Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines
Deke shows you how to add that stylized, vertically striped text to the MDNA-cover-styled image we've been working on for a few weeks.

Deke's Techniques 401: Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke finally wraps up that MDNA-inspired photo that we've been working on for the past two weeks, by showing you how to create the vertically striped text at the bottom.

There are also two exclusive movies at this week. The first shows you how to reshape the letterforms to match the intervals of the pattern you apply. The second shows you how to swap one photographic image in this project for another. If you're not a member of, you can get 10 free days to check it out by going to lynda,com/deke.

Why so short and sweet this week, Colleen? Well, Deke and I have hauled all our progeny to Cayman Brac for a scuba-diving spring break this week. And both my surface time and bandwidth are limited. But in celebration of Deke's new course and to prove to you dekeOphiles that he never stops working, even underwater, here are some photos of Deke with his nose (and GoPro) to the grindstone.

In the second photo, there is virtually no info in the red channel, so when I get off the island, maybe I'll revisit these images with a little bit of Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop with Deke McClelland.  Blub, blub! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 398: Infusing an Image with Vivid Nightclub Colors

Infuse your image with vivid nightclub color

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke adds some vivid nightclub-esque colors to last week's homage to the MDNA album cover. With a few hue and saturation adjustments in Camera Raw (applied in Photoshop CC via an editable filter) and a gradient fill, he takes the ribbed glass image we left off with...

...and adds some vibrant Madonna-inspired color.

Vibrant colors added to a scene in Photoshop

If you've been waiting to use your free 10-day trial (obtainable at to watch some cool exclusive movies, today might be the day to jump in, because Deke's got two member-exclusive movies to share this week. In the first, he adds the MDNA album cover-inspired bands of color. In the second exclusive movie, he patches some badly displaced edges on his way to this ultimate result:

Colored bands and edge fixes in Photoshop

And to demonstrate the flexibility of this week's advice, as well as acknowledge that---here in the US---St. Patrick's Day is considered an excuse to turn green in a nightclub, here is my own experiment with today's techniques. (Love how her lips stay vibrant red here, because I definitely draw the line at green lipstick):

Change the color of the effect for St. Patrick's Day

Happy Day, my wily little dekeRechauns. Read more » 

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The Undersea Life of Deke McClelland (and Photoshop)

Today marks the release of an all-new course at Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop. Yes, my dekeQuarium dwellers, you can now go under the sea with Deke and the sharks (as well as jellyfish, angel fish, parrot fish, groupers, octopi, turtles, eels, and, did I mention, sharks?)

Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop

The real star of this undersea world is Photoshop itself. Shooting underwater is tricky, and the equipment can be expensive. But you'll see in this course that Photoshop can sweeten even the simplest of shots, even those taken with the underwater equivalent of a standard point-and-shoot or with a stolen frame from a GoPro video.

And you don't need to be a member of or a seasoned scuba diver to get great tips out of this new course. For instance, the first chapter, "The Moon Jelly," features a creature that lives very near the surface of the sea and the entire chapter is completely unlocked for anyone to watch. Check out this translucent transformation and click on the image to start watching:

Moon jellyfish before and after Photoshop

Each of the free videos in this chapter have a hidden bonus tip, because, after all, Deke's got more Photoshop knowledge than there are fish in the sea. (OK, only a minor exaggeration, but I'm creating a mood here.) Here's what I mean:

In "Selecting a frame from a GoPro movie," you'll not only see how to isolate an individual frame to develop as a still photo in Photoshop, but you'll also see how to convert that image to the correct color space.

In "Correcting contrast with the Overlay blend mode," you'll not only see how an adjustment layer and blend mode can work in powerful tandem, but you'll see how to set your own shortcuts to get at this power more efficiently.

In "Turning the ocean a true Caribbean blue," you'll not only see how to restore what you remember as the correct color, but you'll also see how to get rid of those pesky automatically generated adjustment layer masks.

In "Enhancing clarity with the High Pass filter," you'll not only see how to invent your own Clarity, but you'll also see how to set those big useful thumbnails in the Layers panel.

And, in "Cropping an image that can't be harmed," you'll also see how to add more High Pass filter to provide detail sharpening.

(It's like Deke has provided little shark sucker tips that latch on to his big apex predator advice and come along for the swim.)

There are some other great free movies available as well, each with a useful quick tip for your own underwater adventure shots. Here are a few (with their respective projects in before/after style for your inspiration.)

Selecting the best frame of a fish in motion from the chapter where this queen angel fish gets the royal treatment.

Queen angel fish before and after.

Bring out the the detail in a turtle's eye. Buddy tip: if you can't immediately spot Deke under the water, look for the guy with a GoPro-on-a-stick chasing the turtle.

Turtle before and after

Developing multiple octopi at the same time in Camera Raw, in which Deke works on what may be two different octopi simultaneously. (Or it may have been the same creature seen at the beginning and end of a night snorkel.)

If you're not a member of, and would like to see more of this course, you can sign up for a free 10-day trial at, which will give you access to the chapter on this magnificent creature:

Shark in all its glory

See you under the sea, you gorgeous dekeOpuses! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 396: Put Your Photo Behind Ribbed Glass

Put Your Photo Behind Ribbed Glass in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke places a glamorous portrait behind a ribbed glass effect in Photoshop. It's step one in an homage to Madonna's MDNA album cover, which uses a repeating gradient that you create yourself, which is then applied as a displacement map. In other words, this:

Original photo

Plus this:

80 pixel gradient stripes to use in the ribbed glass effect

Equals this:

The Photoshop-created ribbed glass effect.

If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he riffs off this idea, but with a displacement map created with the Glass filter.

Angled distortion lines with the Glass filter as a displacement map

If you're not a member of and would like to check out this exclusive movie, the entire Deke's Techniques collection, and every other bit of awesome in the library, you can sign up for a free 10-day trial at Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 394: Adding Strokes and Fills to Type in Illustrator

Add Strokes and Fills to Type in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke reveals how to apply strokes and fills to text in Adobe Illustrator, skirting around AI's limited control over individual character attributes.

The trick is to apply your strokes and fills to the entire text object, which then allows you to use the Appearance panel to apply a variety of strokes, and even a gradient fill, effectively. In this video, Deke will show you how to get there and, of course, how to avoid falling into the ineffective trap of trying to apply attributes to individual characters. Just look at all that Appearance panel goodness going on here:

Use the Appearance panel in Illustarator to apply strokes and fills to a type object.

If you're a member of, you can catch this week's exclusive movie, in which Deke shows you how he filled in those gaps behind the letters and applied a stroke to the whole shebang.

Fill in the gaps behind letters in Illustrator

If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at This will allow you to check out the entire library of Deke's Techniques, with some bonus time to peruse Deke's other courses as well as the vast array of additional instruction to be found in the library.

What Illustrator + Type gems might you find in the Deke's Techniques archive? Here's one example from the collection on Hand-drawing custom-made letters, which is currently unlocked for all in the library:

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