Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator
Deke saves a clipping path in Photoshop to be exploited in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to access a (Photoshop-created) clipping path inside Illustrator.

The saga begins with this model from Dreamstime.com, around which Deke has drawn a clipping path in Photoshop in order to separate her from her background.

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Deke's Techniques 642: Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 642: Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke riffs of last week's "wrapped" logo and creates a more softly "blanketed" version in Adobe Illustrator.
A softly blanketed Z logo in Adobe Illustrator

He once again begins with a grid and a foundational set of stripes:

Grid guides and stripes in Illustrator

Next he builds a custom letter Z, using the same grid that guided the stripes:

A big Z to serve as a blanketed logo object

And then, in that way that Deke's art + math mind works, he duplicates, reflects, joins, and deletes as necessary to create the facade of the artwork:

Breaking up the stripes

And last, curved line segment attach all the components and render the soft volumetric blanketing effect:

If you're a member of Lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning, you can check out this week's exclusive movie in which Deke finishes up this project with the trickier curves necessary to gently envelop the center of the Z.

Deke's Techniques, blanketing you in precisely calculated Illustrator knowledge. 

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Deke's Techniques 638: Imbuing Your Chuck Close Effect with Color

Deke's Techniques 638: Imbuing Your Chuck Close Effect with Color

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes last week Chuck Close-inspired portrait and imbues it with some color by adding a radial gradient pattern in Photoshop.

The Chuck Close effect in Photoshop with a radial gradient pattern applied

As you may recall from last week's episode, Deke's original Chuck Close effect was achieved by adding a pattern created by the splotches (on the left below). For this technique, he adds another pattern layer featuring the custom gradient (on the right below), and then masks it using the highlight mask he created for last week's project.

Splotches and radial gradient patterns in Photohsop

If you're a member of Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he adds yet another round of color featuring another custom radial gradient pattern applied to the midtone areas of the portrait.



Interesting thing about this week's project, both Deke and I preferred earlier renditions (namely last week's version) to this more colorful version. Here are the three side-by-side for your consideration:



What do you think? Do you ever finish a project and then go back to an earlier, subtler stage?

Deke's Techniques, where were never ashamed to go back to a more civilized scenario. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 636: Creating a Chuck Close Effect in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 636: Creating a Chuck Close Effect in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke creates a Chuck Close-style effect for Photoshop portraits, paying homage to the legendary portrait artist's abstract large-scale photo-realistic grid-structured works of art.

He begins with this portrait (from our friends at Dreamstime.com), adding Vibrance and Clarity adjustments to help prepare it for what he has in store:

An original close-up shallow depth of field portrait from Dreamstime.com

Then he creates a textured pattern of paint splotches, based on this 5 x 5 grid of dekeDrawn blobs:

Splotches in a grid

Finally, using a combination of blend modes, Levels adjustments, and shadow/highlight based layer masks in Photoshop, he arrives at this effect:

A Chuck Close-inspired portrait in Photoshop

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he created the paint splotches that he used to make the pattern.

Deke's Techniques, getting you closer to Photoshop mastery.

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Deke's Techniques 635: Turning a Cube into a Hex Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 635: Turning a Cube into a Hex Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to turn last week's complex orthogonal cube into a completely mind-churning repeating pattern.

A repeating pattern of cubes in Adobe Illustrator

The reason this works is that although the "cube" looks like a cube, it's technically a hexagonal two-dimensional representation of a cube. In other words, it's a hexagon, and thus lends itself to a hex-pattern.

As a final touch, he puts the original cube on top of the pattern, using the Transform effect to get it into place.

A cube laid over a pattern of itself in Adobe Illustrator

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