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.

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

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