An Actual Dream Effect, Captured in Photoshop

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, you, the denizens of dekeLand, get a look inside the very special subconscious of dreamDeke. Yes, Deke awakened with the idea for this dizzying design and was actually able to record and enhance it in Photoshop. This gives you insight into what it’s like to live with Deke. (It’s a dream come true!)

Anyway, the dream design starts with a single line (that looks something like a tepid sinus rhythm), drawn from the center of a blank canvas out across a horizontal guide.

A single brush stroke drawn in Photoshop

Next, that line is repeated at 15 degree intervals by leveraging the Transform command with some key modifiers:

The line rotated and repeated around the center

Then the whole design is wrapped up in a smart object to which a Radial Blur is applied:

The entire wheel of the design with Radial Blur applied

Back in Photoshop proper, Deke adds a cyan-ish background:

Design with a blue background applied

And then creates a custom gradient to overlay some bright colors that live in his sleeping psyche:

Design with a custom radial gradient overlay applied

Finally, a highlight in the center adds some extra visual interest (as if there weren’t enough already).

An offset mask allows a spectral highlight

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he creates yet another series of lines:

Another set of handrawn lines repeated in a circluar pattern

And then layers them into his dream composition.

New lines added to original composition

A second gradient gives you the doubly dreamy design you see at the top.

Deke’s Techniques, literally living the dream inside Photoshop.

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