Deke McClelland

Deke McClelland

Photoshop expert, trainer, author.

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Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print.

One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

In 2004 Deke created the One-on-One™ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. In addition to the full 20-plus hour Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, his plans include Illustrator One-on-One and InDesign One-on-One. Among Deke's current lynda.com videos are Photoshop Elements 5 Essentials and the #1 ranked Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks (available for immediate viewing at www.lynda.com/deke).

Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two super-powered boys.

Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
November 2010
Print: $49.99

Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
July 2010
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Photoshop Elements 8 One-on-One Photoshop Elements 8 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland, Colleen Wheeler
November 2009
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $35.99

Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
January 2009
Print: $49.99

Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland, David Futato
November 2008
Print: $49.99

Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
October 2008
Print: $49.99

Adobe InDesign CS3 One-on-One Adobe InDesign CS3 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
December 2007
Print: $54.99

Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
June 2007
Print: $49.99

Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
February 2006
Print: $44.99

Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
November 2005
Print: $34.95

Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
July 2005
Print: $39.95

Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
April 2005
Print: $34.95

Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
September 2004
Print: $44.95

Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
February 2004
Print: $39.95

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dekeBytes: Yes, I Dare to Make a Photoshop CS4 Wish List

In 2002, I wrote a preview of Adobe Photoshop 7 for a popular computer magazine. Although I praised the program for its file browser, expanded Brushes palette, and healing tools, I lamented its lack of ambition in the parametric department.... read more

dekeBytes: Suddenly, Photoshop's Brightness/Contrast Does Not Suck

One of the more surprising new features of Photoshop CS3 is the Brightness/Contrast command, which has gone from being one of the worst features to one that is actually quite useful. I'll show you what I mean with this example.... read more

dekeBytes: Introduction to a Bridge 2 (Far)

Bridge CS3 (already in dot-release, 2.1, as I write this) is the new version of the Adobe Bridge that ships with Photoshop CS3, the other individual CS3 applications, and the six, count them six, skews of Creative Suite 3. While... read more

New Course: Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC

April 03 2014

Deke's latest course at lynda.com is a quick (for Deke) celebration of the new improved ways of drawing in Illustrator CC. In just four short chapters and under 2 hours, Deke runs through the new features that will make you better, (stronger), and faster at drawing with Illustrator. Here's what's… read more

New Course: Introducing Photoshop, the Photographer's Edition

February 28 2014

The massive power of Photoshop can be intimidating if you're just starting out. Sometimes relationships (like yours with Photoshop) can be helped by an introduction from a trusted friend. For those of you who'd like to see what a little Photoshop knowhow can do for your Photography, Deke's got a… read more

The Much Ballyhooed All-Adobe Workflow

December 18 2007

For most of the 1990s, the design market was shared by three programs: page-layout software QuarkXPress, image editor Adobe Photoshop, and drawing application Macromedia FreeHand. (Some shops preferred Illustrator, but FreeHand tended to be the more popular choice of page... read more

Black and White Options in Photoshop CS3

July 25 2007

In a world that is saturated with color, there is something about the elegant simplicity of black-and-white imagery that gets right to the heart of things. The removal of color allows our eyes and minds to focus on subtleties of... read more

My new slot on NAPP TV

July 04 2007

A few weeks ago, Scott Kelby, editor of Photoshop User magazine, invited me to submit a 5-minute technique for his weekly NAPP TV podcast (formerly Photoshop TV). It was a tough decision: Say "yes" and become a regular adjunct on... read more

dekeBytes: Palettes Aren't Panels (Vampires Aren't Zombies)

June 15 2007

With the release of its CS3 products, Adobe has once again ever so slightly shifted its official marketing and documentation language. The newest casualty? Palettes. Palettes no longer exist. The word "palettes" has been struck from the Adobe lexicon. Those... read more

dekeBytes: Photomerge Also No Longer Sucks

May 31 2007

Sorry I couldn't stop by last week, but I was busy fearlessly leading my crackerjack team in the final throes of getting the latest edition of my book, Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, off to the printer. (An excuse or a... read more

dekeBytes: Photomerge Also No Longer Sucks

May 31 2007

Sorry I couldn't stop by last week, but I was busy fearlessly leading my crackerjack team in the final throes of getting the latest edition of my book, Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, off to the printer. (An excuse or a... read more

dekeBytes: Go See My Video Blog

May 17 2007

Just wanted y'all to know: In addition to this here HTML version of dekeBytes, there's a new video version of dekeBytes as well. One's up now, and another goes up tomorrow. The movies are short, between 3 and 5 minutes,... read more

Fusing Two Images, Automatically!

May 10 2007

This new feature in Photoshop CS3 allows you to automatically align multiple images captured from a single vantage point, even if you shot them without a tripod. For instance, let's say we have these pictures of me and my wife,... read more

dekeBytes: Your Basic Smart Filter Mask

May 03 2007

Last week, I showed you how to use Smart Filters, a new feature in Photoshop CS3, to apply non-destructive filter effects to an image. Well, just as you can use layer masks with adjustment layers, you can apply masks... read more

dekeBytes: Welcome to Smart Filters

April 25 2007

Last week, I talked about how long I'd been waiting the arrival of Smart Filters. In this installment of dekeBytes, I'll give you a sense for how this new feature in Photoshop CS3 works by applying some detail sharpening... read more

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"This book is beautifully designed, and uses timeless typography techniques.... I enjoyed the subtle design details, such as how the figures are positioned on the page organically, and not always relegated strictly to the sidebar. Some of the large artistic figures even bleed off the page, which is unusual for a technical book. This type of graphic treatment makes the book feel more fun and magazine-like, and less like a technical software book."
--Kelly Vaughn, Document Geek

"Nice reading...It is very comprehensive and includes lots of material for beginner to intermediate users."
--Steve Hammond, MyMac Magazine

"In Deke McClelland’s new book, you’ll find the perfect instruction manual. Instead of a laborious “this is the text tool, and when you click it, you can type text” method of instruction, you get practical real work examples. With plenty of illustrations and screen-shots, it’s easy for the beginner or the advanced Photoshop user to follow along and duplicate the results."
--Doug Bardwell, The Traveling Tripod

"When it comes to Photoshop Deke McClelland is clearly the guru's guru."
--Brian Seed, The Picture Professional, Issue 4, 2010

"The book presents excellent coverage of Photoshop’s essential skills as well as in-depth discussions of less mainstream topics."
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society, February 2011, Volume 29, Number 2

"..a powerful pick for any Photoshop user!"
--Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch: The Photography Shelf

"Are you an independent graphic artist, designer or digital photographer: professional or amateur? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Deke McClelland , has done an outstanding job of writing a book that walks you through Photoshop just as if he was teaching you in a classroom or in a corporate consulting environment."
--John Vacca, Amazon.com

"I have enjoyed and profited from every Deke McClelland book/video package I have picked up. "
--Brett Merkey, Amazon.com

"If you're already using Elements and need to explore more of the functions it offers, Deke's book illustrates some great ways to explore creativity with Photoshop Elements. "
--Steve Hammond, MyMac.com

"Overall I was very much impressed with Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual. I intend to keep it close at hand from now on."
--Joseph Chabot, D-MAG.org (Digital Media Artists Group)

"All-in-all, this is a terrific offering from one of the top photoshop guru's. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to expand their repertoire and learn new, time saving techniques in Adobe Photoshop."
--Joseph Chabot, D-MAG.org (Digital Media Artists Group)

"This title will tell you everything you need to know about the creative and practical capabilities of Photoshop's channels and layer masks, all at your own pace, which makes it an invaluable resource. "
--Advanced Photoshop, Issue 58

"So this book seems the most current must-have, uthoritative source for learning all thing Channels and Masks. Deke has outdone himself on this one!"
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society

"Good job, Deke McClelland! "
--Linda Lange, WebWeaverWoman.com, Austin Adobe User Group

"Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks is presented in usual McClelland style - a little bit humorous, a little bit serious, and a whole lot of informative education... If you want to learn the techniques of the selection masters, then I very highly recommend Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks."
--T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics Magazine

"Tips & Tricks is a good step-by-step reference for common image editing chores that might be just beyond a patron’s grasp. "
--Steve McCann, The Tech Static

"As a classroom supplement, online course text or just a personal workbook, it can't be beat!"
--Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch: The Photography Shelf

"This practical and considerate title leaves little to chance, dissecting important features and functions into meticulous, bite-sized resources for readers to follow at their own pace. Essentially, this title will become an integrated training device to accompany your new software..."
--Advanced Photoshop, Issue 52

"...All this makes it more than a book, its a multimedia experience where you can see the face and hear the voice of the author of this excellent Photoshop tutorial guide. Whether you're a beginner or a Photoshop pro, you're bound to pick up new tricks from using this book. "
--Photoshop Creative Issue 44, January 2009

"I like to use two different book series to learn my software: the Classroom in a Book series from rival publisher Peachpit, and these one-on-one guides from O'Reilly. However, if you put me on an island and I just had a computer, software, and some books. I would choose the one-on-ones to bring with me. Mainly, because they have always had a much better method of teaching practical application of the software’s functionality rather than just teaching the interface. With books from Deke, you know you will leave with more than a handful of golden nuggets that will help you work with the software better, and faster."
--Joseph Chabot, D-MAG.org (Digital Media Artists Group)