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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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Deke’s Techniques 618: Healing with a Pattern in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to put that repeating pattern background from last week into actual use—in the service of muting a busy backdrop that detracts from the image’s model. And this technique allows you to do the whole thing without a smidgeon of masking. He starts with this…

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Deke’s Techniques 613: Creating a Multipage Document in Photoshop CC

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to make a multi-page document in Photoshop (CC 2015 or later) using artboards. If the example looks familiar, it’s the source file for that keyboard shortcut catalog PDF that we a gave away last week. In the video, you’ll see how to:Create a new…

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Deke’s Techniques 612: Every Single Shortcut in Photoshop CC

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke takes you on a tour of every single keyboard shortcut inside Photoshop CC. This tour is relevant if you installed the custom dekeKeys shortcuts that Deke shared last week or are working with Photoshop’s defaults, if you’re on a Mac or a PC. It’s an around the…

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Deke’s Techniques 610: DekeKeys, Custom Shortcuts for Photoshop CC 2017

Hey, dekeFaithful. Thanks for your patience. I’m here at last with this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode in which Deke shares his dekeKeys customized shortcuts for Photoshop CC 2017 and shows you how to install them in the latest incarnation of Photoshop.And to reward your dedication during our two-day delay, I’m not only sharing the…

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Deke’s Techniques 607: Creating Crinkled Paper with Clouds in Photoshop

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke uses Photoshop filters, namely Difference Clouds and Emboss, to create a faux paper olde-tyme effect that goes behind a brochure my grandfather drew some fifty years ago. This is one of those lovely "something from nothing" techniques in which, if you need an old crinkly piece…

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Deke’s Techniques 605: Auto-Stitching Scanned Artwork in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to meticulously stitch together two component scans in Photoshop to form one meticulous piece of artwork. And meticulous is what my grandfather, Harvey Wheeler, who designed this brochure strove to be. You can see the careful blue lines and correction marks all over the…

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Deke’s Techniques 598: Center-Stroking Letters in Illustrator

Greetings, dekeRevelers. In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, you’ll see how Deke finally answered a question from our dekeFriend Peter about how to create inline strokes down letters to recreate the effect found in an a poster for the musical White Christmas. Of course, given the backlog of Deke’s Techniques requests, we’re going to…

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Deke’s Techniques 596: Fixing Jagged Illustrator Artwork in Photoshop

Greetings dekeOpolitans. We’re coming to you from the city that never sleeps, except when you are exhausted from two days on the train to get here, afternoons spent trying to contemplate amazing works of art while still keeping teenagers engaged (and fed), walking briskly through a drizzly Central Park, and hoping once again you are…

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Deke’s Techniques 595: Mastering Adobe Illustrator 88

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes a look at the history of Adobe Illustrator (which turns 30 this month) by playing around with Adobe Illustrator 88.This was a team effort, with the Deke’s beleaguered Lynda.com support staff (finding and) installing all the necessary software, then Deke digging out his Mac Paint…

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