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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Create the Look of Chiseled Letters in Photoshop

Create a chiseled letters effect in Photoshop

Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.

Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deke's Techniques: A Romantic Island for Valentine's Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, Deke takes the silky smooth photograph of the island he distilled from grainy GoPro footage in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, and fine-tunes it in Photoshop CC.

The result? A romantic landscape that will carry you away… even in the dead of winter.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Smoothing Grainy Images with Photoshop Stack Modes

Smooth a grainy image like this one with Photoshop stack modes

Need to salvage grainy video from your GoPro camera or smartphone? In this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to smooth away the visual noise from low-light or low-quality movies and walk away with a single stunning image, using Photoshop stack modes.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Correcting Brightness for Print — with Deke's Techniques

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When you create vibrant, continuous color artwork (like the flowering origami pattern shown in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques), you inevitably encounter problems when it comes to printing.

In particular, you might see banding in areas where colors transition and a general darkening effect. But it’s not a calibration problem; it’s a gamut problem.

The colors you see on your monitor aren’t always printable—even on sophisticated printers. When it comes down to it, you’re better off modifying the artwork than trying to tinker around with inks.

In this week’s free video, Deke shows how to correct brightness for print by taking your vector artwork into Photoshop, where you can better isolate and control the corrections.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 04, 2015

Fitness Resolution for 2015? Learn While You Burn!

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It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.

We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.

The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.

And some of them have even lost weight doing it.

By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015

Two Ways to Create Center Guides in Photoshop

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Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.

To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.

By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Stunning View of Autumn — Using the Glow Plugin

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I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.

The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!

Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.

But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

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Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

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