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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 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 644: Modify a TIFF Clipping Path in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to access a (Photoshop-created) clipping path inside Illustrator.

The saga begins with this model from Dreamstime.com, around which Deke has drawn a clipping path in Photoshop in order to separate her from her background.

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Deke's Techniques 642: Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 642: Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke riffs of last week's "wrapped" logo and creates a more softly "blanketed" version in Adobe Illustrator.
A softly blanketed Z logo in Adobe Illustrator

He once again begins with a grid and a foundational set of stripes:

Grid guides and stripes in Illustrator

Next he builds a custom letter Z, using the same grid that guided the stripes:

A big Z to serve as a blanketed logo object

And then, in that way that Deke's art + math mind works, he duplicates, reflects, joins, and deletes as necessary to create the facade of the artwork:

Breaking up the stripes

And last, curved line segment attach all the components and render the soft volumetric blanketing effect:

If you're a member of Lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning, you can check out this week's exclusive movie in which Deke finishes up this project with the trickier curves necessary to gently envelop the center of the Z.

Deke's Techniques, blanketing you in precisely calculated Illustrator knowledge. 

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Deke's Techniques 638: Imbuing Your Chuck Close Effect with Color

Deke's Techniques 638: Imbuing Your Chuck Close Effect with Color

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes last week Chuck Close-inspired portrait and imbues it with some color by adding a radial gradient pattern in Photoshop.

The Chuck Close effect in Photoshop with a radial gradient pattern applied

As you may recall from last week's episode, Deke's original Chuck Close effect was achieved by adding a pattern created by the splotches (on the left below). For this technique, he adds another pattern layer featuring the custom gradient (on the right below), and then masks it using the highlight mask he created for last week's project.

Splotches and radial gradient patterns in Photohsop

If you're a member of Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he adds yet another round of color featuring another custom radial gradient pattern applied to the midtone areas of the portrait.



Interesting thing about this week's project, both Deke and I preferred earlier renditions (namely last week's version) to this more colorful version. Here are the three side-by-side for your consideration:



What do you think? Do you ever finish a project and then go back to an earlier, subtler stage?

Deke's Techniques, where were never ashamed to go back to a more civilized scenario. 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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