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Deke's Techniques 594: Creating an LCD Screen Effect in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke takes last week's emulation of a back-of-the-camera "screenshot" and adds a pattern that really makes it look like the pixely image you see on the back of the camera.

Yes, this means Deke took his smooth reproduction of a thing that looked too ratty for him in its original format, and figured out how to add some high-res rattiness that adds authenticity his reproduction.

OK, not many of us are going to want to do this but there is some actually useful stuff here, mostly concerning how to create and add a pattern overlay.

We'll start with last week's mockup of a screenshot, which frankly I thought looked pretty darn great.

The back-of-camera screenshot recreation

 

Then add a pattern that Deke will show you how to draw (it's sort of a grey-on-grey plaid).

A pattern drawn in Photoshop to emulate the LCD screen

And then lay it over the original to make this authentic looking lcd screenshot:

An LCD recreation complete with pattern

Frankly, this project is crazy, but mesmerizing, and my guess is that there are a variety of situations where this knowhow could be quite useful. Check this out to see how the pattern gets implement it, then put it to use in your artifical world.

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Deke's Techniques 592: Capturing a Screen that Can't Be Captured

Deke's Techniques 592: Capturing a Screen that Can't Be Captured

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke shows you how to create a screen that can't be captured using conventional screenshot methods.

Like you, I too, would be asking, "Why?" right about now if I hadn't spent years working on Deke's print books. During that arduous but rewarding process, we were required, by Captain Deke himself, to painstakingly construct meticulous screenshots that featured full-res imagery and cleaned-up interface elements.

For more about that painstaking process and a related technique for making selection outlines, see Deke's Techniques Episode 543.

This time, the recreation is in service of soon-to-be-released third installation of Deke and Hergen Spalink's Learning Underwater Photography Series. And the screen in question is the LCD from Herg's Nikon D810.

Recreating the LCD on the back of a DSLR

By the time Deke is done, he's got a full-res preview image, a true black background, and four accurate histograms, all of which can be used to demonstrate underwater photo skills without distracting students with ugly imagery.

And while you may not need to meticulously recreate your camera LCD screens, along the way you'll learn useful bits like how to make perfectly squared off strokes and how to remember to turn of Auto-Select with the Move tool (which will drive you crazy if you don't realize Adobe has changed the default setting in CC 2017),

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie in which he shows you how he colored the histograms and added the quarter lines to the image. Because this may just be exactly what you want to do.

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Deke's Techniques 590: Twirling a Portrait in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 590: Twirling a Portrait in Photoshop

In this weeks free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke shows you how to quickly apply his twirling system to an actual human face.

Oh, sure, twirling is cool. But the real secret to this techniques (once you learn the sequence and interplay of Photoshop filters that Deke shared last week), is that smart objects are named after the smart people who remember to use them.

In other words, if you start with last week's project, all you have to do is open up any of the smart (four) smart objects and replace the candy image with a face. Like perhaps this lovely colorful creature from Dreamstime.com.

A colorful portrait from dreamstime.com

Who with a quick replacement, an 180 degree spin, and a few layer style tweaks becomes this:

A portrait twirled in Photoshop

It's so easy I couldn't resist giving myself a twirl. Here I am in the British Museum. Don't I look suitably scholarly and artistically mysterious?

Another twirled portrait of Colleen Wheeler

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to increase the resolution of these twirly images without losing your mind waiting for high-res originals to work through processor intensive Photoshop filters.

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Deke's Techniques 588: Creating Twirl Art in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 588: Creating Twirl Art in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create retro-yet-trendy twirl art using some retro and not-at-all trendy but still useful filters in Photoshop.

Specifically, he takes this colorful candy photo from our friends at Dreamstime:

Colorful candy from Dreamstime.com

 

And twirls it into this, using Photoshop filters Radial Blur (sure), Twirl (naturally), and Mezzotint (never heard of it before).

Candy photo twirled in Photoshop

 

If you're a member of Lynda.com and a fan of twirling your day away, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he created this symmetrical version of the piece.

Twirl art made symmetrical

I think I see a colorful wizard. Hmmm, twirl art as self-portrait, Deke?

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Deke's Techniques 587: Customizing a New Document in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 587: Customizing a New Document in Illustrator

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke abandons his traditional heart-shaped approach to Valentine's Day and illustrates his love for you dekeIntines by showing you how to customize Illustrator's New Document presets.

This practical approach is one of the things that I love best about Deke. I mean Valentine's Day usually just means that all our favorite restaurants are full of stressed out couples who hate going out to dinner when we really haven't noticed what day it is and just want to feed the kids without cooking.

But here at deke.com, you get a gift that will last all year, every time you start a new project in Illustrator. The key to unlocking this ability is to know where your preset files live, and then either cutting and pasting this into a new folder window in on the PC:

%AppData%\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 21 Settings\en_US\x64\New Document Profiles

...or choosing Go > Go to Folder on the Mac and entering this:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator 21/en_US/New Document Profiles

You'll have to unlock permissions as well, but Deke shows you how. And once you're in there, you can change the artboard name and dimensions, the swatches that will open by default, the document size, the Layers panel thumbnail size (yes!), and more.

And crucially, Deke shows you how to employ this fabulous not-exactly-a-template when you need to use it.

So if you're looking for frivolous (but impeccable and heartfelt) heart shapes, you'll have to go back to Deke's Techniques 042 and 43:

How to draw a heart (in Illustrator) and gloss it up (in Photoshop)

But if you're looking for true Illustrator love, accept this sincere gift from Deke, good any day of the year. Read more » 

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