The Newsletter of Things Deke: October 19, 2011
The coming of fall means that the nights come sooner and last longer. And night time is the perfect setting for jack-o-lanterns and prancing around in costumes. This is that one time of year when saying “boo!” is a good thing.
This issue is chock-full of tricks and treats:
- Learn how to create a Halloween “scareflake” with Illustrator in this week’s free Deke’s Techniques.
- In his new course 3D Type Effects, Deke shows how to create seven eye-popping 3D type treatments in Photoshop Extended.
- Today’s in-depth article explains how to convert flat letters into 3D shapes with perspective, shadows, and reflections.
As always, Deke sends his virtual love.
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Deke’s Techniques: Drawing a Halloween Scareflake in Illustrator
Deke comes from Colorado, where the first snow of the year often coincides with Halloween. Which is why he decided to combine chills with thrills to create the topic for this week’s free video technique, the uncommon but highly captivating scareflake, made using dynamic effects in Adobe Illustrator. It’s fun, it’s hilarious, and it’s a real challenge. You’ll love it!
Two follow-up movies for members of the lynda.com Online Training Library show how to create “true clones” in Illustrator and then bring them over into Photoshop to add the fire and other photographic elements.
And, last week’s free video featured one of the coolest techniques yet. Deke shows you how to create an ambigram in Illustrator. That’s a lettering design that reads the same right-side-up or upside-down. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to check it out.
Become a Master of 3D Type Effects in Photoshop
Deke recently released the last installment in his four-part 3D video series, Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects. In this 5-hour-and-51-minute course, Deke shows how to create a total of seven 3D type treatments. To view a free video trailer of all seven effects, click here.
This Week’s Free Article Takes Type into the Third Dimension
Deke has told me several times that folks consistently ask him about new and different ways to work with type. The success of his recent Type Effects presentation at Photoshop World is a testament to how popular the topic is. In my last article, we set 2D type on fire. This time, we’ll extrude it into 3D by taking advantage of Repoussé and several other features found only in the Extended edition of Photoshop CS5.
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The laughing jack-o-lantern is file #17368897, ©-Misha, from image vendor Fotolia. Fans of pumpkin carving, as well as three out of four dentists, approve.
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