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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Create a Realistic Paper Texture in Photoshop

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Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.

In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

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Recreate one of most famous, priceless stamps in history—in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. The first dedicated airmail stamp, printed in 1918, is already highly collectible. But one sheet is more valuable than the rest. Due to a printing error, the plane was printed upside down, resulting in the so-called “inverted Jenny” stamp. A single stamp from this sheet now approaches the $1-million mark at auction.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Create Vibrant Colors with Camera Raw — and Deke's Techniques

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Last week in Deke’s Techniques, you learned how to create a displacement map that, when applied to an image, makes the model appear as if she were standing behind a sheet of ribbed glass.

This effect is similar to the one used on the iconic cover art for Madonna’s MDNA album—but chances are your image still doesn’t look as vibrant as Madonna’s.

So this week, Deke shows how to infuse the portrait with brilliant “nightclub” colors using Camera Raw and a gradient fill layer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fragment a Photo Through Ribbed Glass — Madonna-Style

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This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.

This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015

She Traded the Midwest for a Tropical Island — with lynda.com

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How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?

With help from lynda.com, of course.

“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”

Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.

“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”

Here’s how she made it work.

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