Auto-hide iconic panels in Photoshop
Deke reveals a Photoshop secret handshake that allows you to auto-hide your iconic panels when you're done working with them.

Deke's Techniques 308: Auto-hiding Iconic Panels in Photoshop

Auto-hide iconic panels in Photoshop

This week's episodes of Deke's Techniques seem to be inspired by a springtime impulse to get organized. (I guess. No one really knows what goes on in the Mind of Deke.) But anyway, in the free movie this week, Deke reveals a secret handshake in Photoshop that allows you to set your icon-represented panels to return to their cryptic icon state after you're done using them.

The feature (a simple checkbox) spring-loads (ha! I told you!) the panel so that it collapses after you're done with it. So, after I've chosen a desired color from the Swatches panel, for instance, I can ensure that it reverts back to the little grid symbol, leaving the bulk of my screen real estate dedicated to my actual image: 

 You can make panels automatically revert to their iconic forms when you're done with them

Not to spoil things for you, but if you're in a hurry, here's the checkbox you want to turn on:  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 305: Simulating Hand-Lettering with Art Brushes

Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke uses a savvy Illustrator-Photoshop combo to create a hand-lettered, distressed effect to increase the realism of last week's Chinese seal project

As you'll see in the video, step one is to grab the paths and their itinerant effects from Illustrator: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 304: Create Your Own Chinese Seal (or Chop)

Create a Personal Chinese Seal in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke sets out to create his own personal Chinese-style seal (or chop) in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with a field of red, Deke adds lines, shapes, and transformation effects until he's created a chop that's truly his own. 

Although you may not need a seal with an abstract take on the words "Deke McClelland" in your own work, the strategy and tools that Deke uses to create his own imprimatur can be easily translated to your own. 

Here's what Deke's symbol looks like at the end of this movie: Read more » 

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New Course: Draw Better and Faster with Illustrator CC

Deke's latest course at 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 covered (along with some links to free unlocked videos so you can check them out yourself).

New Cours: Draw Better and Faster in Illustrator


Chapter 1: The Now-Useful Pencil Tool
Until CC, the Pencil tool in Illustrator never quite worked as a free-form drawing tool in the way you (or I, or anyone) might wish. But with new improvements, being able to drawing of smooth, fluid lines is no longer exclusive to Pen tool. In this chapter, Deke demonstrates what happens when you add a Wacom tablet and the ability to trace a good drawing to the mix. Look at those smooth curves from that single line in the center image below. 

Draw a seahorse with Illustrator's improved Pencil tool

Click here to watch a free unlocked movie from the chapter in which Deke draws a classic heart-shape to demonstrate the difference between the CS6 Pencil and the vastly improved tool in Illustrator CC. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 303: A Totally Serious Photoshop Workflow

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shares a totally serious best practices workflow for cutting edge Photoshop technology. Totally. Seriously. 

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