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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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Deke’s Techniques 594: Creating an LCD Screen Effect in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke takes last week’s emulation of a back-of-the-camera "screenshot" and adds a pattern that really makes it look like the pixely image you see on the back of the camera. Yes, this means Deke took his smooth reproduction of a thing that looked too ratty for him in…

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Deke’s Techniques 592: Capturing a Screen that Can’t Be Captured

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to create a screen that can’t be captured using conventional screenshot methods. Like you, I too, would be asking, "Why?" right about now if I hadn’t spent years working on Deke’s print books. During that arduous but rewarding process, we were required, by…

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Deke’s Techniques 590: Twirling a Portrait in Photoshop

In this weeks free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke shows you how to quickly apply his twirling system to an actual human face. Oh, sure, twirling is cool. But the real secret to this techniques (once you learn the sequence and interplay of Photoshop filters that Deke shared last week), is that smart objects are named…

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Deke’s Techniques 588: Creating Twirl Art in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create retro-yet-trendy twirl art using some retro and not-at-all trendy but still useful filters in Photoshop. Specifically, he takes this colorful candy photo from our friends at Dreamstime:  And twirls it into this, using Photoshop filters Radial Blur (sure), Twirl (naturally), and Mezzotint…

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Deke’s Techniques 587: Customizing a New Document in Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke abandons his traditional heart-shaped approach to Valentine’s Day and illustrates his love for you dekeIntines by showing you how to customize Illustrator’s New Document presets. This practical approach is one of the things that I love best about Deke. I mean Valentine’s Day usually just means…

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Deke’s Techniques 584: Tinted Custom Arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke riffs further on the ability to customize arrowheads in Adobe Illustrator. This time, he shows you how to set up those arrowhead symbols so that you can create tinted versions. So what once looked like this: Gets tweaked in the arrowhead.ai file (see last week for…

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Deke’s Techniques 580: Symbols and Spaces in Adobe Illustrator CC 2017

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes one for the Lynda.com training team and makes sure you know about a new symbols and spaces feature in text inside Adobe Illustrator 2107. Not sexy. But useful. When it works right.While some of these symbols have been around forever (and had Mac OS level—shortcuts…

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Deke’s Techniques 578: Spray-painted Stencil Type in Photoshop

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, (a mildly over-caffienated?) Deke shows you how to duplicate the effect of spray painting through a stencil inside Photoshop. This technique will allow you to express your messages of peace, politics, or protest without actually defacing any property. In the tutorial, you’ll see how to: Load your…

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Deke’s Techniques 577: Quick and Chalky Chalkboard Type

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke creates a quick and dirty (chalky) chalkboard text effect in Photoshop. Using some basic filters, a couple of blend modes, and an adjustment layer, he turns this boring text: Into this slightly more exciting text (set in Flood Std) for your chalk-emulating needs: And then adds some key…

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Deke’s Technques 574: Create Cheerful Holiday Trees in Photoshop CC

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke creates some festive happy holiday trees using nothing but made up stuff in Photoshop CC. Yes, for those of you who hate cleaning up pine needles and don’t mind forgoing the scent of fresh trees, this is your digital holiday solution. He begins with a backdrop borrowed…

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Deke’s Techniques 572: Creating Embroidered Type in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke uses Photoshop to create some embroidered type, which he claims is a "holiday craft." Actually, the final effect transports me back to my embroidery-festooned denim workshirt from the 70’s. No matter, it’s still craftily cool. You start with a standard rounded font atop a nice piece of…

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Deke’s Techniques 570: Make Wildly Purple Supervillain Eyes in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke once again turns to the Doctor Strange movie and digitally recreates the painful-looking purple eye condition from the movies main villain, Kaecilius. You to can turn your unsuspecting friends into a menacing mystic thanks to the transformative power of the Photoshop Arts. Deke’s future villain comes to…

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Deke’s Techniques 564: Creating an MC Escher-esque Shape in Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create an interlocking shape that will eventually become a hex patterned homage to MC Escher. Using Adobe Illustrator and a handy hexagonal guide, Deke shows you how to create dynamic rotations for each side of the hexagon, not only ensuring that your image…

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