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Deke's Techniques 029: Creating a Shooting Star in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 029: Creating a Shooting Star in Illustrator

This week, I shift back to Illustrator. In which I explore one of the oldest---not to mention, one of my favorite---features in that particular piece of software: blends. These things were introduced waaaaaaaay back in Illustrator 88 (which came out in 1988, when I was a mere child of 26 and Guns N' Roses played its best hand with "Sweet Child O' Mine," not that I was paying all that much attention to the song thing because I was a nerd using Illustrator). Between you and me, blends were originally Illustrator's bizarre response to FreeHand's automatic gradients (which Illustrator didn't add until a few years later). These days, you probably won't use blends to make an everyday-average gradient backdrop. I mean really, what the feck's the point? But blends're useful as a sack of srewdrivers for creating all varieties of intermediate objects. Which are precisely what we need to fabricate this week's topic, shooting stars.

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Deke's Techniques 028: Adding Stereo-3D Text and Shapes

Deke's Techniques 028: Adding Stereo-3D Text and Shapes

Hey gang. This week's Deke's Techniques videos are all about adding text and shapes to a 3D stereoscopic photograph, like the one created in last week's technique. In today's free movie, I show you how to add text and shapes at different planes of depth. In the follow-up video at lynda.com, I show you how to tilt the text and shapes so they incline in 3D space toward the viewer.

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Deke's Techniques 027: Making a Stereoscopic Photo

Deke's Techniques 027: Making a Stereoscopic Photo

As I write this, I've published 20 hours of video training on the topic of 3D imaging in Photoshop. (For those who may be curious, it begins with the 5-hour Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Fundamentals, about which you can learn more at lynda.com.) These movies are all about creating photorealistic 3D artwork from scratch. But what if you're not interested in 3D artwork? What if you want to create 3D photographs? Well then you're in luck, because that's precisely what this week's technique is all about.

Remember those old View-Master images? It's like that, only with glasses. Plus loads of fun and really easy.

In today's free video, I show you how to shoot two photographs---one for each of your naturally stereoscopic eyes---using a standard single-lens camera. And then I assemble them in Photoshop so that the composite image appears in everyday-average lifelike depth when viewed through a pair of red-cyan glasses, like the ones pictured below, provided by Fotolia.

3D glasses from the Fotolia image library

Red, white, and blue. What a fitting day-after-Fourth-of-July tribute! Meanwhile, here's the official description from lynda.com: Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 026: Creating a Classic Heart in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 026: Creating a Classic Heart in Illustrator

Hello all. In this week's Technique, I show you how to draw a classic heart shape in Adobe Illustrator. The introductory graphic is a bit misleading. I don't actually add the stylized highlights and shadows. Nor do I add the nipples. (But, you know, isn't it interesting how two innocent ellipses can turn something so harmless into something mildly salacious? Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 025: Putting Wings on a Horse

Deke's Techniques 025: Putting Wings on a Horse

It's a horse. It's a goose. It's a hoose! Which is precisely what we'll be doing this week. In today's free weekly Deke's Techniques, I'll show you how to take two legitimate animals---from different sides of the taxonomic track---and merge them together to create a mythological creature. Known to scientists the world over as a gorse.

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