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Deke's Techniques 054: Turning a Photo Into Line Art

Deke's Techniques 054: Turning a Photo Into Line Art

If you scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the last » button, you'll be taken to the first test articles I created for this site, "Creating a Photo-Realistic Line Drawing, Part 1," and the same, "Part 2."

Frankly, I love those techniques so much that A) I wrote them up as an exercise in my book Photoshop CS5 One-on-One and B) I have long felt a persistent desire to document them in video. Which is precisely what I do today.

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Deke's Techniques 053: Capturing a Real-Life Cast Shadow

Deke's Techniques 053: Capturing a Real-Life Cast Shadow

It's one thing to impeccably mask an image into a new scene. But it's another to get the masked image to interact with its new environment. And oftentimes what that masked image needs is a shadow.

In this week's technique, I show you how to capture and cast a shadow from one scene into another.

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Deke's Techniques 052: Removing Unwanted People from a Photo with Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 052: Removing People from a Photo

Hello everyone. Happy New Year, and welcome to the first anniversary of Deke's Techniques. I began this weekly video series on January 4 of 2011, and I am assured by the good folks at lynda.com that it will last well into the future.

What better way to celebrate the outset of 2012 than with a wedding photo? And not just any photo, but a candid shot with a bunch of unwanted people in the background. My friend, Mary (the bride), asked me to remove those interlopers so that she and her groom, Billy, can enjoy some much-needed time alone. Which is exactly what I do in this video.

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Deke's Techniques 051: Creating a Stained-Glass Ornament

Deke's Techniques 051: Creating a Stained-Glass Ornament

Hey, gang! Welcome to my last Deke's Techniques video of 2011.

I know, some of you worried this kooky series (officially made a course at lynda.com) wouldn't last the entire year. After all, witness the short-form stuff I've created. My passing fancy with dekePod (click the link and then the "last" button at bottom for evidence). My two-year stint with "Martini Hour." And my eventual abandonment of the Photoshop Bible. (Altho that last one was not short-form, dammit; I devoted a dozen years of my tiny life to that ginormous title!)

If you only knew me. I'm a marathon guy. (Again, I cite the Photoshop Bible.) And, lo, Deke's Techniques lives on.

This week, I make for you A Special Holiday Gift. As Christmas and Hanukkah converge, I yield forth a hummingbird rendered as a precious stained-glass ornament. It's a small gift---not to mention, a digital (and so ephemeral) one---but what it lacks in stature in makes up for in pure training mass.

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Deke's Techniques 050: Masking with Photoshop's Blunt Instruments

Deke's Techniques 050: Masking with Blunt Instruments

Well, gang, I think it's safe to say that the Holiday Season is upon us. And if your day went anything like mine, you were on the go all day long. So the last thing you have time for is a long, elaborate Photoshop project, particularly one that involves the sometimes mind-bending rigors of masking.

Which is why today, I offer you something special: a way to muscle your way through a mask---and a complex one at that---without contemplation, Calculations, or even consideration. All it takes is a few blunt tools, lots of brute force, and perseverance.

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