Thursdays with Fridays with Mordy

What better way to celebrate Thursday than by pretending it's already Friday? Friday with Mordy, that is. Last week on friend-of-dekeOnline Mordy Golding's weekly webinar, he did a great webcast on how Illustrator and InDesign work together, how they differ, and why sometimes you want to use one rather than the other. Also answered during this show, can Deke and Mordy get along, and which one should you rely on for your Illustrator info? Answer: both. No, I'm not kidding. Well, first it's not fair to ask me to vote against a book that shaved years off my life. (But seriously, get a subscription and watch them both!) And I'm not just saying that because I just started as the Content Manager of the Design Segment at the aforementioned training juggernaut, But let me just say...wahoo! 

Anyway give Mordy's show a listen here, and if you like it, tune into this weeks show LIVE at 2pm Eastern on Friday. Mordy's promising a show on sketching, including a look at Adobe Ideas for the iPad. I'll be there. (Or I'll listen to it later if I have to). You can do the same! Read more » 

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Martini Hour 090, In Which We Vent Freely Against Our Beloved Creative Suite

This week, after celebrating Illustrator Month in the dekeLounge, we come back to the entire Creative Suite with a vengeance. A vengeance against the things that distract us from our love of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Yes, it's the ultimate Pet Peeves show as we discuss the things that drive us crazy when we're trying to get work done. Our reasons are three-fold: 1) we need to vent because it's healthy, 2) you, beloved dekeItarians might have insights into why some things work the way they do that we haven't thought of, and c) we want to encourage you to share your own gripes should you need to vent as well. It's all about the healing airing of grievances this week.

Martini Hour 090: The CS5 Gripes Show

Here are is our list of some particular pain points, and why they perplex us: Read more » 

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Five Photoshop Type Techniques

As many of you know, I spend the majority of my work-a-day time creating deep-dive, tutorial-style books and videos. But later this week, I'll be embarking on something a little different. I'm starting a new series of single-movie recipe videos for, which we're tentatively calling "Deke's Techniques." Many (not all) will be available as free weekly video blogs on this very site. Here are a few examples of the effects I'll show you how to create:

Five Photoshop type techniques

I created all of these images in Photoshop. And amazingly, all but the brand and metal effects employ live editable text (albeit, as smart objects in the case of ice and fire). I'll keep you posted when these begin to go live.

In case you're curious, the ice, brand, and fire effects employ images from the Fotolia image library. The gold and metal effects are 100 percent synthetic.

Let me know what kinds of effects you'd like to create!

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Martini Hour 089, in Which Deke Gets to Legitimately Use the Word Palette Again

I guarantee this is a 100 percent pirate-free episode of Martini Hour. Of course, I can't attest to what this Mayan dude (below) did in his spare time when he isn't hanging on on the beaches of the Yucatan peninsula. In our final installment of quasi-official Illustrator month, we return to Live Trace but this time, using the color trace settings, which produce some pretty cool and amazing results, whether you use scanned colored art (as in this week's logo) or a full color photograph. 

Here's what we cover in this week's episode: Read more » 

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Scaling and Editing Traced Artwork

Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced PREVIEW, Part 6

Welcome to the final installment in my six-day, cradle-to-grave, Halloween-induced extravaganza, in which I finish off the large-format pirate flag that I've been making all week. I begin by enlarging the skull and sabers in Illustrator. The result is a work of infinitely scalable razor-sharp line art that I could not have possibly matched had I upsampled the original pixel-based image in Photoshop. Then I adjust the color scheme and modify the placement of a few paths---if for no other reason than to demonstrate that what began as a sketch is now a pliable collection of vector-based outlines that I can modify as much as I want.

Here's the official description: Read more » 

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