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Deke's Techniques 584: Tinted Custom Arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 584: Tinted Custom Arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke riffs further on the ability to customize arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator. This time, he shows you how to set up those arrowhead symbols so that you can create tinted versions. So what once looked like this:

A boring arrowhead

Gets tweaked in the arrowhead.ai file (see last week for instructions) to become these:

Creating tinted custom arrowheads in Illustrator

Which are then employed in a colorized way in your Illustrator document to become this:

Custom tinted arrowheads

In the course of the movie, you'll learn a great deal about how to use the path-wrangling commands in Illustrator to get them to bend your arrowhead shape to your will (or to your vision). It's a customized frenzy of joining, subtracting, pasting, dividing, and ungrouping...with pointy things.

For members of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie, where he manipulates the components of those arrowhead symbols even further, by adding the ability to add multiple colors. The trick is to create both solid and tinted forms of the same shape that can be employed together:

Making pairs of custom arrowheads for color customization.

Which eventually yield this when combined together in your document:

Custom multi-colored arrowheads created in Adobe IllustratorAnd of course, it's not Deke if things don't get mildly ridiculous, so a second exclusive movie this week shows you how to make a multi-colored, shaded smiley face "arrowhead." (At what point does it stop being an arrowhead?)

A circle of smileys created by customizing arrowheads.

Note, there's no real reason to do this via arrowhead customization, but hey, it's Deke and there's always some seemingly useless bit of information that will undoubtedly, one day, pay off...if you're really lucky.

If you're not a member of Lynda.com and you want to go down this rabbit hole to the very bottom, you can get a free 10-day trial from lynda.com/deke with which you can watch all the episodes of Deke's Techniques and while the day away learning new things about Photoshop and Illustrator.

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Deke's Techniques 582: Creating custom arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 582: Creating custom arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke digs down into Illustrator to figure out how to make custom arrowheads. The trickiest part of this whole thing is to find the file that you need to edit.

The arrowheads.ai file  will (at least for today, until Adobe sees fit to change it) be at one of these locations:

  •  Under Windows, bring up a folder window, click in the path field, and type in:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2017\Support Files\Required\Resources\en_US
     
  • At the Macintosh Finder, choose Go to Folder, and type in:/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CC 2017/Support Files/Resources/en_US


The second trickiest part (OK, THIS IS CURRENTLY THE TRICKIEST PART BECAUSE WE'RE WAITING FOR AN UPDATE TO THE MOVIE) is to unlock the permissions so you can edit the file. On the PC, right-click on the file and choose Properties. On the Mac, right-click and choose Get Info, then give permission to yourself to Read & Write. Ten Deke has created this handy cheat sheet:
Where to unlock the arrowheads.ai file

Finally, you get to tweak (well, copy and tweak) an existing arrowhead, turn it into a symbol, and employ it on your next arrowless line. Eschewing Deke's rather mundane arrow customizations, I actually made a copy of "Arrow 20" and with a few drags of the corner widgets, turned it into this lovely heart shape, suitable for creating a magic wand that brings love and warmth to the dwellers of dekeTopia. (And everywhere, really, we all could use a magic heart wand these days.)

Changing a boring arrowhead into a heart

If you're a member of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week, in which he shows you how to turn these "arrowheads" into custom end caps.

Customized endcaps in Adobe Illustrator

If you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial at lynda.com/deke to check it out.

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Deke's Techniques 580: Symbols and Spaces in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

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In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke takes one for the Lynda.com training team and makes sure you know about a new symbols and spaces feature in text inside Adobe Illustrator 2107. Not sexy. But useful. When it works right.

While some of these symbols have been around forever (and had Mac OS level—shortcuts associated with them), PC users can now enjoy analogous keyboard shortcuts for entering their bullets and squiggles without having to resort to entering cryptic numerical codes.

Symbols available by keyboard shortcut in AI CC 2017

Illustrator also now has non-standard spaces you can enter via shortcut or menu as well, including a hair space and a thin space. Check out the video to see not only how it works, but where the limitations are.

Space options in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

Meanwhile, if that is as boring to you as it is to me (it will undoubtedly be exciting to...someone), then Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you an infinitely more exciting feature update in Illustrator 2017, that of the wacky world of live polygons.

Live polygons in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

If you want to check out the polygon movie and you're not a member of lynda.com, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at lynda.com/deke.

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Deke's Techniques 578: Spray-painted Stencil Type in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 578: Spray-painted Stencil Type in Photoshop

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, (a mildly over-caffienated?) Deke shows you how to duplicate the effect of spray painting through a stencil inside Photoshop. This technique will allow you to express your messages of peace, politics, or protest without actually defacing any property.

In the tutorial, you'll see how to:

  • Load your text as a selection outline.
  • Have a cool background (like ours from Dreamstime):


     
  • Tweak your brush settings accordingly, including pressure settings that help you get the most of your tablet (if you have one).
  • Filter for softness and the inherent imprecision that would come from  stenciling with spray paint in the non-Photoshop (aka "real") world.
  • Use the Underlying Layer controls in the Layer Style dialog box to fine tune the texture of the "paint."

If you're a member of lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he added some additional features (paint drips and an offset to account for the uneven background material).

A spray-painted stencil effect in Photoshop

If you're not a member, you can get a 10-day free trial at lynda.com/deke.

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Deke's Techniques 577: Quick and Chalky Chalkboard Type

Deke's Techniques 577: Quick and Chalky Chalkboard Type

In this week's free episode of Deke's Techniques, Deke creates a quick and dirty (chalky) chalkboard text effect in Photoshop. Using some basic filters, a couple of blend modes, and an adjustment layer, he turns this boring text:

Boring text about to be chalked in Photoshop

 

Into this slightly more exciting text (set in Flood Std) for your chalk-emulating needs:

Text set in Flood Std on its way to being chalked

 

And then adds some key filters as well as some actual chalk (courtesy of this image from our friends at Dreamstime):

Chalk

 

To arrive at this quick and easy composite. (Chalkboard background also courtesy of  Dreamstime.)

A chalkboard text effect in Photoshop

 

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