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Deke McClelland Sings and Dances His Way Through Photoshop Tips

(June 2008) posted on Mon Jun 30, 2008


"101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes" certainly is not a typical tutorial on Photoshop tricks. This music video features electronic publishing pioneer and Adobe Photoshop lecturer Deke McClelland, who likes to present the information in a very entertaining, enthusiastic, attention-grabbing, and possibly laugh-inducing manner. The video kicks off Deke's new video podcast series called dekePod, where he sings, leaps, dances, and kickboxes his way through hundreds of useful Photoshop tricks. The video is sponsored by O'Reilly Media and www.lynda.com and is designed not only to entertain, but also capture the zany, intense enthusiasm important to creative endeavors.

"This has long seemed like an obvious idea to me," Deke says. "Come up with 101 Photoshop Tips, rattle them off in precisely five minutes, and set them to music. I didn't see anyone else doing it, so I figured I better do it myself." Deke is the creator of O'Reilly's One-on-One book series that uses video, step-by-step exercises, and full-color illustrations.

"When I was writing the piece, I kept coming back to Nada Surf's 'Popular'...I didn't want my 101 Tips piece to come off as some kind of parody or homage, so I hooked up with this amazing band called The Jellybricks, and we rewrote the tune and made it our own. The result is an authentic music video with a make-or-break story line. If there's any humor in it, it's because I'm taking my ridiculous task so extremely seriously."

"101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes" and the upcoming dekePod episodes are produced by San Francisco-based Flying Moose Pictures. View the video at www.digitalmedia.oreilly.com/dekePod.


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