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Deke’s Techniques

Your weekly quick-fix of Deke, with ideas you may inspire or inform your own projects.

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Deke’s Techniques 002: Branding Type on a Texture

The second Deke's Techniques is all about branding type onto a textured surface. In the video, Deke brands some type onto a rock wall. But you can do this with any texture. Like leather, parchment, or human flesh.

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Deke’s Techniques 001: Creating Ice Type

Deke's Techniques gets your new year off to a cool start with this quick and clever recipe for creating icy type. It has icicles, it has sculpted edges, it has the wind at your back. Plus, your type remains editable. Enjoy.

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Scaling and Editing Traced Artwork

In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. In this final installment, Deke scales, recolors, and edits a group of paths to create a finished piece of art.

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Expanding and Separating Artwork

In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. Today, Deke uses Illustrator to expand, separate, and prepare a piece of artwork for output to any medium.

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Live Trace and Resolution

In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. Today, Deke prepares the base artwork for tracing in Photoshop and auto-traces it in Illustrator.

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Adding Contrast and Color

In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. Today, Deke uses Photoshop to distill the base art into three colors: rich black, blood red, and page white.

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Editing Scanned Line Art

In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. Today, Deke uses Photoshop to adjust, distort, and otherwise refine an ink drawing into a work of perfection.