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Deke's Techniques 428: Auto-Blending Different Depths-of-Field in Photoshop

Blending Different Depths of Field in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Emperor Photoshopus Dekian shows you how to blend two different depths of field, taken from a museum display case at the Roman Baths in the aptly named Bath, England. The result is the in-focus revelation of both the text in the display, and the coins that are the real focus of the exhibit. Tangentially, it will also make clear Deke's love of all things Ancient Rome.

In the video, you'll see how Deke uses Photoshop's ability to stack and blend layers to mix the important information from this placard, that was placed at the back of the display case:

Text in focus

 

With this detail from Phillip and Otacilia's coins that were mounted on wires coming to the front of the glass:

Coins in focus

 

To create this composite, in which all the important details are in focus (and some atmospheric bits still retain their original depth of field:

A blend of two depths of field make all the salient information in focus

Check out the video to see how Emperor Deke fine-tunes the process (and thereby saves you some trial-and-error of your own). And if you'd like to check out other treasures from the museum of Deke's Techniques, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 636: Creating a Chuck Close Effect in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 636: Creating a Chuck Close Effect in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke creates a Chuck Close-style effect for Photoshop portraits, paying homage to the legendary portrait artist's abstract large-scale photo-realistic grid-structured works of art.

He begins with this portrait (from our friends at Dreamstime.com), adding Vibrance and Clarity adjustments to help prepare it for what he has in store:

An original close-up shallow depth of field portrait from Dreamstime.com

Then he creates a textured pattern of paint splotches, based on this 5 x 5 grid of dekeDrawn blobs:

Splotches in a grid

Finally, using a combination of blend modes, Levels adjustments, and shadow/highlight based layer masks in Photoshop, he arrives at this effect:

A Chuck Close-inspired portrait in Photoshop

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he created the paint splotches that he used to make the pattern.

Deke's Techniques, getting you closer to Photoshop mastery.

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Deke's Techniques 635: Turning a Cube into a Hex Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 635: Turning a Cube into a Hex Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to turn last week's complex orthogonal cube into a completely mind-churning repeating pattern.

A repeating pattern of cubes in Adobe Illustrator

The reason this works is that although the "cube" looks like a cube, it's technically a hexagonal two-dimensional representation of a cube. In other words, it's a hexagon, and thus lends itself to a hex-pattern.

As a final touch, he puts the original cube on top of the pattern, using the Transform effect to get it into place.

A cube laid over a pattern of itself in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques, where the password is HEXAGON. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 633: Designing an Intriguing Cube Logo in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 633: Designing an Intriguing Cube Logo in Illustrator

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke uses Adobe Illustrator to create an intriguing (TM Deke) cubical logo.

While the bulk of the exercise is really drawing with the pen tool and figuring out (with your artistic-spatial abilities) what color each "side" should be, the real infrastructure here is provided by an intricate set of snap-able guides. And thanks to Illustrator's reflect and rotate tools, you can draw this yourself using math and a little organization.

Guides in place to draw a cube logo in Illustrator

Then, the sides and corners are traced and filled with the pen tool:

And in the end, you have this compelling cube:

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to take unfortunately mitered corners like these:

Sadly mitered corners in Illustrator

And turn them into beautifully aligned corners like these:

Consistent cubic corners in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques, walking you through cubic space so you don't lose your way.

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Deke's Techniques 631: Processing the Great American Eclipse

Deke's Techniques 631: Processing the Great American Eclipse

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke reveals how he developed one of his total eclipse photos in Photoshop/Camera Raw. Yesterday, I recounted our adventure leading up to this photo, but here is Deke's recipe for what comes after (besides a good Nebraska steak and hot tubbing under a blanket of stars).

Here is one of Deke's images from the totality before any processing (still extremely cool):

The "before" shot of the eclipse from Alliance, Nebraska

And here is his ultimate interpretation after some minor color adjustment, detail and noise balancing, and a crop to better center the sun/moon.



If you're a member of Lynda.com/LinkedInLeanring, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he smoothed out the noisy universe in the background usingthe radial blur filter.

Deke's Techniques, because the universe needs a little less noise sometimes. Read more » 

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