Deke's Techniques 305: Simulating Hand-Lettering with Art Brushes

Simulate hand-lettering with art brushes In Illustrator moved to Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke uses a savvy Illustrator-Photoshop combo to create a hand-lettered, distressed effect to increase the realism of last week's Chinese seal project

As you'll see in the video, step one is to grab the paths and their itinerant effects from Illustrator: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 304: Create Your Own Chinese Seal (or Chop)

Create a Personal Chinese Seal in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke sets out to create his own personal Chinese-style seal (or chop) in Adobe Illustrator. Starting with a field of red, Deke adds lines, shapes, and transformation effects until he's created a chop that's truly his own. 

Although you may not need a seal with an abstract take on the words "Deke McClelland" in your own work, the strategy and tools that Deke uses to create his own imprimatur can be easily translated to your own. 

Here's what Deke's symbol looks like at the end of this movie: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 303: A Totally Serious Photoshop Workflow

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shares a totally serious best practices workflow for cutting edge Photoshop technology. Totally. Seriously. 

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Deke's Techniques 302: Cleaning Up a Camera Phone Photo in Camera Raw

Hola, dekeAmigos. Greetings from Cozumel! We're here taking scads of underwater photos that will inevitably end up in future Deke's Techniques. In this week's dry-land, but free, Deke's Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how to vastly improve a camera phone photo inside good old Camera Raw. We all know the photos look great on your phone, but when you get them out into the real world, not so much. Deke shows you how to use trusty Camera Raw to solve five key areas where your photo might be falling short: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 300: Blending an Object's Shadow into Any Background

Blend Cast Shadows into Any Background

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke shows you how to blend the cast shadow of an object---particularly a standard stock photo-type object against a white background---into any new background. The trick is to use the Multiply blend mode to capture all the goodness of the shadow and mix it with its new environment, then put white pixels behind the actual object so that the opaque object itself doesn't blend. 

The technique works great for the volleyball that Deke uses in the movie, but I found myself wondering how it would work with say...a giant hunk of swiss cheese. Swiss cheese on a stock white backgroundYes, I'm going to attempt to move my own cheese. Read more » 

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