Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge—Call for Entries!

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Create an Original Training Video for Photoshop, Illustrator, or Any Software Combo--Prizes Include Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium. Ten winners will be selected including three grand prize winners. To enter and for more details:

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium

Prizes Include: Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium

"I'm challenging students, educators, and professionals to create their own unique techniques for any of three contests," states Deke McClelland. "They stand to win a treasure trove of digital imaging software, coveted subscriptions and gear."

Today, the ultimate quest for talent begins with dekeOnline’s launch of Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge, a unique competition to identify the best training videos in each of three independent contests. Over the course of six weeks, contestants will create movies documenting exciting techniques on the topics of computer graphics and digital imaging. Contestants will compete for a treasure trove of software, gear, and coveted subscriptions. Ten winners will be selected, including seven finalists and three Grand Prize winners, one for each category. Among other prizes, each Grand Prize winner will receive the full Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium package from Adobe. In total, the prize packages are valued at over $25,000.

In the last 18 months, Deke McClelland has created over 150 Photoshop and Illustrator videos for Deke’s Techniques, his popular weekly video series on Now he’s challenging students, educators, and professionals to create their own unique techniques for any of three contests: The Photoshop Challenge, The Illustrator Challenge, and Anything Goes, in which contestants can submit techniques using any software they like.

To enter and for more details:

What and when: Each contestant is invited to create a training video documenting an original artistic technique inspired by at least three episodes of Deke’s Techniques. A contestant may submit one video up to 10 minutes long per contest. Each contest lasts two weeks or 101 entries, whichever comes first.

  •     The Photoshop Challenge: July 17–July 31
  •     The Illustrator Challenge: July 31–August 14
  •     Anything Goes: August 14–August 28

Who should enter? Students, educators, and professional with a passion for design, illustration, and photography.

For inspiration and help producing your own training video:
Go to and watch:

  •     “Deke's Proof of Concept: Pimping Your Ride in Photoshop,” in which Deke transforms a lemon of a car into a hot rod based on five previous Deke’s Techniques
  •     “Welcome to The Challenge,” in which Deke explains the rules
  •     “How to Record a Screen Capture,” in which contestants can learn how to record a basic screencast using either a Mac or PC

Prize packages include:
Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium from Adobe; annual and one-month subscriptions to the library; 6-month subscriptions with daily and monthly downloads from Fotolia; Intuos 5 Professional Pen Tablets from Wacom, Alien Skin Software’s suite of plug-ins for Photoshop; onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 6 and Perfect Effects; TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio 8; Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge laptop sleeve and autographed poster from dekeOnline.

About dekeOnline
dekeOnline is Deke McClelland’s blog and education site, a destination for sharing tips, techniques, and discussion points on computer graphics and design. dekeOnline publishes dekeSpeak, an email newsletter with unique content for subscribers. Deke is an internationally renowned, award-winning instructor with an emphasis on Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D imaging. His top ranking One-on-One series for has established him as one of the most popular video trainers in the world. Visit

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