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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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Something New This Way Comes

Next week, dekePod shifts gears to something completely different. In the meantime, here's a blast from the past: Circa 2006, in fact. Back when money had value, bless its sweet heart. And we all had means.

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The Andy Warhol Silkscreen Effect

Want to emulate Andy Warhol's silkscreen effect? Warhol created art as a mass consumable, like a t-shirt or pack of gum. Meaning, he *wanted* you to replicate it. Join Deke as he dissects Warhol's process, digital style.

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Photoshopping the Great Masters

There is no objective standard of beauty. In fact, the very definition of beauty shifts from one generation to the next. Want proof? Watch a 16th-century honey turn into a 21st-century hottie in this dekePod.

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Photoshop and the Lost Undersea Channel

Underwater photos often lack a Red channel -- which is where things like coral, clown fish and our skin tones hang out. Fortunately, Deke knows how to summon Red from the watery depths and make your photos come alive.

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The Mating Habits of the Pen Tool

Adobe's landmark pen tool ranks among its most powerful but least understood features. And yet it all hinges on this: anchor points are boys, control handles are girls. It's not a drawing tool, it's a mating ritual.

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Giving It Up for the Family

As creative pros, we work all day for our various clients and then come home with the expectation of rest. But our families know we're talented, too. How to balance the needs of our families against the need to get some R&R?

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The Instant Liquid Diet

Imagine looking back on photos of this holiday season and seeing, for the first time ever, a *slimmer* version of yourself. Was this the year you suddenly discovered self-control? Or was it something even yummier?

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Sixties Space Siren

Ah, the election is finally over. And splendidly so! What better way to celebrate than with something that anticipates our bright future while at the same time honoring our heroic past? Something timeless. Like Captain Kirk!

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