Deke's Techniques 618: Healing with a Pattern in Photoshop
Deke replaces a busy background with a more muted artificial clouds pattern with nary a mask in sight.

Personalize (and Sanitize) Your InDesign Placeholder Text

You may know that InDesign has a handy feature wherein you can fill a text box with quasi-random, Faux Latin text if you don't have actual copy available. Simply click on any text frame, choose Type > Fill with Placeholder Text and, voila, your previously empty box fills with some kind of Latin-looking text that nicely shows your design as you intended it.

Or does it? What do we really know about that text? Why is "greeked" text apparently in Latin? And what are you really saying, entirely unbeknownst to yourself? Ignore me if you're a designer by day and Latin scholar by night, but the rest of on to take control of your own placeholder text. Read more » 

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101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

Deke celebrates Tip #101

dekePod Pilot #2: After just one Pilot episode and two years of darkness (during which I was romancing my sponsors, not just sitting on my hands, BTW), dekePod is back and with a vengeance. We're calling this one Pilot #2, to be followed by regular episodes once every other week, assuming we don't all kill ourselves. (These things are massively time-consuming.) Here's the official marketing description: Read more » 

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Deke-eke-eke-eke on InDesign Secrets Podcast

What could make one of my favorite podcasts even better? Well, the collision of goodness that happens when Deke is their special guest, that's what. Earlier this year, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion of the awesome InDesign Secrets (site and podcast) welcomed Deke (and honored him with their trademark echo effect) to chat about things InDesign-ine-ine-ine, including their general love for styles. (And the not-so-much-love for styles of the Table variety.)  Read more » 

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Employing a Seamlessly Repeating Pattern

In my last article, I explained how to create a tessellating tile pattern--that is to say, a pattern that repeats seamlessly, with no flaws and with guaranteed results. Here's the spoiler: It all hinges on the Offset filter. Really, that's all there is to it. Choose Filter > Other > Offset, and everything falls into place. For more information, check out the previous article.

At the end of that article (honestly, how many links do you need to it?), I promised to share with you some interesting ways to employ your seamlessly repeating pattern. And true to my word, that's precisely what I'm going to do now. Two ways to use a repeating tile pattern. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing more to say. Read more » 

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The Art of the Seamlessly Repeating Pattern

In my two-part article "Creating a Photo-Realistic Line Drawing," I walked you through a flexible and highly effective technique that enables you to convert a photograph into a black-and-white line drawing, the results of which appear below. (Both Part 1 and Part 2 are available here in dekeStuff.)

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