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Deke's Techniques 038: Healing One Eye onto Another

Deke's Techniques 038: Healing One Eye onto Another

If you use Photoshop, I imagine you probably know all about the amazing healing brush, which lets you clone one area of an image (called the source) onto another area and seamlessly merge the results. (Or, at least, that's the idea. Some results are more seamless than others.) But do you know about the healing brush's partner in crime, the Clone Source panel? It lets you set the position of the source as well as scale it. Better yet, you can flip and rotate the source.

In this week's free video, I show you how to flip and rotate the source to heal a good eye onto a bad one. If you've never seen this trick, you're in for an eye-opening surprise.

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Deke's Techniques 037: Auto-Collapsing a Selection Outline

Deke's Techniques 037: Auto-Collapsing a Selection Outline

This week's technique is going to seem boring a hell or wickedly wonderful as hell depending on your state of mind. Good old fanciful old Hell. It's either hideously horrible or astoundingly attractive based on your momentary whims.

But here's the idea: I start with a flat image file from a talented artist who does great work but isn't particularly skilled at Photoshop. And you have to edit it. Specifically, you want to select a detail and have your selection automatically contract around said detail, without you having to expend a lot of unnecessary effort. (You're on deadline, after all!) Well, this extremely button-down technique shows you how it works.

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Deke's Techniques 036: Designing a Magically Updating Pattern

Deke's Techniques 036: Designing a Magically Updating Pattern

Hey gang. Tonight finds me at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. Earlier today I taught my four-hour "precon" workshop, Photoshop 3D Fundamentals, and I'm happy to report, it was a scintillating sold-out success. Afterward, I had a beer with a member of the Photoshop 3D development team who filled me in on some upcoming developments. I can't share details, but it all sounded very encouraging. (Suffice it to say, it sounds like everything I pissed and moaned about in either my session or my Photoshop 3D videos for lynda.com is begin addressed.)

I mention this because, well, it means that I'm getting around to posting this week's Deke's Techniques many hours later than normal. Fortunately, the technique is worth the wait. This week, I show you how to design a magically updating pattern in Illustrator. The movie (which itself is quite magical) is a kind of two-parter. In the first three and a half minutes, I show you how to fill a page with a repeating pattern using Illustrator's best and most powerful dynamic effect, Transform. After that, I show you how to update the entire page by editing a few base path outlines. Along the way, I integrate another dynamic effect, Roughen.

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Deke's Techniques 035: Drawing Trendy Swirls in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 035: Drawing Trendy Swirls in Illustrator

Many moons ago, I asked you guys to post suggestions for my weekly Deke's Techniques. Many of you commented, for which I thank you. For example, motorheadzzz asked me not to neglect Illustrator. He then requested "some stylized graphics like swirls and swooshes . . . basically how to recreate popular effects, not so much because of their style, but just to show how they were created."

Happily, motorheadzzz posted his request six months ago. (I say "happily," because we were all six months younger then.) And I, being the ever-timely fellow that I am, am just today answering that question. Please, mhz, let me know if this wasn't quite the answer you had in mind and I will get back sometime in the year 2525.

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Deke's Techniques 034: Coloring the Stripes on a Zebra

Deke's Techniques 034: Coloring the Stripes on a Zebra

Last week, I changed a red car to solid gold and then, in the lynda.com Online Training Library, to jet black. This week, I do something very nearly resembling the opposite. That is to say, I take the "black" (cuz they're really dark gray) stripes on a zebra and render them in color. Which you might not regularly find yourself doing to a zebra. But you may want to do, say, a piece of black-and-white artwork.

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