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Deke's Techniques 019: Splitting and Modifying 3D Meshes

Deke's Techniques 019: Splitting and Modifying 3D Meshes

So last week, I showed you how to begin the process of creating a 3D pie chart in Photoshop CS5 Extended. And this week, I show you how to take that very basic thing and make it a tangible slice of business-graphics reality. By which I mean: splitting the meshes, coloring the slices, and moving the wedges forward and back.

And if that's not enough, I'll teach you intrepid members of the lynda.com Online Training Library how to exploit Photoshop CS5 Extended's amazingly powerful Ground Plane Shadow Catcher. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 018: Creating a 3D Pie Chart

Deke's Techniques 018: Creating a 3D Pie Chart

As a rule, business graphics are rarely regarded as the sexiest of design projects. But just about every creative professional has to create one in his or her career. So when it comes your turn, why not make that graphic as gorgeous as it can possible be? Which is why, this week, I show you how to create a 3D pie chart so colorful and lustrous you'll want to reach out and touch it. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 017: Creating a Seamlessly Repeating Pattern in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 017: Creating a Seamlessly Repeating Pattern

Upon reviewing this week's technique, I regard it as entirely sound and junk. But I fear it may ask as many questions than it answers. Which is the purpose of art, after all.

In this free video, I show you how to create a seamlessly repeating tile pattern in Photoshop. Which involves as many applications of the Offset filter as it requires leaps of logic. It's all there, but even I had to pause the movie a couple of times and shake the cobwebs out of my head. And I recorded the damn thing! Which just goes to show you . . . not sure what. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 016: Turning a Photo into an Ink Drawing

Deke’s Techniques 016: Turning a Photo into an Ink Drawing

It's been nearly a month since my last artistic adventure in Deke's Techniques. (I'm thinking of DTs 012: "Creating a High Key, High Contrast Effect.") And so I reckon it's time for another one. In fact, I have two for you. Visitors to this site can watch me turn a photographic image into a faux pen-and-ink drawing. And members of lynda.com can watch a second video in which I turn the same image into a pencil sketch.

Here's the description from high atop Central Headquarters L-dot-C:

For this week's free Photoshop technique, Deke McClelland takes an ordinary portrait shot, applies several filters (two of which he claims to never use under any other circumstances), and transforms the photo into an "ink drawing." By way of Gaussian Blur, Smart Blur (there's one), High Pass, Notepaper (there's the other), and yet more Gaussian blur, you'll learn how to take a photo like the one on the left and achieve a pen-on-paper effect like the one on the right.

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Deke’s Techniques 015: Correcting Red-Eye like a Pro

Deke’s Techniques 015: Correcting Red-Eye like a Pro

This week, I show you how to fix red-eye. Now I know, some of you are thinking, really Deke, red-eye?!? First of all, that's not something a professional photographer with any skills or equipment encounters. And second, aren't there tools for automatically fixing that problem? Read more » 

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