Deke’s Techniques 338: The Four Interlocking Hands of Brotherhood and Teamwork

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to take last week’s hand-drawing—-which may, at one point, been have beenmisunderstood as a fist—-and intertwine it with three of its brethren to make a classic (if you lived through the 1970s) intertwined four hands of peach, brotherhood, teamwork, and intergalactic cooperation. 

Along the way, you’ll learn some useful tips for creating interwoven objects in Illustrator, namely:

  • How to make gradients in Illustrator by dragging swatches from one panel to another
  • How Illustrator’s "Paste in Front" command can be incredibly useful 
  • How to align and arrange like a professional peddler of inspirational illustrations
  • How to get the last hand to go over the first one (it’s like that box flap closing trick that I never learned), followed by the added instruction on how to keep the last gradient intact.

For members of, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to change the colors of the hands to create a symbol that inspires brotherhood and cooperation across the galaxy

If you’re not a member of, but feel interplanetary peach and corporation is a worthy goal, you can get a free week’s trial to check it out at There are also loads of other Deke’s Techniques that are bound to make your universe a more colorful, interesting, and creative place. 

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