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Deke's Techniques: Turn Day to Night

As usual at this time of year, Deke is spending an inordinate amount of time dedicated to Halloween-themed techniques. In the latest free episode (and three follow up movies) of Deke's Techniques, Deke turns the daylight dwelling on the left into a haunted house on the right, replete with backlit windows, a bat-filled nighttime sky, and, of course, a ghost in the window. Even if you're not a Halloween freak like Deke, this video will give you some mad masking skills that are useful all year 'round. And if you're not a member, you can get a 10-day trial by signing up at

More Photoshop One-on-One on the Way


Deke's Techniques: Create a Bat-Faced Moon for Halloween (Photoshop or Illustrator)

Deke's joy of haunty holidays can never be contained to just one week or one project. In last week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrated how to use layer effects, vector masks, and the Warp mode of the Free Transform tool in Photoshop to make this delightful bat-faced moon composition
For members (or those who take advantage of the free 10-day trial at, Deke has an exclusive video in which he makes a cartoonish Illustrator-based version of the bat-faced moon. You can see how to create these bat-shapes using simple addition, subtraction, and intersection of primitive shapes (no drawing skill required). For some reason, I find this one even more awesomely creepy. 

Deke's Techniques: Gooey Green Slime Text

The Halloween tradition has been going on for a while around here, and so this week's Deke on Repeat flashback technique features this green slimy text from Deke's Techniques 267. These delightfully drippy letters were a riff off the ones created in Deke's Techniques 266, then made green and gooey in an exclusive movie. Remember, if you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at

The Photoshop Conference Comes to Denver

After all that trickery, we're ready for a the form of our beloved Colorado being invaded by some of the best Photoshop (and InDesign) instructors around (including Deke, of course) at The Photoshop Conference. This particular Photoshop program is designed expressly for designers, and we can't wait to meet you. Members of the dekeCommunity get $100 of their registration by entering the promo code DEKE when they register
Besides watching scary movies and creating ghoulish imagery, Deke's been busy in the recording studio working on new Deke's Techniques episodes and the Advanced offering of his Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One course at If you haven't brought your skills to the advanced level, you can check out Photoshop CC 2015: Fundamentals, which is already tearing up the charts in the library. Don't forget you can get a free 10-day subscription by going to which will give you a chance to check out Deke's teaching style.

Meanwhile, not only have we streamlined the newsletter, but we're working closely with an awesome team to bring you new features at the website in 2016. We appreciate all the support of the dekeCommunity and are looking forward to a more immersive interaction with our beloved, sassy, smart dekeOpolitans.

And although it comes at the end of the newsletter now, Deke still sends all his virtual love.

Speaker of the Deke
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