Create Secret Message Type in Photoshop
Deke reveals his secret message (type) in Photoshop, and follows up with an animated GIF that lets you relive the reveal.

Deke's Techniques 371: Creating Secret Message Type in Photoshop

Create Secret Message Type in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke transforms ordinary type into mysteriously almost-disappearing type effect in Photoshop. It reminds me of the invisible ink we used to employ to pass each other meaningless secret messages when I was a kid.

The effect begins with what is actually a drop shadow applied to text that has been made, well, invisible by reducing its Fill Opacity to zero, leaving only the mysteriously blurry shadows behind. The edges are then firmed up with a Levels adjustment later. Next, Deke applies his secret recipe of layer styles and blend modes to add color and textural mystery. Finally, some custom kerning of the letters randomizes their relative positions.

Because the result is created primarily with layer effects (and without actually disturbing the original letters), you can edit this text and retain the effect. This comes in handy for Deke's follow-up technique (presented in a member-exclusive movie), which puts his original and alternate text into animated GIF rotation.  

An animated GIF reveals the secret message again and again.

Because, as any kid who ever had a set of invisible ink pens knows, the reveal of the secret message is always more interesting than any actual meaning!

If you're not a member of lynda.com, but would like to look within to seek your own answers to Photoshop (and Illustrator's) secrets, you can sign up for a free week's trial at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 369: Setting Type on Fire in Photoshop CC

Setting Type on Fire in Photoshop CC

My dear dekeOmaniacs, in this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke revisits an earlier technique (featured in Deke's Techniques 008) in which he sets glowing type on fire. However, rather than using a carefully masked photograph of actual fire to apply the flames, Deke applies completely pixel-based fire created by Photoshop CC's new Flame Generator. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 367: Using Photoshop CC's New Flame Generator

Using Photoshop's New Flame Generator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke employs Photoshop CC's new flame generator to set a giant letter Z on fire. In the video, you'll see how Deke works his way through the generator's dialog box to apply automatically generated flames along this now blazing path:

The new Flame Generator in Photoshop helps you set your paths on fire.

For members of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he revisits the flames that surround his superhero, The Blue BBQ. With the new Flame Generator, he can create custom flames for the 'Q that don't rely on lifting the fire image from an existing photograph.

If you're not a member of lynda.com and would like to check out the exclusive video, you can ignite a free week's trial by going to lynda.com/deke. Fire up, dekeBlazers! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 365: Creating a Political Poster in Illustrator

Create a campaign video in Illustrator

It's Election Day here in the United States, and thus comes to a close a season that designers call, "Analyzing the typography of political campaign posters." Designer Deke is no exception, although his focus was on a very local race, the campaign for Middle School Student Body President of his elder son, Max.  Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 363: Develop a Portrait of Your Little Joker

Delvelop a Portrait of Your Little Joker

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, our Halloween homage continues as Deke takes a scarily washed out iPhone photo of an otherwise awesome costume (and model) and turns it into something suitably sinister.

As you can see in the image on the right below, Sam's got the attitude and the make up to really pull of his supervillain alter ego. But the lighting, image quality, and happy suburban kitchen background spoils the ominous mood a bit.

But with help from Photoshop CC's Field Blur filter, Deke manages to turn the comfortably domestic background into something much more mysterious. Then, he uses Camera Raw applied as a smart filter (another CC wonder) to enhance and energize the photo.

Our little Joker, before and after enhancing the iPhone portrait.

If you're a member of lynda.com, you can watch an exclusive movie this week in which Deke shows you how he created those creepy character lines in Sam's face to take him from a kid in a costume to a truly frightening mini-villain. If you're not a member of lynda.com and would like to check it (along with over 360 other Deke's Techniques out), you can get a free week's trial by signing up at lynda.com/deke.

Happy Halloween, my creepy dekeSters! No joke. Read more » 

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