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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 493: War of the Worlds, The Sun Attacks (Using Blend Modes in Photoshop)

Deke's Techniques 493: War of the Worlds, The Sun Attacks (Using Blend Modes in Photoshop)

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to use blend modes, cloud filters, and luminance exclusion sliders to basically portray the sun attacking the earth. It's Photoshop Extreme Global Warming, people.

(Hmmm. Last week, San Francisco was attacked a sinister, but awesome looking, dinosaur, now this? I think the 2016 US Presidential election might be interfering with Deke's optimism about the world. Oh, well, at least when Deke goes dark, it's always bright and colorful.)

So, the orb that attacks the word here is basically our own sun:

The sun, preparing to attack the earth with killer lightning in Photoshop

And the killer rays it emits are actually this spectacular but-not-yet-deadly-solar-powered lightening:

Ordinary lightning, about to be made lethal by the Sun and Photshop blend modes

 

By applying several (and by that, I mean at least nine) rounds of the Difference Clouds filter, then using the Linear Light blend mode (in concert with the luminance exclusion sliders in the Layer Effects dialog box), this happens:

Sun using deadly lightening (and Photoshop Blend modes) to attack earth

It always zaps my mind when Deke uses those sliders under the "Blend If" option. Especially when he uses the Alt/Option key to break the arrows apart. But if ever I was to begin to understand how to use this advanced luminosity control, this video might be it.

If you're a member of Lynda.com, or you take advantage of the free 10-day trial by going to lynda.com/deke), there's an exclusive movie this week in which Deke shows you how to make killer attacking clouds using nothing but blend modes (and that If Then command.)

When clouds attack, courtesy of Photoshop blend modes

If you want to understand Blend Modes on a deeper level, you should check out Chapter 23, "Blend Modes," in the recently updated Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced course. (If you checked it out before the holiday break, there are new chapters to be enjoyed, including this Blend Modes deep dive.)

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Deke's Techniques 453: Creating the Perfect Smartphone Home/Lock Screen in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 453: Creating the Perfect Smartphone Home/Lock Screen in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you (or your kids, more likely) how to make a custom home screen for your smartphone. Yes, this does mean a pixel-perfect Photoshop rendered image designed expressly for the screen size of your phone. And although Deke predictably uses an iPhone, you can use this method for your own particular model/screen size as well.

The trick is to use a template that has the interface gizmos (captured from your phone against a black background) set to Screen blend mode over your intended image, so you can see how the two components will interact. Along the way, you'll learn how to quickly select text layers and save the image as a phone-optimized PNG.

I tried this one out myself and it worked great. Can you tell which screen is mine and which is Deke's?

Two custom home screens created in Photoshop for the iPhone 6.

Although I didn't have all kinds of text elements in my image, like the ones Deke needed to work around his interface, having the template in Photoshop helped me create a perfectly complimentary gradient to my lay over the sky in my photo in order to to better set off the time display.

My only bonus tip is that, at least for my phone's camera placement, I didn't have to create the black background and send it to the phone. I simply put the phone camera-down on my table and took a photo to use directly from the device.

If you're a member of lynda.com (now known as Lynda.com, it will be awhile before my typing muscle memory catches up with that one), Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he created the background art in his home screen image.

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Deke's Techniques 300: Blending an Object's Shadow into Any Background

Blend Cast Shadows into Any Background

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shows you how to blend the cast shadow of an object---particularly a standard stock photo-type object against a white background---into any new background. The trick is to use the Multiply blend mode to capture all the goodness of the shadow and mix it with its new environment, then put white pixels behind the actual object so that the opaque object itself doesn't blend. 

The technique works great for the volleyball that Deke uses in the movie, but I found myself wondering how it would work with say...a giant hunk of swiss cheese. Swiss cheese on a stock white backgroundYes, I'm going to attempt to move my own cheese. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

This week I take a photo of an everyday average woman screaming her brains out and double-map her onto a photograph of shattered glass (both from the Fotolia image library). Is she singing so loudly she breaks a mirror? Or is she a photo stuck behind the glass, shouting to get out? I ask those questions twice more inside the video, so please enjoy my repetition. Read more » 

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