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169 Attack of the killer pumpkin


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with Deke McClelland

Video: 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week begins the first of two devoted to my favorite holiday, Halloween. Now every once in a while we get requests from members of lynda.com and this time around we got a request to create a technique based on what might be the worst franchise of movies ever made, which is a big claim I know, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Now if you've never heard of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, good for you. Way to keep your mind free of dumb junk, but basically, they feature these tomatoes with overwrought faces like this one.
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  1. 18m 1s
    1. 336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
      11m 44s
    2. 337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
      6m 17s
  2. 10h 39m
    1. 282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
      12m 59s
    2. 283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
      13m 41s
    3. 284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
      12m 24s
    4. 285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
      19m 44s
    5. 286 Coloring and shading your avatar
      16m 0s
    6. 287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
      10m 54s
    7. 288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
      13m 43s
    8. 289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
      7m 29s
    9. 290 Painting happy little trees
      13m 46s
    10. 291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
      15m 15s
    11. 292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
      12m 20s
    12. 293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
      13m 10s
    13. 294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
      11m 40s
    14. 295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
      10m 46s
    15. 296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
      8m 13s
    16. 297 Correcting a distorted panorama
      17m 23s
    17. 298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
      14m 53s
    18. 299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
      8m 54s
    19. 300 Blending a shadow into any background
      8m 37s
    20. 301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
      8m 45s
    21. 302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
      11m 17s
    22. 303 Using Photoshop 1.0
      5m 45s
    23. 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
      26m 4s
    24. 305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
      20m 8s
    25. 306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
      3m 34s
    26. 307 Creating a black chop on red paper
      5m 55s
    27. 308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
      3m 44s
    28. 309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
      4m 21s
    29. 310 Creating the perfect passport photo
      20m 18s
    30. 311 Retouching your passport photo
      13m 38s
    31. 312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
      13m 11s
    32. 313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
      11m 8s
    33. 314 Creating a 3D bump map
      12m 7s
    34. 315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
      14m 4s
    35. 316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
      10m 48s
    36. 317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
      9m 29s
    37. 318 Reducing real-world camera shake
      10m 4s
    38. 319 Reducing glare in a photograph
      15m 25s
    39. 320 Restoring repeating details
      13m 43s
    40. 321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
      9m 6s
    41. 322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
      12m 25s
    42. 323 Masking mountains away from sky
      14m 22s
    43. 324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
      10m 7s
    44. 325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
      12m 48s
    45. 326 Masking a caricature against a new background
      11m 20s
    46. 327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
      10m 6s
    47. 328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
      12m 21s
    48. 329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
      9m 0s
    49. 330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
      8m 9s
    50. 331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
      10m 37s
    51. 332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
      8m 15s
    52. 333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
      7m 53s
    53. 334 Straightening and “uncropping” a photo
      16m 17s
    54. 335 Restoring a missing photograph detail
      11m 26s
  3. 17h 21m
    1. 185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
      11m 44s
    2. 186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
      9m 50s
    3. 187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
      10m 54s
    4. 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
      12m 6s
    5. 189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
      10m 49s
    6. 190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
      6m 39s
    7. 191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
      15m 6s
    8. 192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
      11m 7s
    9. 193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
      12m 55s
    10. 194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
      14m 43s
    11. 195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
      10m 43s
    12. 196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
      8m 20s
    13. 197 Creating opaque colored shadows
      5m 20s
    14. 198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
      5m 9s
    15. 199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
      9m 55s
    16. 200 Changing a static blended color scheme
      7m 16s
    17. 201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
      20m 26s
    18. 202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
      9m 43s
    19. 203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
      13m 21s
    20. 204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
      9m 38s
    21. 205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
      7m 53s
    22. 206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
      12m 0s
    23. 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
      16m 59s
    24. 208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
      9m 21s
    25. 209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
      11m 10s
    26. 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
      18m 29s
    27. 211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
      5m 0s
    28. 212 Creating synthetic water droplets
      9m 29s
    29. 213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
      5m 19s
    30. 214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
      5m 30s
    31. 215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
      9m 8s
    32. 216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
      10m 4s
    33. 217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
      15m 9s
    34. 218 Using texture and depth to add realism
      10m 22s
    35. 219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
      7m 16s
    36. 220 Creating and importing a tracing template
      6m 50s
    37. 221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
      18m 52s
    38. 222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
      14m 3s
    39. 223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
      7m 25s
    40. 224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
      11m 23s
    41. 225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
      12m 15s
    42. 226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
      8m 0s
    43. 227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
      9m 15s
    44. 228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
      5m 44s
    45. 229 Correcting an underwater photograph
      10m 30s
    46. 230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
      7m 17s
    47. 231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
      8m 33s
    48. 232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
      10m 43s
    49. 233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
      6m 35s
    50. 234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
      15m 52s
    51. 235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
      7m 11s
    52. 236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
      13m 2s
    53. 237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
      7m 27s
    54. 238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
      3m 23s
    55. 239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
      7m 40s
    56. 240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
      3m 29s
    57. 241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
      7m 9s
    58. 242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
      9m 27s
    59. 243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
      16m 18s
    60. 244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
      9m 7s
    61. 245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
      5m 23s
    62. 246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
      8m 29s
    63. 247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
      12m 31s
    64. 248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
      6m 48s
    65. 249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
      12m 32s
    66. 250 Creating schematic art with grid
      12m 41s
    67. 251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
      12m 8s
    68. 252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
      6m 1s
    69. 253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
      17m 13s
    70. 254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
      16m 40s
    71. 255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
      12m 13s
    72. 256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
      10m 57s
    73. 257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
      9m 4s
    74. 258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
      8m 56s
    75. 259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
      11m 43s
    76. 260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
      13m 11s
    77. 261 Blending the final false-color artwork
      8m 41s
    78. 262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
      12m 50s
    79. 263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
      9m 8s
    80. 264 Turning yourself into a zombie
      14m 0s
    81. 265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
      9m 26s
    82. 266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
      16m 43s
    83. 267 Turning type into gooey green slime
      11m 19s
    84. 268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
      12m 27s
    85. 269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
      11m 3s
    86. 270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
      10m 10s
    87. 271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
      11m 18s
    88. 272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
      18m 22s
    89. 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
      18m 7s
    90. 274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
      7m 27s
    91. 275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
      16m 8s
    92. 276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
      15m 31s
    93. 277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
      11m 31s
    94. 278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
      12m 0s
    95. 279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
      6m 3s
    96. 280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
      14m 42s
    97. 281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode
      11m 15s
  4. 14h 31m
    1. 091 Removing people from a photo
      10m 44s
    2. 092 Masking people back into a photo
      10m 58s
    3. 093 Hand-painting a mask
      10m 5s
    4. 094 Masking a real-life shadow
      10m 40s
    5. 095 Turning a photo into line art
      7m 44s
    6. 096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
      6m 46s
    7. 097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
      5m 32s
    8. 098 Creating auto-inverting line art
      5m 7s
    9. 099 Creating movie poster credits
      8m 10s
    10. 100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
      6m 24s
    11. 101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
      7m 24s
    12. 102 Drawing with the reshape tool
      10m 39s
    13. 103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
      10m 6s
    14. 104 Creating a vanity frame
      5m 28s
    15. 105 Adding a frame to a photograph
      5m 3s
    16. 106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
      10m 3s
    17. 107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
      10m 22s
    18. 108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
      8m 20s
    19. 109 Putting a tongue on a duck
      7m 6s
    20. 110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
      11m 3s
    21. 111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
      4m 57s
    22. 112 Designing a railroad track
      12m 18s
    23. 113 Bending the railroad track around curves
      7m 46s
    24. 114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
      9m 23s
    25. 115 Creating leafy letters
      6m 12s
    26. 116 Creating topiary type
      6m 22s
    27. 117 Creating type in grass
      9m 0s
    28. 118 Rendering type in smoke
      7m 30s
    29. 119 Rendering type in brushed metal
      9m 57s
    30. 120 Adding brushed copper effect
      4m 14s
    31. 121 Reflecting type in water
      10m 57s
    32. 122 Reflecting water back into type
      11m 14s
    33. 123 Joining type to a circle
      7m 14s
    34. 124 Making flared type on a circle
      7m 17s
    35. 125 Making a person emerge from water
      5m 32s
    36. 126 Creating progressive water ripples
      10m 17s
    37. 127 Creating an upside-down face effect
      10m 17s
    38. 128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
      6m 33s
    39. 129 Pearly white teeth
      7m 28s
    40. 130 Head-shrinking
      8m 26s
    41. 131 Getting a big head
      5m 11s
    42. 132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
      4m 28s
    43. 133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
      5m 9s
    44. 134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
      4m 17s
    45. 135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
      7m 29s
    46. 136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
      10m 0s
    47. 137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
      11m 41s
    48. 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
      16m 28s
    49. 139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
      11m 42s
    50. 140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
      12m 39s
    51. 141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
      9m 59s
    52. 142 Masking and blackening a car
      10m 20s
    53. 143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
      12m 46s
    54. 144 Masking and painting a shadow
      8m 26s
    55. 145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
      5m 34s
    56. 146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
      6m 2s
    57. 147 Adding flame stripes to a car
      8m 23s
    58. 148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
      7m 44s
    59. 149 Hand-coloring line art
      13m 9s
    60. 150 Creating a custom wave pattern
      9m 56s
    61. 151 Simulating a screen print
      8m 30s
    62. 152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
      9m 42s
    63. 153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
      11m 4s
    64. 154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
      11m 10s
    65. 155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
      7m 4s
    66. 156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
      9m 25s
    67. 157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
      6m 37s
    68. 158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
      11m 16s
    69. 159 Lighting the clone party
      8m 29s
    70. 160 Hand-carving letters into wood
      8m 0s
    71. 161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
      7m 34s
    72. 162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
      4m 55s
    73. 163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
      8m 50s
    74. 164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
      12m 55s
    75. 165 Adding a graph-paper background
      13m 42s
    76. 166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
      13m 2s
    77. 167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
      7m 15s
    78. 168 Creating a money-like design
      8m 43s
    79. 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
      14m 49s
    80. 170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
      12m 24s
    81. 171 The headless stranger in the mist
      12m 25s
    82. 172 Creating 3D punched letters
      13m 29s
    83. 173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
      11m 2s
    84. 174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
      9m 53s
    85. 175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
      18m 42s
    86. 176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
      7m 29s
    87. 177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
      13m 56s
    88. 178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
      8m 30s
    89. 179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
      11m 5s
    90. 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
      15m 1s
    91. 181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
      8m 28s
    92. 182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
      9m 12s
    93. 183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
      15m 6s
    94. 184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7
      9m 16s
  5. 13h 11m
    1. 001 Creating ice type
      8m 39s
    2. 002 Branding type on a texture
      7m 6s
    3. 003 Creating an image-branding machine
      7m 13s
    4. 004 Capturing effects with layer comps
      7m 35s
    5. 005 Rendering type in gold
      8m 9s
    6. 006 Creating a hammered metal background
      5m 48s
    7. 007 Creating heavy metal type
      8m 13s
    8. 008 Creating a molten letter effect
      6m 43s
    9. 009 Setting type on fire
      11m 20s
    10. 010 Using an anti-edge mask
      7m 20s
    11. 011 Blending textures onto a face
      9m 28s
    12. 012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
      7m 34s
    13. 013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
      8m 32s
    14. 014 Creating a face in a tree
      11m 20s
    15. 015 Building a synthetic star field
      8m 21s
    16. 016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
      10m 14s
    17. 017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
      9m 35s
    18. 018 Adjusting 3D light sources
      10m 51s
    19. 019 Masking highlights and shadows
      6m 27s
    20. 020 Masking glass
      10m 39s
    21. 021 High key high contrast
      8m 33s
    22. 022 Simulating sub-pixel rendering
      10m 58s
    23. 023 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Photoshop
      9m 41s
    24. 024 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Camera Raw
      8m 51s
    25. 025 Correcting red-eye like a pro
      11m 56s
    26. 026 Turning a photo into an ink drawing
      10m 42s
    27. 027 Turning a photo into a pencil sketch
      8m 43s
    28. 028 Creating a seamlessly repeating pattern
      10m 56s
    29. 029 Repairing seams in a repeating pattern
      10m 47s
    30. 030 Creating a 3D pie chart
      11m 9s
    31. 031 Splitting and modifying 3D meshes
      11m 52s
    32. 032 Using the Ground Plane Shadow Catcher
      6m 58s
    33. 033 Creating a talk show-style curtain
      7m 57s
    34. 034 Assembling a flawless panorama
      10m 5s
    35. 035 Removing people with image stacks
      11m 44s
    36. 036 Creative stacking with Maximum and Range
      11m 44s
    37. 037 Creating synthetic wood grain
      9m 23s
    38. 038 Making slats of uniquely textured wood
      10m 52s
    39. 039 Kerning within a single character
      10m 31s
    40. 040 Creating a raised bevel effect
      11m 49s
    41. 041 Putting wings on a horse
      10m 41s
    42. 042 Creating a classic heart in Illustrator
      7m 15s
    43. 043 Glossing up a heart in Photoshop
      8m 42s
    44. 044 Shooting and assembling a stereoscopic photo
      8m 15s
    45. 045 Extending 3D beyond the screen plane
      6m 13s
    46. 046 Adding stereo 3D text and shapes
      9m 9s
    47. 047 Tilting text and shapes toward the viewer
      8m 13s
    48. 048 Creating a shooting star in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    49. 049 Using blends to draw path outlines
      8m 8s
    50. 050 Inventing custom starbursts
      7m 33s
    51. 051 Making a fictional creature
      12m 5s
    52. 052 Transforming a creature into a monster
      6m 14s
    53. 053 Capturing a monster in motion
      11m 45s
    54. 054 Changing the color of a car
      7m 12s
    55. 055 Painting a colorful car black
      8m 16s
    56. 056 Coloring the stripes on a zebra
      10m 47s
    57. 057 Drawing trendy swirls in Illustrator
      10m 59s
    58. 058 Creating variable-width and brushed swirls
      10m 46s
    59. 059 Drawing trendy ornaments in Illustrator
      8m 49s
    60. 060 Designing a magically updating pattern
      8m 40s
    61. 061 Automatically collapsing a selection
      7m 43s
    62. 062 Adding a magnifying glass into a design
      7m 5s
    63. 063 Healing one eye onto another
      7m 15s
    64. 064 Creating a giant command key
      9m 15s
    65. 065 Drawing common symbols part 1
      6m 29s
    66. 066 Drawing common symbols part 2
      9m 26s
    67. 067 Filtering images with Camera Raw
      7m 52s
    68. 068 Creating a vivid HDR effect
      5m 29s
    69. 069 Creating an ambigram in Illustrator
      10m 45s
    70. 070 Making a two-word ambigram
      7m 47s
    71. 071 Drawing a Halloween scareflake
      10m 45s
    72. 072 Creating true clones in Illustrator
      11m 7s
    73. 073 Taking your scareflakes into Photoshop
      7m 20s
    74. 074 Making a faux HDR image in Lab
      8m 38s
    75. 075 Turning a guy into a zombie
      7m 3s
    76. 076 Miniaturizing the world in Photoshop
      6m 45s
    77. 077 Creating a synthetic rainbow
      8m 53s
    78. 078 Casting an artificial shadow from a layer
      7m 2s
    79. 079 Rendering a portrait in type
      8m 58s
    80. 080 Rendering a portrait in tile patterns
      7m 43s
    81. 081 Rotating a pattern layer in Photoshop
      4m 16s
    82. 082 Tracing an image with path outlines
      7m 50s
    83. 083 Turning path outlines into a vector mask
      6m 0s
    84. 084 Drawing rays of light in Photoshop
      5m 40s
    85. 085 Drawing concentric glow rings
      7m 24s
    86. 086 Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo
      8m 50s
    87. 087 Achieving mitered corners in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    88. 088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop
      11m 8s
    89. 089 Creating a stained-glass ornament
      8m 26s
    90. 090 Designing a stained-glass window
      10m 23s

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Deke's Techniques
56h 1m Intermediate Jan 11, 2011 Updated Jul 29, 2014

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This course is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.

Subjects:
Design Raw Processing Design Techniques
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

169 Attack of the killer pumpkin

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week begins the first of two devoted to my favorite holiday, Halloween. Now every once in a while we get requests from members of lynda.com and this time around we got a request to create a technique based on what might be the worst franchise of movies ever made, which is a big claim I know, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Now if you've never heard of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, good for you. Way to keep your mind free of dumb junk, but basically, they feature these tomatoes with overwrought faces like this one.

I happened to have drawn this face, and I can't show it you against a tomato, because even though, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is just rotten to the core, it is trademarked. So I decided to come up with an alternate technique. We're going to take this just adorable little girl with her beloved pumpkin, and turn it into a killer pumpkin that happens to belong to her and protects her in life. Now you may look at this and say, okay, if you've really carved into the surface of a pumpkin, it would look more like this, with this kind of yellowish background.

However, I prefer this technique, which is why I'm going to show you exactly how this works. All right, here is the final effect we're going for, and here is where we're going to start. This photograph by the way comes to us from the Fotolia Image Library, about which you learn more and get special deals at fotolia.com/deke. The first thing you want to do is draw yourself a face, some sort of killer pumpkin face like this one here, and I painted this image with Wacom Tablet, otherwise, I just use the Brush tool.

Although, I'll tell you something about the Brush tool, we'll go and switch to it by pressing the B key or we can just click on it in the toolbox, and I'll go ahead and bring up the Brush panel as well which you can get to by choosing the Brush command from the Window menu or you can press F5. Here is the thing. Unless you want really super lumpy brushstrokes, you want to crank the Spacing value down. By default it's at 25%, you really want it at something more like 10%, and that is the default setting for every single brush, 25% that is. So you're going to have to change that setting manually.

Anyway, I'll go ahead and hide the panel. Notice also that I've gone ahead and painted the face on an independent layer, so you can see the checkerboard transparency in the background. The only reason it appears to be painted against a white surface is because my Background is set to white. Next thing you want to do is make sure that face layer is active, and then using the Rectangular Marquee tool, so we went ahead and pressed the M key to switch back to it, right-click inside of the Image window and choose the Duplicate Layer command, and then you want to go ahead and change the Document to your photograph, in my case Adorable little girl.jpg and then click OK in order to copy that layer.

If I switch back to that JPEG image, you can see that we've got the face layer inside of it. It's taking up little bit too much room. It's pretty much unreadable at this point. Make sure that the face layer is active, which it is, then go up to the Layers panel fly-out menu in the upper right corner and choose Convert to Smart Object and now we have a Smart Object version of this layer, which means that we can transform and filter it until our hearts content. So first thing we need to do obviously is transform it. I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Free Transform command or you can press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac.

Here are the values I'm looking for. Obviously you can play around as much as you like, but I ultimately linked both the W and the H values here. So I'm going to perform a proportional transformation. I'll click on the W value to make it active and set it to 34%, and then I'll change the Angle value right there to -7, and I'll go ahead and move this guy into the desired position. That turns out to be this. I'm going to enter some coordinates up here for the X and Y values. I set the X value ultimately to 522, and then I set the Y value to 2225, and those are both pixel measurements by the way.

So if you're working in Inches or Millimeters, you would have to enter px, that is to say, if you're working along with me. Now I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to apply that transformation. It doesn't really make any sense that his face is at this angle when the pumpkin is oriented straight up and down, but he just looks so cute that way. So I'm going to zoom on in to the pumpkin face and I need to mask him behind the girl's arm. So I'm going to turn the face off for a moment and then I'll go up to the Select menu and choose the Color Range command.

And the reason I turned off the face layer by the way was because the Color Range command is always seeing a view of the composite image. So I needed to get him out of there for a moment. Then I'll click over in this area where I think her arm is, right about there. the Fuzziness value is set to 40, as by default Localized Color Clusters is turned off, and I'm going to go ahead and Shift+Click in a few locations, maybe Shift+Drag up her hand as well like so. Then I'll scroll down a little and Shift+Drag inside of her arm right there. And I might go ahead and Shift+Click on that little detail. That worked out nicely.

Now you don't want to go too far into the fingers just because you don't have to and you're going to start selecting regions inside the pumpkin as well. Then go ahead and click OK in order to create that selection. Turn the face layer back on, and then dropdown to the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click on it, and now we'll go ahead and mask that arm away. We need to clean out this mask a little bit probably, not too much, but what I'm going to do is Alt+Click or Option+Click on the Layer Mask thumbnail there inside the Layers panel in order to view the mask independently of the image.

And using my Rectangular Marquee tool, I'll select around her face into the top of the image as well. So I'm pressing the Shift key as I drag with marquee, and then White is my foreground color, so I'll press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on a Mac in order to fill that area with white. Then I'll go ahead and deselect the image. I'm going to switch over to my Brush tool here and I'm going to press the X key, so I'll be painting with black. I'll right-click inside the image window and make sure the Hardness is set to 100% which it is, so I'll go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to dismiss that panel.

Then I'll just go ahead and paint inside of this area like so. Again, we don't need to worry about the fingers. Then just go ahead and click on the thumbnail for the face layer in order to switch back to the composite image. Now if you zoom in here you'll notice that the arm mask isn't really cutting into the face properly. So I'm going to unlink the layer mask from its layer by clicking on this little chain icon and then I'll click on the layer mask to make it active. I'll press the M key to switch back to the Rectangular Marquee tool and then I'll press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and press the Right Arrow key a couple of times in order to nudge that mask over.

Having done that, let's go ahead and make some modifications to this face here. I'm going to go ahead and zoom out a little bit. I'm going to fill the face with little bit of surface detail from the pumpkin itself, so I'll go ahead and click on the Background to make it active, and I'll press Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Option+J on the Mac in order to jump a copy of this layer. I'll name it texture and then I'll click OK and I'll move that texture layer to the top of the stack, and then I'll clip it inside the face layer by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and clicking that horizontal line between those two layers.

That's completely covering up everything, so I'll double-click on an empty portion of that texture layer in order to bring up the Layer Style dialog box, then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and drag the right half of that black slider triangle, for the This Layer slider, the top one, all the way up to 160. So that we're allowing some of the blackness from the underlying layer to show through and then go ahead and click OK in order to apply that modification. Now let's make the face layer up here as if it's cut into the surface of the pumpkin, and I'll do that by selecting the face layer, then I'm going to double-click on its thumbnail in order to open up the Smart Object.

Now if you get this alert message telling you how Smart Objects work, just go ahead and click OK. Now I need to increase the size of this canvas, so I'll go up to the Image menu and choose the Canvas Size command, because I need some more room around the face. With the Relative check box turned on, I'll go ahead and change both the Width and Height values to 100 pixels, and this will make sense why I'm doing this in just a moment. I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that modification. Now I'm going to dropdown to the FX icon, click on it, and choose Drop Shadow from the bottom of the list here in CS6. It's at the top of the list in CS5 and earlier.

I'm going to increase the Opacity value to 100%. Go ahead and click on the Color Swatch there and make sure it's black, because we do need a black drop shadow here, click OK. And I'm going to change the blend mode to Dissolve, so we get those speckles around the edges and I'll change the Distance value to 0, the Spread value should be 0 and the Size value should be 20 pixels, is what we're looking for, the Angle value does not matter, because the Distance is set to 0. So I'll go ahead and click OK to apply that change and now I'm going to go ahead and close the Image window and click the Yes button here on the PC to update that image. That would be the Save button on the Mac.

So that gives the face a little bit of added texture. You can see right there, but I want to smooth that texture away a little bit. So with the face layer once again selected, I'll go up to the Filter menu, choose Noise and then choose Median. I'll go ahead and set the Radius to two pixels and click OK and that goes ahead and makes that dissolve looks a lot cleaner. Then I'm going to right-click on this Filter Mask and choose Delete Filter Mask in order to get rid of it, just so that we've a little more room inside the panel, and I'm going to apply three different layer effects.

So I'll click on the FX icon and we're going to start things off with Inner Shadow. So I'll go ahead and choose that command. Click on the Color Swatch to bring out the Color Picker dialog box and these are the values we want; 35 for Hue, 100% for Saturation and 20% for Brightness. So I'll go ahead and click OK, and then I'm going to change the blend mode from Multiply to Linear Burn, so that we were really burning in that shadow. And I'll take the Opacity value down to 50%, then all these values need to be adjusted. I'm going to set the Angle value to 10 degrees. It doesn't matter if the Use Global Light check box is turned on or not, because this is going to be our only directional effect.

And I'll take the Distance value down to 6. I want 0 for the Choke and I want a Size value of 6 as well. So we just have a little bit of shadows, as you can see here. Now I want to color in the interior just a little bit. So I'll click on Color Overlay to make active. Click on the little color swatch, and this time the values are 40 for Hue, 50 for Saturation and then 100% for Brightness. I'll click OK and then I'll change the blend mode from Normal to Linear Burn once again. I'm going to leave the Opacity value cranked up 100%.

And then finally, I'm going to add an Outer Glow so that the skin appears to be a little damaged, and so I'll click on the Outer Glow to select it. Click on its color swatch. I want those same exact values; 40, 50 and 100 for HSB. Click OK and I'll change the blend mode this time to Multiply, and I'm going to increase the Opacity value to 100% and I'm looking for a Size value of 20 pixels in order to produce the effect you see here. So notice that the flesh is a little bit stained around the edges of the carving.

Now I'll click OK in order to apply those effects. Let's go ahead and zoom out a little bit so we can see more of the image at a time. And the last thing I want to do is make his teeth white. Now you may argue that if I'm going to make his teeth white, I should make it eyes white as well, but I played around with both effects and I decided the teeth by themselves look great. What you want to do is make sure that face layer is active. Right-click inside the image window and choose New Smart Object via Copy, in order to create a copy of this layer that is not linked to the same original.

Your new layer is going to be below, so go ahead and grab it, and we might as well collapse the layer above him and then drag that face layer to the top. And we don't want any of the layer effects associated with it, just grab the word Effects and drag it to the trashcan at the bottom of the Layers panel. We do want that Layer Mask. We do want that Smart Filter. We're going to rename this layer teeth, because that's what it's going to be. And then I want you to double-click on the Layers Thumbnail in order to visit the Smart Object. If you get the alert message just click OK.

For the moment I'm going to turn off the Effects here and I'm going to create a New Layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac. I'll go ahead and name this new layer teeth. Now what you want to do is go to your Gradient tool, click and hold on it and select the Paint Bucket tool from the list. Then you want to set your Tolerance value to 100 and make sure all three check boxes are turned on, including All Layers. That's very important. Then press the D key and the X key in order to make the foreground color white and click inside the top teeth and then click inside the bottom teeth in order to fill them in.

Now you can turn off that face layer. You can zoom in on your teeth if you want to, you may find that there are a couple problems here and there. So I'm going to fill in those problems using the Brush tool. Go ahead and grab the brush, maybe reduce its size by pressing the left bracket key a couple of times, and there is a little bit of garbage right there that I want to paint out too. That looks pretty good! We need to put the drop shadow back on the teeth, but in white this time, so I'll grab the drop shadow, drag it and drop it onto the teeth. Double-click on the words Drop Shadow, click on the little Color Swatch in order to bring up the Color Picker.

Change the color to white, click OK, and then click OK again. You can get rid of the face by the way if you want to, just select it and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac and then I'll close this image. Click on the Yes button here on the PC or the Save button on the Mac in order to update that layer inside the image window. We need to mix the teeth with the pumpkin flesh a little bit. I'm going to do that by double-clicking on an empty portion of the teeth layer to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Then I'll drag the black triangle associated with underlying layer, all the way over to 70, like so, and then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and drag the right half of that triangle all the way up to 210, and now even though the Opacity of this layer is set to 100%, we're getting an interesting mixture of whiteness and pumpkin flesh.

Then click OK in order to accept that change. That's it folks! I'm going to press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode, maybe zoom out just a little bit here so we can take in this adorable little girl and her killer pumpkin.

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