Deke's Techniques 620: Making Multicolored Vignettes in Photoshop
Deke uses a custom gradient and a shape layer to create a multi-colored vignette.

Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 533: Combine a Sketch and Photograph in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke finally finishes the sketched portrait he promised me by taking that line drawing that was absolutely slaved over inside Adobe Photoshop Sketch (starting two weeks ago), bringing it into the actual real Photoshop, and combining it with the actual real photograph here in order to create an awesome portrait if I do say so myself.

Deke describes it thusly:

"Now what I love about this is notice the detail inside the face. Compare that with the relative lack of detail in the line drawing and the great thing about this detail is we don't have to draw it. We can just cheat, oops, I mean combine the two photographs inside Photoshop."

A photo, a sketch traced in Adobe Sketch, and then combined for a portrait.

I, however, see it this way. Take a tired photo of me, draw an attractive but crazy eyed cartoon version from it, then combine the two in order to make a delightfully attractive avatar.

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Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Deke's Techniques 530: Painting with Blend and Combine in Sketch

Hey, Gang.

Still phoning it in from vacation this week, only this time not quite so literally. We are at last returned home to beautiful Boulder so my internet is fully restored. But I'm still scraping the sand and sun from the California coast out of all of our luggage. No matter, Deke's still at work on a portrait in Adobe Sketch. Check it out! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Deke's Techniques 528: Tracing a Photo in Adobe Sketch

Hey, Gang. Going to literally phone it in this week due to being on vacation and that vacation landing in Big Sur, CA (a land with less internet connectivity that parts of Indonesia and almost as little access to electricity). On the not phoning it in front, check out Deke's Techniques this week that features advice for how to trace a photo in Adobe Sketch, and a follow up movie that shows how he added my facial features to the sketch. See you when we get home from our lovely California adventure! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 526: Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Deke's Techniques 526: Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch

In this week's free Deke's Techniques, Deke takes a first look at his favorite of the Adobe apps, Photoshop Sketch, which allows you to draw anywhere with natural-style tools. Adobe doesn't actually use the word "mobile" here, but it's designed for iPhone and iPad. And I'm not sure how mobile it is when Deke's iPad Pro is so big we like to refer to it as the iPlatter.

Regardless, here is a drawing he made and joyously colored to share his exuberance for  the CreativePro Conference that simultaneously shares Deke's enchantment with this app:

An almost Seussian representation of the Creative Pro logo for Creative Pro Conference 2016

Anyway, Adobe Sketch (and the aforementioned iPad and Apple Pencil) is officially Deke's favorite way to indulge his virtual drawing desires.

In this episode, you'll get a general orientation to:

  • How to choose your brush from the variety of virtual implements available.
  • How to use and set the various attributes of those brush settings.
  • How to select colors and lift colors from within your artwork.
  • How to add/delete pages to/from your project.
  • And if you're a member of Lynda.com, he's got more tips and tricks in this week's exclusive movie.

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Deke's Techniques, helping you have a satisfying drawing experience without using any paper products.

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Deke's Techniques 525: Combining Group Photos in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how to really blend your blended family together in Photoshop. That is, how to take two separate group photos, taken from different angles, with different composition, and even different subjects, and turn them into one big happy Photoshop-assisted team.

We start this weeks project with a couple of shots that Deke and I (respectively) took on the grounds of the Rock of Cashel in Ireland whilst on vacation with all our sons. No one else was around (and anyway, who trusts strangers to shoot your family photo?) and it seemed irreverent to rest the camera on a timer on a 17th century headstone.

So I shot the gang with Deke in frame:

One shot without Colleen

And he did the same with me in the shot:

One shot without Deke

And with the magic of Photoshop's Auto-Align Layers feature, Deke matched up the two images, and then mix-and-masked to create the family photo we were looking for.

Although the undifferentiated gray Irish skies and the textured grass were pretty forgiving, there were a few challenges that required creative problem-solving. Check out the movie to see how Deke resolves a couple of challenges, ultimately electing to repeat a detail of Max's dark coat, rather than give Max an extra head growing out of his shoulder (although his brother might have found that amusing.)

After a bit of vanity retouching (on himself) and careful cropping, our rag tag team looks like a coherent whole. You can see in the Layers panel where little bits of work were done to make our team shine together (and in the case of Wheels and Deke, not shine quite so much!)

Combined group shot in Photoshop

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