Photoshop Top 40

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop Top 40
Video duration: 0s 7h 12m Intermediate


There's nothing people love more than lists, and Photoshop Top 40 offers a great one, highlighting the best features in Photoshop. Deke McClelland counts down to #1, detailing one great feature after another in this popular digital imaging application. The videos cover tools, commands, and concepts, emphasizing what's really important in Photoshop.

Topics include:
  • Assembling multiple pieces of artwork with layer comps
  • Creating a black-and-white image from a color photograph
  • Merging multiple channels to create an alpha channel with calculations
  • Selecting images with the Pen tool
  • Masking images using the Brush tool
Design Photography


(Music playing) Deke's Photoshop? Deke's Photoshop? Top 40! Hello and welcome to our first regular video blog at, Photoshop Top 40. I am your host, Deke McClelland. Over the next 40 weeks I will be presenting you with a countdown of Photoshop's 40 most essential features, starting at the bottom with number 40 and working our way up to number 1. Some are tools, others commands, still others are largely conceptual. But all are absolutely essential capabilities, the bread and butter of Photoshop, the stuff that makes it work, and you work inside it.

And with very few exceptions, every feature works the same in Photoshop CS3 as it does in CS4, and as I assume it will in future versions. Now, if you know anything about Photoshop, you know it offers more than 40 features. In fact, it's probably closer to 40,000. So an awful lot didn't make the cut. Photoshop CS4's sexy new Content-Aware Scale command. Lots of potential, but not essential. Reduce Noise, the Preset Manager, the Sponge tool, nope, nope, and nope.

Vibrance, too minor. Photomerge, too niche. Canvas Size, too tacky. The Magic Wand tool? I get it, you were joking. Here is how exclusive the Top 40 club is. The Clipboard commands didn't make it. That's right. Copy and Paste didn't make the cut. So you have a sense. The 40 surviving features are the real deals. These are the features that over time have proven themselves to be the most essential ingredients in Photoshop, the ones you cannot survive without.

So it's a little bit of fun, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of gimmick, but listen, serious. Join me for a few minutes each week and you will know the most important aspects of Photoshop in record time. Next week, Photoshop feature number 40. What do you suppose it will be?

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