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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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Deke Flies a Photoshop Flag for Election Day

My brother and sister dekeItarians. You might have noticed that today is Election Day here in the USA. To celebrate the end of an excruciating season, Deke has created a flag for today’s Deke’s Techniques episode—an American flag that is meticulously crafted by Deke, legendarily designed by an American woman, and may or may not…

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Deke’s Techniques 562: Creating an American Flag in Photoshop

Well, our freedoms cannot be impinged upon here in dekeLand. And so, I bring you the official free Deke’s Techniques episode this week, in which Deke celebrates the glorious if fatigued stars and stripes. And if you’re a member of Lynda.com, you can dekeDive into a bonus movie this week which covers making the most…

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Deke’s Techniques 559: Creating a Hovering Head in Photoshop

In this weeeeek’s creeepy Halloweeeen-flavored Deeeeke’s Techneeeeks, Deke cleanly severs a masked model’s head and leaves it floating above her not-very-bloody neck stump. The project was inspired by make-up tutorials like this one, but using Photoshop is far less messy. He begins with this unsuspecting yet oddly masked model from the Dreamstime image library: Read more » …

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Deke’s Techniques 557: Photoshop’s Top Secret Banana Tool

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke forgets what time of year it is. Here it’s October, the month that contains Deke’s favorite graphically inspirational holiday, Halloween, and he’s spending time with April Fool’s style jokes and Easter Eggs. But, there are undoubtedly some of you out there as mature and serious as Deke,…

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Deke’s Techniques 556: Creating Photorealistic Neon in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to increase the photorealism of last week’s Illustrator-created neon sign inside Photoshop. The technique centers around using the Illustrator file as a smart object (or two) inside Photoshop, thus allowing for much more flexibility than your standard real-world sign made of gas and glass…

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Deke’s Techniques 553: Create a Classic Neon Sign in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to make "vector based" neon in Adobe Illustrator. In other words, he turns this: into this:  The key is to draw open path letters in Illustrator, then apply a series of different colored strokes, and blend the colors together to create the neon effect…

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Deke’s Techniques 552: The Rule of Thirds for Smooth Bézier Curves

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke considers how best to position control handles for creating smooth Bézier curves. This edition will be of particular interest to those of you who, like me, occasionally find their pen tool creations to be a bit, well, lumpy. The key to Deke’s approach is to keep the…

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