Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop
Deke uses Photoshop's ability to tween between layers in the Timeline panel to make an instructive graphic.

Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 534: Animating Layers by Tweening in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to animate by tweening layers in Photoshop. Yes, Photoshop.

Lest you think that Deke lives in a world where you just make cool stuff for the fun of it, this cool thing was actually created in the service of an upcoming course that Deke (and our talented friend Hergen Spalink of gotmuck.com) has created on underwater photography.

The goal was to animate what happens inside a digital camera when you use the x-sync feature to capture fish in motion. Like this:

But of course, Deke can't just leave all the artistry underwater. He has to get out of the water and get to Photoshop to illustrate what he just did.

In particular, he uses the Timeline panel in Photoshop to tween between various states of the slats of a camera curtain falling down to expose the sensor and the strobe going off. Smile, fishies!

Rear Sync animation

The calm way Deke approaches making the blades of the camera curtain go down, adding a "flash" of white, and then having all the slats fall back into place, requires some patience I'm not sure I have. But even I have to admit that the final effect is not only cool, but usefully instructive.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to tween new layers across existing frames. If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Deke's Techniques, bringing you (tweened) layers of instruction every week.

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Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke finally finishes the sketched portrait he promised me by taking that line drawing that was absolutely slaved over inside Adobe Photoshop Sketch (starting two weeks ago), bringing it into the actual real Photoshop, and combining it with the actual real photograph here in order to create an awesome portrait if I do say so myself.

Deke describes it thusly:

"Now what I love about this is notice the detail inside the face. Compare that with the relative lack of detail in the line drawing and the great thing about this detail is we don't have to draw it. We can just cheat, oops, I mean combine the two photographs inside Photoshop."

A photo, a sketch traced in Adobe Sketch, and then combined for a portrait.

I, however, see it this way. Take a tired photo of me, draw an attractive but crazy eyed cartoon version from it, then combine the two in order to make a delightfully attractive avatar.

If you're not a member of lynda.com, and you'd like to watch all the movies in this project (or anything else in the world of dekeCourses), you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Hey, Gang.

Still phoning it in from vacation this week, only this time not quite so literally. We are at last returned home to beautiful Boulder so my internet is fully restored. But I'm still scraping the sand and sun from the California coast out of all of our luggage. No matter, Deke's still at work on a portrait in Adobe Sketch. Check it out! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Hey, Gang. Going to literally phone it in this week due to being on vacation and that vacation landing in Big Sur, CA (a land with less internet connectivity that parts of Indonesia and almost as little access to electricity). On the not phoning it in front, check out Deke's Techniques this week that features advice for how to trace a photo in Adobe Sketch, and a follow up movie that shows how he added my facial features to the sketch. See you when we get home from our lovely California adventure! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 526: Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Deke's Techniques 526: Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch

In this week's free Deke's Techniques, Deke takes a first look at his favorite of the Adobe apps, Photoshop Sketch, which allows you to draw anywhere with natural-style tools. Adobe doesn't actually use the word "mobile" here, but it's designed for iPhone and iPad. And I'm not sure how mobile it is when Deke's iPad Pro is so big we like to refer to it as the iPlatter.

Regardless, here is a drawing he made and joyously colored to share his exuberance for  the CreativePro Conference that simultaneously shares Deke's enchantment with this app:

An almost Seussian representation of the Creative Pro logo for Creative Pro Conference 2016

Anyway, Adobe Sketch (and the aforementioned iPad and Apple Pencil) is officially Deke's favorite way to indulge his virtual drawing desires.

In this episode, you'll get a general orientation to:

  • How to choose your brush from the variety of virtual implements available.
  • How to use and set the various attributes of those brush settings.
  • How to select colors and lift colors from within your artwork.
  • How to add/delete pages to/from your project.
  • And if you're a member of Lynda.com, he's got more tips and tricks in this week's exclusive movie.

If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial subscription to check it out by signing up at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

Deke's Techniques, helping you have a satisfying drawing experience without using any paper products.

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