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How to Transform a Photograph into a Piece of Comic Book-Style Roy Lichtenstein Art

Came up with this today: "How to transform a photograph into a piece of comic book-style Roy Lichtenstein art." In the spirit of "Oh Jeff...I Love You, Too...But..."

Roy Lichtenstein photo to artworkRegarding a common misunderstanding: The dots you see here are not halftone dots. They are Ben-Day dots, used back when I was a kid (used by this very me, in fact!) to convey solid colors using CMYK combos.

By which I mean, notice that the dot size never varies.

In my version of the story, Hailey has discovered that her on-again off-again boyfriend Biff is once-again carrying on with Madelyn. Hailey and Madelyn, oh dear. Both so beautiful...so intelligent...so perfect. Poor Biff, he just can't choose. But forget Biff...this is Hailey's story. And this...this was Biff's last chance.

Please, make up your own narrative.

The thing requires both Photoshop and Illustrator. Look for it soon after Thanksgiving.
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The Creative Cloud Update to Illustrator One-on-One: Advanced Is Now Live

My darling dekeIstrators, ready for some up-to-date, cutting-edge (as much as a 25-year-old application can cut edges) training for vector drawing? Welcome to Illustrator CC One-on-One: Advanced (released this week at lynda.com).

(And if you're not a member and would like to check it out anyway, you can get a free week's trial at lynda.com/deke. And if you're not a member of Creative Cloud, you can still watch the CS6 version with the same subscription.)

In this third installation of Deke's signature Illustrator video training series, Deke delves into some rather sophisticated topics that will help you create equally sophisticated artwork. Here's an overview of the Table of Contents and some of the hands-on projects Deke uses to demonstrate those high-powered Illustrator tools: 

Chapter 22: Shortcuts and Settings
In this chapter, Deke reviews the custom shortcuts (dekeKeys) and color settings that he recommends for efficiently working in Illustrator. 

 

Chapter 23: Blends and Masks
Blends and Masks are some of the oldest features in Illustrator. Blending allows you to create custom gradients and transitions. Masking allows you to place those blends inside the confines of a path outline. Both operate dynamically to allow you edit their outcomes at any time.  Read more » 

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Returning Home to Flood-Ravaged but Hero-Rich Boulder

As I mentioned last week, we were traveling abroad when record rainfall ravaged Deke's hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Boulder, which normally gets around 1.7 inches of rain in September, got over 17 inches in one day. Boulder Creek had a 100x increase in its water flow. And whilst Deke and I studied the 100-year and 500-year flood maps of Boulder from across the Atlantic, we came home to the aftermath of what some are now calling a 1000-year rainfall event. Do they sell insurance for that?

The pictures and stories were harrowing, and we weren't sure exactly what to expect, knowing that there had been basement flooding in both of Deke's homes.

The floodwaters that turned the streets into veritable rivers had receded, but piles of ripped up carpets and temporary large-scale trash containers all around the city served as a reminder of what we missed. Thanks to some quick, tireless work by neighbors, family, and friends who responded to our frantic texts and calls from Spain, the water had already been pumped out of the basement at Deke's condo and a preliminary rescue mission had started on the contents. Left behind were some interesting smells and and some notable casualties: 

Although there is some poignancy to this waterlogged collection of Deke's life's work, and the structural damage to his property is not insignificant, there were others in the area who lost their homes, their cars, and even their lives. Our friends and family members in Boulder definitely fell into the "it coulda been worse" category. 

The creek in back of Deke's family home didn't breach. The charming server in our favorite restaurant was rescued by a policeman from what she called "class 5 rapids" down a main thouroughfare. Deke's producer, Max and family were unscathed (albeit unsettled) by the waters rising in their backyard, and we got to find out, in that way you do when faced with disaster, just how hard-working, generous, and tireless a community can be and what's truly important in the end.  Read more » 

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Photoshop One-on-One: Advanced Updated for CC

This week, the third installment of Deke's Photoshop One-on-One series, the Advanced course, has been updated for Photoshop CC. This phase of dekeTraining is particularly useful for optimizing your photographs and learning how to create impeccable selections and composites. 

If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free week's trial at lynda.com/deke to check out the course. If you're not a member of Creative Cloud, you can still catch the CS6 and CS5 versions of the course at lynda.com. 

If you're familiar with the One-on-One approach, you know Deke likes to use compelling real-world examples to teach Photoshop features, so that you learn in context and with relevance to your own projects. Here's a look at the chapters covered in this installment, as well as a sneak peek at some of the hands-on projects you'll encounter in this latest course: 

Chapter 23. Shortcuts and Settings
This chapter includes the update to Deke's custom shortcuts, dekeKeys, and advice for getting the color settings right in Photoshop. 

 

Chapter 24. Smart Objects
Learn how to leverage this feature that allows you to put artwork inside a protective envelope of sorts, and then tweak (and update) with impunity, like in this watermark-creation project:  Read more » 

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Friday Fundamentals: Gauging the Best Sharpening Settings

This week's Friday (not quite Friday) Fundamentals features a video from Deke's latest Photoshop course, Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate. "Gauging the Best Sharpening Settings" is an unlocked video I've placed here for your Labor Day Weekend enjoyment. (Disclaimer: I had to hit the road yesterday to beat the traffic to my own holiday enjoyment, thus the "Friday Fundamentals" posting on Saturday. At least you know I thought about you dekeLlies once I secured my own vacation spot.) 

Sharpening is not about focus, but rather about editing an image to make its details appear more sharply defined. As Deke points out earlier in the course:

"It's important to note that we're not talking about focus. Photoshop can not reach back into your camera and adjust the optical focus of your lens element. Nor can it invent detail that does not exist. In other words, if an image was shot blurry, it will remain blurry. What Photoshop can do is take a well-focused image and make every detail appear crystal clear."

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