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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save Your Child's Artwork — Without Cluttering the Fridge

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Every picture your child makes is a work of art. (Of course!)

But storing these precious drawings and paintings can be a pain. The colors fade, the paper disintegrates, and storage space in not infinite—no matter how talented your little artist is.

Happily, you don’t have to toss those paintings. With the help of Adobe Photoshop, you can move artwork off the fridge and onto the web.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Create Your Own Print of a Classic Painting — with No Guilt

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Get prints of classic paintings for your home—without resorting to thievery or forgery—in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke explains the law behind reproductions of works that have fallen out of copyright, like the 1435 painting featured in this video, Saint George Killing the Dragon. The painting itself belongs to the Chicago Institute of Art, where Deke snapped a picture of it, but the image—well, as Deke says, the image “belongs to everybody!” So your conscience can rest easy following along with the instructions in this video.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 29, 2014

Pixel Playground: Create a Billboard in Photoshop

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This week in Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through the process of turning the lynda.com logo into a billboard sitting on the Capitol steps.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raw vs. JPEG in Photoshop: A Practical View

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We humans always need some issue to take sides on. For photographers, the Great Debate is whether to shoot in Raw or JPEG mode.

The answer to the question is yes: You can make great photos using either format.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 22, 2014

Pixel Playground: Spruce Up an Interior Shot

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This week, Bert walks us through how to improve an interior shot by adding a door under the sink, lighting the candle, and cleaning up here and there.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Integrating 3D Art into a 2D Scene in Photoshop

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When you composite 3D models into regular 2D photography, the results can look a little … improbable.

But with some careful shading and masking in Photoshop, Deke shows how you can make 3D models—like this shark created by fellow lynda.com author Ryan Kittleson—look right at home in their new environments.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Improve a Product Shot in Photoshop

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This week in the Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through how to improve a product shot in Photoshop. In this case, it’s by pulling the pouch closer to the corkscrew so it’s clear to buyers that they’re sold together.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photoshop CC: Focus Area

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Ever wonder just what Photoshop CC has to offer you? The Focus Area command is one of Deke’s favorite new Creative Cloud features—and in this episode of Deke’s Techniques he’ll show you how to use Focus Area to extract a subject from the background of a photograph.

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