Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop
Deke creates a hand lettered effect to his Chinese chop by employing Illustrator art brushes inside Photoshop

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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Deke's Techniques 302: Cleaning Up a Camera Phone Photo in Camera Raw

Hola, dekeAmigos. Greetings from Cozumel! We're here taking scads of underwater photos that will inevitably end up in future Deke's Techniques. In this week's dry-land, but free, Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how to vastly improve a camera phone photo inside good old Camera Raw. We all know the photos look great on your phone, but when you get them out into the real world, not so much. Deke shows you how to use trusty Camera Raw to solve five key areas where your photo might be falling short: Read more » 

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