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Deke's Techniques 049: Designing an Indiana Jones Logo

Deke's Techniques 049: Designing an Indiana Jones Logo

Today, I'm offline on a personal adventure. And yet, I still manage to offer you a kind of adventure as well. In the form of Adventure Type in Photoshop.

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Deke's Techniques 048: Drawing Rays of Light in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 048: Drawing Rays of Light in Photoshop

If today's graphic looks like last week's, it because today builds on last week's theme. But the topic is fresh. Today, I show you how to construct rays of soft, blurry, and entirely fabricated light using none other than vector-based shape layers. In Photoshop. With the help of the Polygon tool and the Masks panel. And the Linear Dodge blend mode.

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Deke's Techniques 047: Tracing an Image with Path Outlines

Deke's Techniques 047: Tracing an Image with Path Outlines

Today's free movie examines a masking technique. And for once, we won't be using the image to select itself. After all, this is a light bulb, with fragile, translucent edges and very little in the way of color or luminance to set it apart from its background. Happily, it's man-made (gender-neutral, could be woman-made, don't give a crap), so its edges are entirely geometric, as if created with a French curve, protractor, and abacus. By candlelight.

In such situations, your ally is the Paths panel. Most folks associate paths with the Pen tool. Which makes sense. You can draw paths with the Pen tool, but let's be honest: Even if you love the Pen, it has a sharp point that will, on a regular and unfailing basis, poke you in the butt. (Meaning that it's not always that fun to use.) The better solution: Trace your object with a few dozen ellipses, circles, and rectangles. After all, whether you're tracing an old-school light bulb or a new-school smart phone, ellipses, circles, and rectangles are what our wonderful world of glamorous gadgets are made from.

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Deke's Techniques 046: Rendering a Portrait in Type

Deke's Techniques 046: Rendering a Portrait in Type

Anyone who knows the ins and outs of the printing business is familiar with halftone dots. Viewed up close, you see the colored dots; viewed from a distance, the dots resolve into a continuous-tone image. This week, I take on something similar. Only instead of dots, I substitute characters of text. Viewed up close, you see letters. Viewed from a distance---or merely, as a whole---the letters resolve into a photograph. Either way, the text remains legible as text.

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Deke's Techniques 045: Creating a Synthetic Rainbow

Deke's Techniques 045: Creating a Synthetic Rainbow

This week, I show you how to make a synthetic rainbow, one that actually looks like an actual one, in Photoshop. If I were a silly little girl, I might posit the rainbow in back of a magical prancing unicorn. But I'm a silly little boy, so I set it in back of a highly aggressive, man-eating shark.

"Pardon?" I here you say. "How do you put a rainbow in back of a shark??" Watch the video and find out.

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