Deke's Techniques 568: Creating a Doctor Strange-Like Mirror World in Photoshop
Deke goes to the movies then recreates his experience in Photoshop, devising a mirror world like those that Doctor Strange encounters.

Deke's Techniques 568: Creating a Doctor Strange-Like Mirror World in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 568: Creating a Doctor Strange-Like Mirror World in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, our own strange magician, known as Deke, recreates an effect from the visually stunning Doctor Strange movie.

You can imagine what it's like going to the movies with Deke and having him mentally note all the things he wants to try when he gets back to Photoshop. In this case, it's the twisted mirror world effect of the cityscapes in the film.

Imagery from Doctor Strange

Using smart objects and vector masks, Deke is able to turn this photo of the Hong Kong skyline (courtesy of Dreamstime):

Hong Kong skyline via Dreamstime.com/deke.php

Into this bent and refracted world:

Mirror world

If you're a member of Lynda.com and you follow Deke's foresight in exploiting Photoshop's smart objects, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he demonstrates how to swap out your Hong Kong for, say Shanghai...

Impossible higways

or Chicago.

Chicago mirror world

Or whichever mirror world you want to create. With your mind. (And Photoshop.)

If you're not a member, you can get a 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke with which you can watch this exclusive movie, the entire collection of Deke's Techniques, or anything your visually creative mind can find in the Lynda.com library. 

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Deke's Techniques 566: An MC Escher-esque Hex Pattern in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 566: An MC Escher-esque Hex Pattern in Illustrator

Greetings from La Paz, Mexico, my dekeOmpañeros. In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, you'll see how Deke finally puts his MC Escher-inspirted shape from last week into a seamlessly repeating pattern in Illustrator.

The main trick Deke shows you here is to figure out the size of your hexagon based on your desired base shape. Then you plug those values into Illustrator and voila---in Deke's case---interlocking dancing troglodytes.

An Escher-inspired hex pattern in Adobe Illustrator

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to create some matching pattern variations. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by going to lynda.com/deke.

Isolate one part of the tesslation with a different color

Meanwhile, this is what's going on around here. Deke finally unlocked one of his life's sought-after achievements. Whale sharks!


Whale sharks in La Paz

Yes, we are thankful for big fish! Flying home tomorrow to be thankful for our families (and yours) as well.

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Deke's Techniques 564: Creating an MC Escher-esque Shape in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 564: Creating an MC Escher-esque Shape in Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create an interlocking shape that will eventually become a hex patterned homage to MC Escher.

Using Adobe Illustrator and a handy hexagonal guide, Deke shows you how to create dynamic rotations for each side of the hexagon, not only ensuring that your image will eventually interlock with itself, but allow you to change your mind about the shape down the road.

A hex shape interlocking with itself

So, if Deke's troglodytes aren't your up of tea, you could do something closer to Escher's clowns (tessellating clowns are even scarier!)

Escher's interlocking clowns

Or adapt the techniques to a quad pattern to make something like these lovely calming fishes:

Interlocking MC Escher fish

If you're a member of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive follow-up movie this week in which he shows you how to make sure your subjects rotate with all their (crazy) detail intact. (Hey, are those dudes wearing monocles?) If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke.

Detail on an interlocking pattern in Adobe Illustrator

And next week we'll see how it all comes together in a mesmerizing tessellating pattern.

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Deke's Techniques 562: Creating an American Flag in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 562: Creating an American Flag in Photoshop

Well, our freedoms cannot be impinged upon here in dekeLand. And so, I bring you the official free Deke's Techniques episode this week, in which Deke celebrates the glorious if fatigued stars and stripes.

And if you're a member of Lynda.com, you can dekeDive into a bonus movie this week which covers making the most precise star placement for your flag. Because we deserve the best today. It's been a long summer.

If you're not a member of Lynda.com, you can exert your freedom by signing up at lynda.com/deke for a free 10-day trial in which you can catch not only this week's exclusive movie, but any movie in the entire land of Deke's Techniques.

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Deke Flies a Photoshop Flag for Election Day

My brother and sister dekeItarians. You might have noticed that today is Election Day here in the USA. To celebrate the end of an excruciating season, Deke has created a flag for today's Deke's Techniques episode---an American flag that is meticulously crafted by Deke, legendarily designed by an American woman, and may or may not have survived a few shards of broken glass thrown its way in the past year.

An American flag projected on glass in Photoshop

I'll be back with the full run-down tomorrow. If you're an American who's already voted you can catch a the episode here before it's on Lynda.com. If you're a dekeOpolitan outside the US, watch the video and wish us luck and a quick recovery. See you in what I hope is a new tomorrow, tomorrow. Read more » 

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