Giving It Up for the Family

dekePod Episode 011: Ho ho ho, it's that time of year. When you begin to extract yourself from the professional objectives that have been sucking at your soul and turning your heart into a tiny lump of coal. And instead, you focus your attention to that one thing that gives you solace, The Family. The warm embrace, the smells of the season, the drifting snowflakes, the sounds of home. It does the heart good to know that comfort is waiting when you're finally ready to take a moment and enjoy.

But that's not what this Extra-Special Holiday Edition of dekePod is about. It's about the responsibility of the artist to his family. To his mother. To his wife. To his son. Bless them, every one. Here's the official marketing description:

Creative professionals are routinely roped into frivolous art projects for their families. You don't want to spend much time on them because who wants to do more of what you already do all day? But you don't want to do a lousy job because you love your family. And besides, your cred's at stake. In this episode of dekePod, Deke shows you how to create a spectacular birthday party invitation, with little effort, using a combination of found art and Photoshop.

In essence, it's all about creating the best birthday party invitation ever created by the hand of man in the least amount of time possible. I mean, is there a job more important? Just think of how much envy you'll inspire among the less-computer-graphics-savvy fathers. And mothers, I suppose. (Although I personally don't want to compete with the mothers. I like all the mothers. They're pretty.)

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The King effect

To see how I assembled the King Samuel text effect (shown above), right-click this link and choose the Save or Download command to get the layered PSD file. Be forewarned, it's a 3.7MB file, so it'll take a minute or twelve to download. I've rasterized the type layers so you don't have to worry about having the right fonts installed on your system. The thing you'll want to pay attention to is the layer effects -- they tell the story.

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G'day, TheZster!

Welcome! Looks like I have a swooning partner. :-D Hey, Deke - this pod isn't up on iTunes yet. Dunno if you're aware of that or not...

Scratch that

It showed up in iTunes just now - download in progress. :-D

A Very Useful Tutorial

I've never heard of istockphoto, surprisingly enough. I'll have to check it out. These dekePod videos are hilarious, too. - The Zster P.S. Nice flip at the end there. P.S.S Deke is hot ;-)