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Deke’s Techniques 659: Drawing a Perfect Snowflake in Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke embarks on a journey close to my heart. In short, he uses his innate sense of hexagons combined with Illustrator’s ability to wrangle shapes with math in order to create that elusive, precious object…the snowflake. Why is this close to my heart? I don’t know. Snow? Math?…

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Deke’s Techniques 658: Automatically Converting Circles to Diamonds

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke turns discs into diamonds in Adobe Illustrator. That is, he uses the power of Illustrator’s Transform effect and some savvy selecting (and combining and ungrouping and…) in order to turn all the circles in this Windows-inspired diagram: Into diamonds, as the shapes appear on the Mac interface:…

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Deke’s Techniques 656: Create a Concentric Ring Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Greetings from the lovely north California coast. We’re traveling with all three large boy-men and a small tree this week toward our Thanksgiving destination in Mendocino county, one of the loveliest, unspoiledest places in all of the loveliness that is my home state. Here’s the view from our current dining table at which I am…

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Deke’s Techniques 654: Op Art Experiment 3a: Volumetric waves

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke does his third set of experiments in digitally created Op Art. Inspired by a work in the Dreamstime image library, he set out in Adobe Illustrator to create this undulating pattern.Of course, any good eye-stimulating, brain-stirring, possibly headache-inducing piece of Op Art begins with planning, especially if…

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Deeeeek’s Techneeeeeeeks 647: Dr. Frankenstein’s Monstrous Emoji

In this week’s Halloween-inspired Deeeek’s Techneeeeeeeks episodes, Deke celebrates his favorite holiday by creating Dr. Frankenstein’s emoji in Adobe Illustrator. And because it’s Deke and it’s Halloween, the entire project takes up (count ’em) five videos. Trick or treat? You decide. I think he’s pretty charming (meaning both the creator and the monster in this…

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Deke’s Techniques 646: The Best Way to Mask an Image in Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you the best way to mask an image in Illustrator. Oh, sure, he did a couple of old school clipping path imports last week. But this week it’s better! Because even Deke can learn. So we once again start with our model from Dreamstime.com who has…

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Deke’s Techniques 642: Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke riffs of last week’s "wrapped" logo and creates a more softly "blanketed" version in Adobe Illustrator. He once again begins with a grid and a foundational set of stripes: Next he builds a custom letter Z, using the same grid that guided the stripes: And then, in…

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Deke’s Techniques 635: Turning a Cube into a Hex Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to turn last week’s complex orthogonal cube into a completely mind-churning repeating pattern. The reason this works is that although the "cube" looks like a cube, it’s technically a hexagonal two-dimensional representation of a cube. In other words, it’s a hexagon, and thus lends…

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Deke’s Techniques 633: Designing an Intriguing Cube Logo in Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke uses Adobe Illustrator to create an intriguing (TM Deke) cubical logo. While the bulk of the exercise is really drawing with the pen tool and figuring out (with your artistic-spatial abilities) what color each "side" should be, the real infrastructure here is provided by an intricate…

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Deke’s Techniques 631: Processing the Great American Eclipse

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke reveals how he developed one of his total eclipse photos in Photoshop/Camera Raw. Yesterday, I recounted our adventure leading up to this photo, but here is Deke’s recipe for what comes after (besides a good Nebraska steak and hot tubbing under a blanket of stars). Here is…

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Deke’s Techniques 630: Drawing a Perfectly Kerned Logo in Illustrator

Greetings, my dekelySpecials. Sorry for the delay in this week’s Deke’s Techniques write-up, we’ve been chasing the eclipse in Alliance, Nebraska: home of Carhenge, ecliptic-al totality, and our amazing hosts at the Furman Bunkhouse (waves at Tom and Stephanie). More on our eclipse experience coming up shortly.In this week’s free episode, Deke shows you how…

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Deke’s Techniques 628: Pasting Photoshop Paths into Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to take path outlines (or shape layers) from Photoshop, and get them to behave properly (i.e., according to your will) in Illustrator. Step one is to collect the paths you want to duplicate in Photoshop, like, say, the tattoo outlines from the project a…

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Deke’s Techniques 626: Selecting and Masking Eyes in Photoshop

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke reveals his clever approach to selecting the human eye. By employing an intersection of two elliptical marquees, he can deftly grab an eye or two and make them pop out of the image. He begins with our Dreamstime model, she of the tattooed face from last…

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Deke’s Techniques 624: Tattooing Your Face in Photoshop

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to tattoo your face. And do so using Photoshop so that you can rethink that decision at any time. Here’s our model from the Dreamstime image library, tweaked by Deke to prepare her for the awesome dekeIfication that’s about to happen to her:…

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Deke’s Techniques 622: Masking with Photoshop’s Pen Tool

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke demonstrates how meticulously mask a sweet shark using the precision of the Pen tool in Photoshop. The story begins with a night dive in Maldives which was overrun with nurse sharks and stingrays (not to mention divers). We were assured by our guides on the Carpe Vita…

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Deke’s Techniques 620: Making Multicolored Vignettes in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create a flexible multi-color vignette in Photoshop. Now, while there are a few different ways to create vignettes, this particular project calls for a specialized approach—adding a multi-colored gradient in the form of a well-feathered vector-based shape layer. This technique allows for the…

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Deke’s Techniques 619: Creating a Vector-Based Gradient Mask in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke tackles the old split-screen dilemma with a completely flexible approach. Rather than create a static gradient layer mask between two images of his equally beloved sons, he creates an imminently flexible and editable mask (with a convenient feather setting) using vectors.So, when both of your sons display…

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