Deke's Techniques 628: Pasting Photoshop Paths into Illustrator
Deke demonstrates how to grab up a path outline or shape layer in Photoshop and put it to use in Illustrator.

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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Creating a Photo-Realistic Line Drawing, Part 2

Those of you who read Part 1 of this article will recall that we're in the middle of converting a photographic portrait into a credible facsimile of a professionally rendered line drawing. Using a combination of the Photocopy filter, a bit of cleanup, and one layer each of solid black and solid white, we came up with the rather predictable effect pictured below. But this is just the base drawing. The truly amazing stuff starts now.

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Creating a Photo-Realistic Line Drawing, Part 1

In my capacity as a Photoshop expert, people ask me a lot of questions: "Where's the bathroom?" "Do you work here?" and my favorite "Who is your supervisor?" But the most popular question of all is: "How do I turn a photograph into a piece of line art?" (like the one below). It seems people come across line drawings in, say, The Wall Street Journal or on Barnes & Noble bags and assume Photoshop deserves the credit. After all, these drawings are photo-realistic, and photo-realism means Photoshop.

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