyer | Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Previewing the next release of After Effects CC

Previewing the next release of After Effects CC

In preparation for the 2014 NAB Show, Adobe has begun previewing new features slated for the next release of their video applications. I’ve had a chance to work with the upcoming version of After Effects CC, and I’m working on a new chapter for our After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course to demonstrate them. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about some of the goodies planned for this release.

Adobe Premiere Pro integration A main focus of Adobe’s upcoming releases is to strengthen the integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro, making it easier for a Premiere editor to tap into AE’s power. To that end, Adobe is introducing Live Text Templates, allowing you to create a composition (or chain of compositions) that includes text layers; lock the layers you don’t want the editor touching (e.g., the title of a show); and leave the layers you do want them to edit unlocked (such as a name in a lower third). You can then designate the project and this comp as a Template in Composition Settings.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 14, 2014

Creating water ripples in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Creating water ripples in Photoshop

For the next few weeks, Bert is going to take time to share some of the techniques used to great effect in his digital painting Oyster Bar. This week he offers some tips on creating water ripples in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Deleting photobombers with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Delete photobombers with Photoshop

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You’ve got a great location, a great group of friends, a great camera. All the makings of a great shot, right? But you get the file off the camera and onto your computer and lo and behold: a photobomber appears. Some person detracting from the main event, intentionally or not. Happily, with the tools in Adobe Photoshop, you can remove unwanted guests or any other undesired elements from your photographs. You don’t even need the latest version of Photoshop. In fact, in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes you through the old-school method for removing a photobomber from an otherwise fantastic photo. These are results you’re not going to get with Content-Aware Fill, the Patch tool, or even the brand-new Content-Aware Move tool. No, you have to go back to the basics. We’re talking Photoshop version 3, circa 1994 basics. Watch today’s free video to learn how.

By Chris Meyer | Friday, November 15, 2013

After Effects 12.1 Update

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Adobe recently released a nice update to After Effects for Creative Cloud subscribers. Todd Kopriva of Adobe has provided an exhaustive list of what’s new in his blog. I’ve also added to my After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates course on lynda.com to demonstrate my favorites among the new features, including:

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