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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 John Roshell | Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Making of a Comic Book Page: Start to Finish

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San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing this weekend. For nearly 150,000 people, it’s a chance to dress up as a Stormtrooper, or a zombie, or a zombie Stormtrooper, and get the skinny on the latest video games, comic books, and movies.

But for those of us who work in the comics industry, Comic-Con is our annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with the people we collaborate with the rest of the year. Back in the days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, comic books were created start to finish in one big office. But now writers, artists, letterers and colorists—like creative folk in many fields—can live and work wherever we like.

For example, the Eisner Award-winning comic Astro City is written by Kurt Busiek in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, drawn by Brent Anderson in the San Francisco Bay Area, colored by Alex Sinclair in San Diego, lettered by me and my Comicraft cohorts in Santa Barbara, and coordinated by editors Kristy Quinn and Molly Mahan at the DC Comics office in Burbank. The comic and its creative team celebrate Astro City’s 20th anniversary next month, so our system must be working!

Here’s a peek behind the scenes at how Astro City is produced, from the moment the script is finished until files are delivered to the publisher for printing.

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

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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 Deke McClelland | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!

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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 David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

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Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Jan Kabili | Friday, May 08, 2015

After the Shoot: New Photo Tools Series Offers Quick Tips

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Learn new image-editing techniques in just a few minutes each week with our new series Photo Tools Weekly.

It’s all about photography after the shoot: tips and techniques to help you work smarter in programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, and with plug-ins and lesser-known apps, too.

Each week photographer Jan Kabili will focus on a post-processing technique or powerful app you can use to enhance your photos or improve your post-capture workflow. Each movie is 10 minutes or less—bite-sized and to the point.

Jan tells us who it’s for, why she created it, and what she’ll cover:

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