Happy New Year, dekeOtopians. To kick things off with style, we’re launching Deke’s Techniques, a new offering of bite-sized training from your beloved computer graphics guru (who, as you know, beloves you right back). Deke’s Techniques is a cross between a weekly blog post, podcast, and project-based tutorial, presented in Deke’s signature (and lovably notorious) step-by-step style. Each week, you can enjoy a free video here, in which Deke shares another of his visually compelling creative effects in a quick, accessible, recipe format. And while here at dekeOnline we’ll feature a new video for everyone to enjoy each week, over at lynda.com, members will have access to the entire, ever-growing collection of Deke’s Techniques directly from the library (including lots of exclusive library-only videos).
Sure, Deke is well-known for his in-depth comprehensive video One-on-One series on Photoshop and Illustrator. But it’s a new year and maybe you’re looking for a light healthy snack rather than a full 27-course meal. Deke’s Techniques will satisfy that craving. Check out the preview episode here, in which Deke (in under 10 minutes) shares his recipe for this cool, icy type effect—perfectly suited for your January creative endeavors! Filters, layer effects, and, of course, the judicious use of smart objects combine to create this chilly effect. But throughout, your type remains decidedly unfrozen and editable underneath.
As an added bonus, Deke offers this free Photoshop Ice Type action, which lets you turn any live text layer into an embedded smart object of ice type. Start with a chilly background, add some big display type, load this action, and let ‘er rip. If the action pauses on the final step (in the Layer Style dialog box), switch to Bevel and Emboss, change the Contour option to Ring, and click OK.
But don’t merely rely on the action. Watch the video. The action applies the initial effect only (about 6:45 in). And the video includes insights that you can use as a jumping-off pointing for your own creative endeavors.