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Deke's Techniques 619: Creating a Vector-Based Gradient Mask in Photoshop

Creating a Vector-Based Gradient Mask in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke tackles the old split-screen dilemma with a completely flexible approach. Rather than create a static gradient layer mask between two images of his equally beloved sons, he creates an imminently flexible and editable mask (with a convenient feather setting) using vectors.

So, when both of your sons display the same amount of dogged determination, you don't have to choose. You can draw a vector between images of each, and using vectors (that can be reconsidered at will depending on the flailing gestures of each son) create a split-screen effect that can be readjusted. Like so:

A vector mask gives you more split-screen flexibility.

 

I have to say this was so effective, my mom thought they were the same photo (oh, like I'd let these guys obtain two gyro-segways, Mom.)

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Deke's Techniques 447: Wrapping a Gradient around a Circle in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 447: Wrapping a Gradient around a Circle in Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create a color wheel in Illustrator, which in real non-Deke life does not actually have the angle gradient like the one that you have in Photoshop.

The trick, you'll see, requires creating a mathematically precise (if tediously crafted---yes, I stole the screenshot below from Deke's file rather than create it myself) gradient, then applying it as a very thick stroke (rather than a fill that would give you the wrong results).

Create a meticulous color wheel gradient

 

When you apply that gradient as a stroke to a circle, you get the desired effect (note how small the circle actually is compared to its whopping stroke, as indicated by the red line in the image below) shown here:

If you're a member of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to add the "Saturation" aspect of the traditional color wheel using blend modes.

You can spy this final result in the wild, in Deke's latest Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Fundamentals as part of the chapter on color. Here it is---with some whimsical dekeEsque names for the interim colors.

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Deke's Techniques 77: Building a Sci-Fi Temple from Scratch in Photoshop CS6 Extended 3D

Deke's Techniques 77: Building a Sci-Fi Temple from Scratch in Photoshop CS6 Extended 3D

As you might imagine, I don't actually record each and every Deke's Techniques the same day it goes live. Frankly, I wish I had the next 27 in the can, but that isn't the case. At any given moment, I'm a just few ahead. Which is to say, this thing combines shear craziness with a small degree of relevance.

I only mention this because, today, I recorded some junk and stuff for next month. With any luck, you're going to love 'em. (Not to give too much away, but my summary of the next few weeks is superheros, cars, dancing girls, and spirals. Honestly, revisit this page in August and you'll be like, "Dude, you totally spilled the beans---and I didn't even know!")

Anyway, I'm distracting you from today's technique, which is magical and rad. Because today, I show you how to create an alien 3D temple, from utter and complete nothingness, using a depth map in Photoshop Extended. Here's the official description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 049: Designing an Indiana Jones Logo

Deke's Techniques 049: Designing an Indiana Jones Logo

Today, I'm offline on a personal adventure. And yet, I still manage to offer you a kind of adventure as well. In the form of Adventure Type in Photoshop.

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Deke's Techniques 045: Creating a Synthetic Rainbow

Deke's Techniques 045: Creating a Synthetic Rainbow

This week, I show you how to make a synthetic rainbow, one that actually looks like an actual one, in Photoshop. If I were a silly little girl, I might posit the rainbow in back of a magical prancing unicorn. But I'm a silly little boy, so I set it in back of a highly aggressive, man-eating shark.

"Pardon?" I here you say. "How do you put a rainbow in back of a shark??" Watch the video and find out.

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