Deke's Techniques 401: Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

Stying Type with a Pattern of Vertical Lines

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke finally wraps up that MDNA-inspired photo that we've been working on for the past two weeks, by showing you how to create the vertically striped text at the bottom.

There are also two exclusive movies at this week. The first shows you how to reshape the letterforms to match the intervals of the pattern you apply. The second shows you how to swap one photographic image in this project for another. If you're not a member of, you can get 10 free days to check it out by going to lynda,com/deke.

Why so short and sweet this week, Colleen? Well, Deke and I have hauled all our progeny to Cayman Brac for a scuba-diving spring break this week. And both my surface time and bandwidth are limited. But in celebration of Deke's new course and to prove to you dekeOphiles that he never stops working, even underwater, here are some photos of Deke with his nose (and GoPro) to the grindstone.

In the second photo, there is virtually no info in the red channel, so when I get off the island, maybe I'll revisit these images with a little bit of Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop with Deke McClelland.  Blub, blub! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 398: Infusing an Image with Vivid Nightclub Colors

Infuse your image with vivid nightclub color

In this week's free Deke's Techniques video, Deke adds some vivid nightclub-esque colors to last week's homage to the MDNA album cover. With a few hue and saturation adjustments in Camera Raw (applied in Photoshop CC via an editable filter) and a gradient fill, he takes the ribbed glass image we left off with...

...and adds some vibrant Madonna-inspired color.

Vibrant colors added to a scene in Photoshop

If you've been waiting to use your free 10-day trial (obtainable at to watch some cool exclusive movies, today might be the day to jump in, because Deke's got two member-exclusive movies to share this week. In the first, he adds the MDNA album cover-inspired bands of color. In the second exclusive movie, he patches some badly displaced edges on his way to this ultimate result:

Colored bands and edge fixes in Photoshop

And to demonstrate the flexibility of this week's advice, as well as acknowledge that---here in the US---St. Patrick's Day is considered an excuse to turn green in a nightclub, here is my own experiment with today's techniques. (Love how her lips stay vibrant red here, because I definitely draw the line at green lipstick):

Change the color of the effect for St. Patrick's Day

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Deke's Techniques 396: Put Your Photo Behind Ribbed Glass

Put Your Photo Behind Ribbed Glass in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke places a glamorous portrait behind a ribbed glass effect in Photoshop. It's step one in an homage to Madonna's MDNA album cover, which uses a repeating gradient that you create yourself, which is then applied as a displacement map. In other words, this:

Original photo

Plus this:

80 pixel gradient stripes to use in the ribbed glass effect

Equals this:

The Photoshop-created ribbed glass effect.

If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he riffs off this idea, but with a displacement map created with the Glass filter.

Angled distortion lines with the Glass filter as a displacement map

If you're not a member of and would like to check out this exclusive movie, the entire Deke's Techniques collection, and every other bit of awesome in the library, you can sign up for a free 10-day trial at Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 394: Adding Strokes and Fills to Type in Illustrator

Add Strokes and Fills to Type in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke reveals how to apply strokes and fills to text in Adobe Illustrator, skirting around AI's limited control over individual character attributes.

The trick is to apply your strokes and fills to the entire text object, which then allows you to use the Appearance panel to apply a variety of strokes, and even a gradient fill, effectively. In this video, Deke will show you how to get there and, of course, how to avoid falling into the ineffective trap of trying to apply attributes to individual characters. Just look at all that Appearance panel goodness going on here:

Use the Appearance panel in Illustarator to apply strokes and fills to a type object.

If you're a member of, you can catch this week's exclusive movie, in which Deke shows you how he filled in those gaps behind the letters and applied a stroke to the whole shebang.

Fill in the gaps behind letters in Illustrator

If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at This will allow you to check out the entire library of Deke's Techniques, with some bonus time to peruse Deke's other courses as well as the vast array of additional instruction to be found in the library.

What Illustrator + Type gems might you find in the Deke's Techniques archive? Here's one example from the collection on Hand-drawing custom-made letters, which is currently unlocked for all in the library:

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Deke's Techniques 393: Assembling DICOM Slices into a 3D Image in Photoshop

Assemble DICOM Slices into a 3D Image

This week's free Deke's Techkneeques episode is a classic lemons-to-lemonade story. In attempting to keep up with the younger set, Deke not only sacrificed his knee to keep a volleyball in play, but continued to play for another two hours to prove he wasn't damaged. Which, of course, damaged his old-man knee. Which, in turn, gave him the chance to turn the DICOM files from his MRI into a 3D model of his injured knee. Read more » 

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