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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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Deke's Techniques 630: Drawing a Perfectly Kerned Logo in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 630: Drawing a Perfectly Kerned Logo in Illustrator

Greetings, my dekelySpecials. Sorry for the delay in this week's Deke's Techniques write-up, we've been chasing the eclipse in Alliance, Nebraska: home of Carhenge, ecliptic-al totality, and our amazing hosts at the Furman Bunkhouse (waves at Tom and Stephanie). More on our eclipse experience coming up shortly.

In this week's free episode, Deke shows you how to kern letters in Illustrator for a perfectly crafted, slanted, letters-get-along-in-peace-and-harmony logo:



You don't have to have ever cared about kerning (adjusting the space between letters in typographic layout) before to see the value here. And there's value (to my Illustrator-ignorant mind) to just learning how to move the letters around properly.

For members of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he made the A and the M not only properly kerned friends, but virtual intimates by overlapping the letters.

Deke's Techniques, where our letters, at the very least, live in peace and harmony! Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 628: Pasting Photoshop Paths into Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 628: Pasting Photoshop Paths into Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to take path outlines (or shape layers) from Photoshop, and get them to behave properly (i.e., according to your will) in Illustrator.

Step one is to collect the paths you want to duplicate in Photoshop, like, say, the tattoo outlines from the project a few weeks back:

Grabbing up the Photoshop paths from the tattoo'd face project

Step two is to paste them into Illustrator, using Deke's guidance to review the options you have and why you might want to choose them.

Photoshop paths transported to Illustrator

Oh, and step zero is to make sure that the Export Clipboard checkbox is turned on in the Photoshop Preferences General dialog box:

Check it out and sail through your next Photoshop to Illustrator path swap.

Deke's Techniques, making sure all the graphical applications appreciate each others' chosen paths. Read more » 

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