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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.

By Seán Duggan | Saturday, March 07, 2015

Coffee, Mud, & Asphalt: Create That 'Distressed Photo' Look

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There are two great ways to give your images a distressed photo feel with Photoshop.

Last week, I showed you how to do it by appropriating the textural damage and deterioration found in actual vintage images.

Now I’ll show you how—if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and with a little thought—you can also create your own distressed and damaged textures from scratch. It’s kind of fun!

By Seán Duggan | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Use Damage Textures to Create a Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

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As photographers, we go to great lengths to make our photographs look “perfect.”

But sometimes the presence of obvious imperfections and even traces of physical damage can add intriguing qualities to an image and make it more interesting than a clean, polished version.

I’m going to show you where to find that antique or distressed look—and how to add it to your images for a vintage photo effect.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turn an MRI Scan into a 3D Volume in Photoshop

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This week Deke’s Techniques gets personal as Deke assembles images from an MRI scan of his own knee into a volumetric object or 3D volume in Photoshop CC!

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 19, 2015

What's the Coolest Thing You Ever Made with Photoshop?

For two decades, Photoshop has been an essential part of lynda.com training.

To celebrate the tool’s 25th anniversary, we’ve created lots of brand new Photoshop tutorials and documentaries for you. Visit our Photoshop tribute page for tons of new tricks and artist interviews.

But first—we asked our Photography and Design authors, “What’s the coolest thing you ever made with Photoshop?

Here’s what they showed us.

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