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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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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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