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Deke's Techniques 469: Creating a Custom Dual Brush in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 469: Creating a Custom Dual Brush in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create your own custom brush in Photoshop, crafted out of two disparate splotches of paint.

Using Photoshop's Dual Brush feature inside the Brush panel, Deke combines the oil paint patch on the left with the powder blast on the right:

These two disparate splotches will become one custom paint brush in Photoshop.
And after a few tweaks, the new brush can make this textured brush stroke on-the-fly:


A dark textured brushstroke from a custom dual brush.

Along the way, you'll acquire these useful bits of dekeWisdom:

  • Choose the correct channel for your component splotches in order to get the most contrast.
  • Set the image to grayscale to give yourself a color-neutral brush.
  • Use the Trim command to quickly get rid of extraneous white areas.
  • Combine and tweak the individual brushes inside the Brushes panel.
  • Define a brush preset so you can efficiently wield your new brush again.

If you're a member of Lynda.com (or you take advantage of the free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke), Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he roughens up the brush a bit more so it can do his bidding in next week's technique. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 465: Turn Day into (Halloween) Night

Deke's Techniques 465: Turn Day into (Halloween) Night

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, we continue this year's Halloween hijinks by turning an image of a mansion in the daylight into a nighttime scene by using a Camera Raw adjustment layer.

Turn a daytime mansion into a haunted nighttime house in Photoshop

(Note that the goblins have gotten into the Lynda.com YouTube channel today, so I've linked directly to the library---which accounts for why some of our other links are temporarily haunted today as well. Just click on the arrow of the spooky black rectangle above to see the video.)

If you're a member of lynda.com, or you sign up for a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke, Deke's got three (!) exclusive movies in which he adds the lit windows, bat-moon from last week, and (of course) a ghost in the window. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 461: Create a Bat-Faced Moon for Halloween

Deke's Techniques 461: Create a Bat-Faced Moon for Halloween

Quick note (11-27-2015): the goblins have invaded lynda.com's YouTube channel this week, so I've embedded the video straight from the lyndaLibrary. Have no fear (despite the daunting black block above), it will take you to this free movie.

In this weeeeek's freeeee Deeeeke's Techneeeeeks, the annual Halloween shenanigans begin. Of course, to Deke---lover of all things Halloween---creating a Photoshop composite in which bats make a smiley face on a creepy moon is referred to as a "timeless" technique. Yes, my darling dekeEnsteins, to Deke this is timeless:

A bat-faced moon composite with real bats in Photoshop

Hmm, on second thought, the compositing techniques you'll see during the course of this video are pretty darn timeless (within the scope of the quarter-century Photoshop has been around). You'll start with this traditional, arguably timeless, but boring moon:

The moon against a boring background

And add some creepy atmosphere with this grungy background---via good old-fashioned blend modes and a well-placed vector mask:

A grungy background for a Photoshop composite

Then you'll take these cute little bats and warp them into a familiar (but in this case, spooky) happy face:

Some adorable bats to add to our Halloween composite

So I guess, the outcome does have some fairly old-school, workhorse techniques going on.

And if you're more inclined toward Illustrator-based bat-faces, and if you're a member of lynda.com (or you sign up for a free 10-day-trial), Deke's got three exclusive movies this week in which he recreates this idea with vector-drawn bats and moon. (Ironically, creepier despite it's cartoonish nature.

A bat-faced moon created in Illustrator

Deke's creepy timeless Techniques, every week (with bonus Halloween episodes)! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 459: Islamic Design 5 Coloring and Sculpting

Deke's Techniques 459: Islamic Design 5 Coloring and Sculpting

In this week's free Deke's Techniques we finally complete our journey to recreate this Tunisian stained-glass window, born in Africa, revealed in Amsterdam, glimpsed in London, and finished today in Illustrator (and then Photoshop).

As you recall, this creation started with a bunch of dynamic effects applied to this simple geometric construction:

Duplicating a stained-glass window in Illustrator

As of last week, we had the pattern completed:

The completed geometric pattern in Illustrator

And today, Deke will show you how to use Live Paint and dynamic strokes applied via the Appearance panel to color and then sculpt the edges of this creation.

If you're a member of Lynda.com, or you sign up for a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke, you can see how Deke adds the final repeating pattern and light variations to finally arrive at our beautiful destination:

The final Islamic design as finished with repeating pattern and lighting effect in Photoshop.

Deke's Techniques, bringing the world to your digital doorstep. Read more » 

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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.

If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by heading to lynda.com/deke and signing up. Read more » 

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