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Deke's Techniques 312: Turning a Photo into a Giant Mural

Turn a Photo into a Giant Mural

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes a photo of his son Sam and turns it into a giant mural on the side of a brick wall. This is one of those creatively fun DT projects that a) makes you want to try it and b) makes you wonder what in the hell you'd do with a giant mural of Sam (as cute as he is). 

So I set out to prove that one could use the information in this week's tutorial using pictures of one's own son and one's own mysterious door. (OK, I got the door from Fotolia, #62739627 from Giuseppe Porzani. You can get free Fotolia images by going to fotolia.com/deke.) Trying Deke's project not only made me a vigilant beta tester, it also gave me a chance to stare at this handsome photo of my son dressed up for Senior Prom for a little bit longer.  Read more » 

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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

Real focus happens inside the camera's lens element. The sharpening features in Photoshop CS3 exaggerate the contrast along edges in a photograph to transform a well-focused image into an outstanding image. In Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images, Deke McClelland teaches a host of sharpening and noise reduction techniques, including using filters such as Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, High Pass, and Reduce Noise. The training teaches the essentials of sharpening, including what it does, why it's important, and how the filters function. 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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