My Latest Video Course, "Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate," Came Out 2 Weeks Ago

That's right, Part 2 of my cradle-to-grave video treatise on Adobe Illustrator CS6 is out on I would have mentioned it 2 weeks ago, on November 21, when the course went live. But I was on vacation in Ireland. In the northern city of Derry, to be exact. And while Colleen was blogging every day, and I was making her graphics, it seemed somehow antithetical to the whole vacationing thing for me to mention my for-profit course. You know what I mean?

But I'm home now. And I've even sneaked in a couple of days of legitimate work. So what the hell, time to blog the course. That image below, that's a Venn diagram bear. He's not a dog, he's a bear. Perhaps a bit over-eager. But still, he's a bear.

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Deke's Techniques 042: Drawing a Halloween Scareflake

Deke's Techniques 042: Drawing a Halloween Scareflake

Welcome to Halloween! And today's scary technique, in which I show you how to make that vector-based craft that's sweeping the nation: Scareflakes! Here's a detail:

Deke's Techniques: A Halloween scareflake in Adobe Illustrator

They're like snowflakes, in that every one is beautiful and unique. But they scare the poop out of you! (Just look at the image above. Admit it, you're pooping in fear!)

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Martini Hour 094, In Which We Hypocritically Mock Some of Adobe's Odd Feature Names

What's in a name? Does a feature that goes by any other name still function as well? This week we're enjoying making fun of the names of Adobe features that don't really make any sense. And who are we to complain? "Martini Hour" is never really an hour and this week we're drinking Manhattans. So join us on this vaguely hypocritical but otherwise entertaining discussion of goofy names for otherwise highly useful (for the most part) set of features in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Like Martini Hour, you shouldn't be scared off by the names. 

Martini Hour 094: Adobe's strangely named features

Here is a list of cryptically, oxymoronically, or just ridiculously named features that we enjoy making fun of this week: Read more » 

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Martini Hour 085, In Which We Celebrate Adobe Illustrator with a Mordy-Palooza

This week's clip show features me repeatedly telling two of the most knowledgable Adobe Illustrator gurus on the planet that I don't know squat about Illustrator. (I've probably mentioned that more times than I've explained that Deke's new book, Adobe Illustrator CS5 One-on-One, is taking over our lives and requiring us to compile clip shows.) But how can I still claim to know nothing when I get to hang out with Deke and Mordy Golding for several episodes of the show? Mordy, the one time Adobe Product Manager of Illustrator, is that guy that Deke likes to go to when tiny gaps in his copious Illustrator knowledge requires him to probe the brain of someone he trusts. Can an Illustrator Ignoramus do any better?

Here's how we kick off what I'm unofficially calling "Illustrator Celebration Month in the dekeLounge," also known as "Learn Something Already, Colleen." Read more » 

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Martini Hour 014, In Which Deke and Mordy Teach Colleen to Draw a Yellow Hat

I know, you've been wondering... when the hell are we going to discuss Illustrator in the 'lounge? Well, the answer is, when we can get the one and only Mordy Golding to join us. You're asking yourselves, "How can you guys discuss Illustrator over single malt scotch in an audio-only podcast?"Answer: get two of the best Illustrator teacher-experts on the planet, close your eyes, and get your virtual Curious George on. Oh, sure, Deke and Mordy go all retro and insider, but really you can't beat these two trying to help me get over my fear of paths and start my first Illustrator document. 

In addition to helping me getting started in Illustrator, Mordy excavates his childhood love of yellow, but the one thing we don't ever quite get around to, is the secret fact that yellow is the color of...Illustrator! Coincidence? I think not. Join us! Read more » 

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