Deke's Techniques 001: Creating Ice Type

Happy New Year, dekeOtopians. To kick things off with style, we're launching Deke's Techniques, a new offering of bite-sized training from your beloved computer graphics guru (who, as you know, beloves you right back). Deke's Techniques is a cross between a weekly blog post, podcast, and project-based tutorial, presented in Deke's signature (and lovably notorious) step-by-step style. Each week, you can enjoy a free video here, in which Deke shares another of his visually compelling creative effects in a quick, accessible, recipe format. And while here at dekeOnline we'll feature a new video for everyone to enjoy each week, over at, members will have access to the entire, ever-growing collection of Deke's Techniques directly from the library (including lots of exclusive library-only videos).

Sure, Deke is well-known for his in-depth comprehensive video One-on-One series on Photoshop and Illustrator. But it's a new year and maybe you're looking for a light healthy snack rather than a full 27-course meal. Deke's Techniques will satisfy that craving. Check out the preview episode here, in which Deke (in under 10 minutes) shares his recipe for this cool, icy type effect---perfectly suited for your January creative endeavors! Filters, layer effects, and, of course, the judicious use of smart objects combine to create this chilly effect. But throughout, your type remains decidedly unfrozen and editable underneath.

As an added bonus, Deke offers this free Photoshop Ice Type action, which lets you turn any live text layer into an embedded smart object of ice type. Start with a chilly background, add some big display type, load this action, and let 'er rip. If the action pauses on the final step (in the Layer Style dialog box), switch to Bevel and Emboss, change the Contour option to Ring, and click OK.

But don't merely rely on the action. Watch the video. The action applies the initial effect only (about 6:45 in). And the video includes insights that you can use as a jumping-off pointing for your own creative endeavors.

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Thanks, Deke. You really

Thanks, Deke. You really make this old gals day with your tutorials. Love impressing the grandchildren with what I can do thanks to you!

I'm loving this!

Thanks so much for this new series, Deke. I can't wait for the next tekneke!

One-on-One for InDesign CS5

Are you going to publish an InDesign One-on-One for CS5? If so, when will it be out? I have the book for CS3, didn't buy the one for CS4, and now have CS5. I love the Lynda videos, but like a book for quick reference.


I am absolutely fan...I'm reddy to learn theze Teknekes ...sure the series will be awesome ..
Happy New year..
Bonne année from France!!

Sub Zero. Thanks for this

Sub Zero.
Thanks for this Deke. Icy Type is always in demand in winter.
And I notice that "Creating Ice Type" is number 001 of Deke's Techniques. Two leading zeros. Does this imply that there will be at least 100 more episodes of Deke's Techniques to follow (small hint here!)?

MART9000, you are so insightful

Deke insisted on that numbering convention just for that very reason! (Hey, it worked for Martini Hour!)

Ice Text

Thanks so much Deke. Love how you made the ice text and I am anxious to see how you do the other text tutorials.


you maybe saved my life...thanks Deke! ;)


Thanks Deke for the cool technique. My Photoshop skills are on fire cause you know how to inspire and I ain't no liar. Your videos are stunning so keep em coming. You are the man and I'm your biggest fan


This Teknekes Tutorial rated 5 dekes.

Great! I tried to do this

Great! I tried to do this effect a while ago but something was missing. I'll try to do it your way now. Thanks!

Ice text

Happy new year all.
Fantastic effect Deke, great new feature.

Very Cool

I'm very excited about this new series. especially now that martini hour is coming to an end.

Deke'sTeknekes #1


I wish we'd stolen your spelling, Elizabeth

Love "Teknekes!"

Thank you - Happy New Year

Thanks for all the great stuff and for this awesome new series!

Happy New Year Sir

Bit of a Photoshop nut.