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188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font


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Deke's Techniques

with Deke McClelland

Video: 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font

Hey, gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week I'll show you how to create a custom infinity character to match a specific font inside Adobe Illustrator. Now you may wonder why in the world you'd want to do such a thing. Well, for one, it's a great exercise, and I'll show you some terrific uses for the Width tool. But also, most fonts, even big whopping fonts like Adobe Caslon which ships along with most versions of the Creative Suite, don't include an infinity symbol. So we've got the usual letters and numbers and then we've got a whopping bunch of symbols here, including punctuation marks, and we've got these money things right there and then ligatures and some math stuffs and some accented characters, and just for laughs we have a bunch of ornaments as well.
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  1. 46m 55s
    1. 445 Correct in Lab and leave a smooth histogram NEW
      9m 21s
    2. 446 Combining the best of Lab and Camera Raw NEW
      9m 20s
    3. 10h 52m
      1. 377 Two ways to create center guides in Photoshop
        4m 28s
      2. 378 A new way to create center guides in Photoshop CC
        4m 21s
      3. 379 Two ways to create center guides in Illustrator
        3m 25s
      4. 380 Clearing the list of recently used fonts in InDesign
        6m 40s
      5. 381 Two ways to search fonts in InDesign CC
        4m 31s
      6. 382 Drawing flowering vectors in Illustrator
        18m 15s
      7. 383 Stroking the petals to create a lattice effect
        16m 45s
      8. 384 Creating a flowering origami effect
        8m 47s
      9. 385 Painting shapes with transitional gradients
        15m 54s
      10. 386 Correcting the brightness and banding of a printed image
        18m 7s
      11. 387 Further reducing banding with a gradient layer
        11m 43s
      12. 388 Smoothing away noise with the Mean stack mode
        8m 8s
      13. 389 Developing a sweetly romantic tropical island
        9m 28s
      14. 390 Creating a Caribbean blue sea with Photo Filter
        5m 10s
      15. 391 Creating letters chiseled into stone
        8m 15s
      16. 392 Adding a chiseled border
        6m 29s
      17. 393 Assembling MRI slices into a 3D volume
        9m 24s
      18. 394 Assigning multiple strokes to gradient type in Illustrator
        10m 30s
      19. 395 Filling in the gaps between stroked letters
        6m 2s
      20. 396 Fragmenting a photo through ribbed glass
        9m 46s
      21. 397 Applying a displacement map with the Glass filter
        8m 40s
      22. 398 Infusing an image with vivid nightclub colors
        6m 59s
      23. 399 Adding MDNA-inspired bands of color
        9m 38s
      24. 400 Patching badly displaced edges
        4m 46s
      25. 401 Styling type with a pattern of vertical lines
        12m 59s
      26. 402 Reshaping letterforms to match the intervals of a pattern
        11m 34s
      27. 403 Swapping one image for another with smart objects
        7m 57s
      28. 404 Forging a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop
        20m 59s
      29. 405 Masking graphic frames and natural edges
        12m 16s
      30. 406 Matching a real-world paper texture
        12m 16s
      31. 407 Casting multiple drop shadows in Photoshop
        6m 55s
      32. 408 Developing an awesome angelfish in Camera Raw
        9m 32s
      33. 409 Tweaking a fish photo to perfection
        5m 32s
      34. 410 Assigning spot colors to a logo in Photoshop
        14m 19s
      35. 411 Blending spot colors inside a logo
        9m 23s
      36. 412 Exporting spot-color separations from Photoshop
        8m 3s
      37. 413 Exporting spot-color separations from Illustrator
        9m 25s
      38. 414 The latest and greatest 2015 Facebook image specifications
        8m 58s
      39. 415 Creating the perfect Facebook cover photo 2015
        13m 38s
      40. 416 Extending your profile picture into your Facebook cover photo
        12m 2s
      41. 417 Preparing images for your Facebook timeline
        9m 42s
      42. 418 Converting all corner points in a drawing to smooth points
        7m 14s
      43. 419 Adding field blurs to a vector-based illustration
        11m 39s
      44. 420 Great uses for Color and Gradient Overlay
        7m 39s
      45. 421 Easter Island
        7m 19s
      46. 422 Creating a string of pearls in Illustrator
        15m 0s
      47. 423 Drawing a letter to match a dingbat font
        12m 14s
      48. 424 Assembling an interior, vertical panorama
        10m 34s
      49. 425 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Photoshop
        10m 26s
      50. 426 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Lightroom
        11m 20s
      51. 427 Sharpening your dark and stormy photo for print
        8m 45s
      52. 428 Auto-blending multiple depths of field
        8m 16s
      53. 429 Assigning multiple strokes in Photoshop CC 2015
        6m 8s
      54. 430 Combining multiple drop shadows to create faux-3D type
        4m 51s
      55. 431 Combining multiple Color and Gradient Overlay effects
        6m 0s
      56. 432 Removing unwanted perspective from a photo
        15m 6s
      57. 433 Correcting the perspective of a single image element
        8m 57s
      58. 434 Extracting an unmodified photo from a Smart Object
        3m 31s
      59. 435 Extracting a raw photo from a Smart Object
        4m 26s
      60. 436 Orthogonal pattern 1: The boxed towers
        17m 28s
      61. 437 Repeating a tile pattern Brick by Row
        6m 51s
      62. 438 Refining the color scheme of your tile pattern
        10m 15s
      63. 439 Orthogonal pattern 2: Which way is up?
        14m 17s
      64. 440 Upping the number of colors in a dynamic pattern
        11m 42s
      65. 441 Achieving real pointillism with the Pointillize filter
        8m 23s
      66. 442 Adding Emboss to give your painting depth
        1m 48s
      67. 443 Blending multiple motion photos
        13m 44s
      68. 444 Creating a wildly colorful High Pass effect
        7m 1s
    4. 18h 48m
      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
      55. 336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
        11m 44s
      56. 337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
        6m 17s
      57. 338 Four hands united in brotherhood, solidarity, and teamwork
        12m 24s
      58. 339 Swapping out colors in existing gradients in Illustrator
        4m 37s
      59. 340 Select > Focus Area and the pseudo engraving effect
        12m 26s
      60. 341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
        13m 41s
      61. 342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
        11m 16s
      62. 343 Creating a 3D doughnut in Illustrator
        15m 23s
      63. 344 Creating a golden 3D ring in Illustrator
        10m 21s
      64. 345 Mapping Elven runes (or text) onto a 3D ring
        15m 57s
      65. 346 Hand-drawing custom-made letters in Illustrator
        19m 33s
      66. 347 Drawing letters with curves and holes
        15m 56s
      67. 348 Enhancing your hand-drawn text in Photoshop
        7m 20s
      68. 349 Mixing a low-color photo with Camera Raw
        11m 2s
      69. 350 Mixing a low-color photo with adjustment layers
        10m 7s
      70. 351 Saving your effect as a color lookup table
        5m 31s
      71. 352 Extracting a classic painting from its frame
        11m 35s
      72. 353 Extracting that same painting nondestructively
        7m 59s
      73. 354 Archiving and enhancing a child’s art
        10m 47s
      74. 355 Combining a child’s art with a real classic
        11m 5s
      75. 356 Developing the perfect sunset in Camera Raw
        9m 55s
      76. 357 Lush landscapes: The real green is yellow
        9m 7s
      77. 358 Painting away Camera Raw “Clarity halos”
        17m 7s
      78. 359 Selectively sharpening a stressed photograph
        16m 12s
      79. 360 Transforming yourself into a Dark Elf
        16m 27s
      80. 361 Hand-masking the elf against a vivid background
        15m 35s
      81. 362 Making the Dark Elf that much darker
        15m 29s
      82. 363 Developing a photograph of The Joker
        16m 26s
      83. 364 Carving expression lines into The Joker’s face
        14m 1s
      84. 365 Creating a campaign poster in Illustrator
        15m 3s
      85. 366 Creating a Prohibition (or Universal No) symbol
        7m 13s
      86. 367 Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator
        10m 4s
      87. 368 Creating cool Flame Generator art
        9m 35s
      88. 369 Setting type on fire with the Flame Generator
        8m 13s
      89. 370 Blending synthetic flames with type
        6m 12s
      90. 371 Creating secret-message type in Photoshop
        13m 38s
      91. 372 Animating a continuously morphing message
        10m 59s
      92. 373 Creating a piece of Minecraft-inspired art
        16m 10s
      93. 374 Extruding your Minecraft art into 3D space
        8m 39s
      94. 375 Adding a big-pixel, Minecraft background
        12m 2s
      95. 376 Developing the perfect holiday portrait
        15m 22s
    5. 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 19s
      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 21s
      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
    6. 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 58s
      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 43s
      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
    7. 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
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        10m 51s
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        6m 27s
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        10m 39s
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        8m 33s
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        10m 58s
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        9m 41s
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        8m 51s
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        11m 56s
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        10m 42s
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        8m 43s
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        10m 56s
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        10m 47s
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        11m 9s
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        11m 52s
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        6m 58s
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        7m 57s
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        10m 5s
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        11m 44s
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        11m 44s
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        9m 23s
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        10m 52s
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        10m 31s
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        11m 49s
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        10m 41s
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        7m 15s
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        6m 13s
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        9m 9s
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        8m 13s
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        6m 33s
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        8m 8s
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        7m 33s
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        6m 14s
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        11m 45s
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        10m 47s
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        10m 59s
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        10m 46s
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        8m 49s
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        8m 40s
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        7m 43s
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        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
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        9m 26s
      67. 067 Filtering images with Camera Raw
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        5m 29s
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        10m 45s
      70. 070 Making a two-word ambigram
        7m 47s
      71. 071 Drawing a Halloween scareflake
        10m 45s
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        11m 7s
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      74. 074 Making a faux HDR image in Lab
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      75. 075 Turning a guy into a zombie
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      77. 077 Creating a synthetic rainbow
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        5m 40s
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      86. 086 Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo
        8m 50s
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        5m 43s
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75h 58m Intermediate Jan 11, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2015

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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.

Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font

Hey, gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week I'll show you how to create a custom infinity character to match a specific font inside Adobe Illustrator. Now you may wonder why in the world you'd want to do such a thing. Well, for one, it's a great exercise, and I'll show you some terrific uses for the Width tool. But also, most fonts, even big whopping fonts like Adobe Caslon which ships along with most versions of the Creative Suite, don't include an infinity symbol. So we've got the usual letters and numbers and then we've got a whopping bunch of symbols here, including punctuation marks, and we've got these money things right there and then ligatures and some math stuffs and some accented characters, and just for laughs we have a bunch of ornaments as well.

But there isn't any infinity character whatsoever. Now you do have an infinity character in a font like symbol, so you can go ahead and plop that in if you want. There it is small, there it is big, and it's surrounded by Adobe Caslon Pro. Well, it's not a match at all, right? This symbol is going to match maybe Times and that's about it. Now Illustrator also lets you take a single character of type from the Character Panel and rotate it, so we could take the number 8 and rotate it 90 degrees, and it's going to look like this. But it's not quite right because the thin part should be thick and the thick part should be thin, so the solution of course is to draw our own custom infinity symbol.

Doesn't it look just absolutely great? Here, let me show you exactly how it works. Alright, here is final infinity symbol so you can see it on screen, and I would say that it's nearly a work of perfection. And we're able to achieve this effect using the Width tool. So I am going to start things off by switching back to Uniform up here in the Control Panel so we have a uniform stroke. And I'll just go ahead and reduce its line weight to 4 pt for now. We'll come back to it. So I'll switch to this document I created where I was just trying to evaluate these Adobe Caslon numbers, both small and large here. Then I grabbed an 8 and I rotated it 90 degrees.

And it doesn't look anything like an infinity symbol, right? Doesn't look like it belongs as part of this font. It just looks like an 8 that fell over. So I went ahead and converted the 8 to outlines by going up to the Type menu and choosing the Create Outlines command, and then I filled it with red in order to create this compound path. Then I went ahead and drew a single path outline that loops around like so. I did cheat a little bit in order to draw this path outline. You can just trace through the center of the character if you want to or I'll press the A key to switch to the White Arrow tool, and then I'll click on these anchor points, so I'll click on this one, and then there should be another one right about there.

I'll Shift-click on it just to give you a sense of how I was able to figure out what the placement of the final anchor point should be. I went up to the Object menu, chose the Path command, and chose Average. And then I left the Axis set to Both as by default, clicked OK, and notice that finds the location of the final anchor point for me. So I was able to do a lot of the work that way. But this technique is less about drawing the primitive infinity path outline and more about how to take that path outline and convert it into a variable weight character that's going to work with a Serif font, specifically of course, Adobe Caslon.

And that presents something of a challenge when you're working with the Width tool, because while the Width tool does a great job of accommodating open path outlines, not so great when it comes to closed path outlines. So I'll press the V key to switch to the Black Arrow, click on the path in order to select it like so, and I am going to increase the line weight up here in the Control Panel to 24 pt. And then I'll grab my Width tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+W. And the whole idea behind the Width tool, in case you don't know, is that it allows you to adjust the width on a point-by- point basis across a stroked outline.

In this case I'm making the top thin, as you can see here, because that's the way it works with Caslon. If you take a look at these numbers here, you'll see for example with a 9, that the thick portions of the path are associated with the vertical segments and the thin areas are associated with the horizontal segments, as a general rule. Obviously it varies. It's not a mechanical font after all. It's ultimately a work of art. So I want these vertical segments to be thick, so I'll go ahead and make this guy thicker, and then I want to create a thin width point right there and I want to create another thin width point at this location, but this is an example of a width point that Illustrator already created for me in advance.

So I'll just go ahead and manipulate its handles like so, and I've got another one down here that Illustrator handily created for me. And then I don't want this guy to be thick like this. I want it to be thin, so I'll go ahead and drag this in, and this time actually it worked out pretty well. Sometimes what can happen--if I go ahead and drag this guy down--is you can end up separating what are understood to be the endpoints from each other, and you end up kind of making a mess of things. If you can avoid that, just don't do it. I am going to press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac a couple of times in order to restore the thin stroke there.

And I want to create a thick stroke right there, but I already had a width point at that location, so I'll undo that change, and I'll drag these little handles. So this is part of the problem when working directly on a closed path outline. It can get pretty confusing. Alright, now I am going to make some numerical adjustments to my width points. I am going to double-click on this guy right there in order to bring up the Width Point Edit dialog box. The Total Width should be 24 pt, so I'll enter it, press the Tab key, that gives me two Sides of 12 pt each, that's exactly what I want, I'll click OK.

And then this guy right here, I'll double-click on him. He should be 10 pt and press the Tab key. That gives me 5 on each side, perfect, click OK. This guy should be 24, so I am just alternating between 24 and 10. It is all I am doing here. I'll double-click on this one and change him to 10, because you can see just by dragging with a tool I don't get exacting results. Click OK for that, double-click on this point, change it to 10, click OK, double-click on this guy. And there is two right next to each other. I hate when Illustrator does this.

I am going to select the top one and then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac in order to get rid of it. And then I'll double-click on this guy, I'll change it to a Total Width value of 24 pt, and it ends up looking like that. And then I'll double-click on this guy and change it to 10 and click OK. I've got another duplicate right there, I don't want that. Which one is the right one? Let's double-click, not that guy, so he is selected. I'll press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac to get rid of it, then I'll press the V key to switch away from the Width tool, and I'll click off my path in order to deselect it.

And that looks pretty good, but it's a little lumpy in places, and I think we can do better. But it does provide me with the basics of what I need to achieve here, but I can make it better, and here's how. I'll go ahead and click on the path once again to select it. Then I'll go up to this Variable Width Profile option in the Control Panel, click on it, and click on this little Add to Profiles icon, and I'll call this guy, let's say Roughly infinite, because I guess that's what it is so far, and click OK.

Where you're going to have better luck is taking this profile and then applying it to an open path outline, like this guy right here, and that way you can get a sense of what it really looks like. So I'll click on this open path and then I'll go up to the Variable Width Profile option in the Control Panel, scroll down to the one I just created, and it looks like three lumps. Okay, that's something now, I know that. I'll go ahead and click on it in order to apply it, doesn't look like anything applied to the line, and that's because the Stroke Weight is set to 1 pt. That would be the maximum thickness of the stroke.

So I'm going to change it to 24 pt and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac. And now I can see that we've got some regular placement of these lumps right here. And it looks like they are associated with the half point and the quarter points, so why don't we add those points just so we know exactly where things should be? By going up to the Object menu, choosing Path, and then choosing the Add Anchor Points command, which will add a point right to the center there. And now we want two more points on either side, so go up to the Object menu, choose Path, and choose Add Anchor Points again. And let's do it a third time.

Go to the Object menu, choose Path, and then choose Add Anchor Points. And now that we have points at every significant location, I'll press Shift+W to switch back to my Width tool. Turns out that width point was exactly where it needs to be. Notice you can drag them back and forth. This guy is a little bit off, so I'll drag him into alignment. This guy is just a tiny bit off, so I'll go ahead and drag him to this location. Let's make sure that guy is the right width, 10 pt, it is okay, Cancel out. Is this guy in the right location, he's not.

So drag him over, and he looks like he's dead on. He needs a little bit of adjustment like so. And then we've got an extra one right here, press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac to get rid of it after clicking on it, of course. Here's one of our problems, even though we're working on a closed path outline, the Width tool always sees things in terms of endpoints. There is a point at which the variable width stroke starts and a point at which it ends, and we weren't able to gain control over those points. So I'll double-click on that first endpoint and increase the Total Width value to 10 pt, click OK, and then do the same thing on final width point, which is also off, so I'll change its Total Width value to 10 pt.

And now notice that we have this little bit of a flare right here, we need to address that. So I'll double-click more or less right there in the center in order to set another point and bring up the dialog box and change the Total Width value to 10 pt, click OK, do the same thing over here on the other side, change its value to 10 pt. See how precise and exacting we can be more when we're working on an open flat path outline like this right here? We still have a little bit of bending, so I am going to double-click right there in order to set another point, come back up to 10 and click OK, and let's set one right about there too and bring him up to 10 pt as well.

Let's go ahead and save that off as a Variable Width Profile by clicking on the option up there in the Control Panel, clicking on the little Add To Profiles icon, and we'll go ahead and name this More infinite, because I think I've done a better job this time. Now I'll click OK in order to accept that change. Let's go ahead and scroll back up to my infinity symbol that I was working on, and I'll press the V key in order to switch to the Black Arrow tool. I'll go ahead and select the path by clicking on it, then I will assign my most recent Variable Width Profile which is More infinite.

Click More infinite to assign him and you can see it's a subtle difference, but it does make a difference, and we do have a much smoother result. If I press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on a Mac in order to zoom out, you can see that this infinity symbol better matches the other numerals inside Adobe Caslon. I'll finish things off by switching back to that large version of the infinity symbol, click on it to select it. I'll go ahead and apply that same profile More infinite. You can see that these profiles are saved as preference settings along with Illustrator so they translate between different documents.

They are not saved along with a document, in other words. That's way too thin, so I'll take the Line Weight value up to 76 pt, and I end up with this final nearer perfect infinity symbol thanks to my ability to modify and assign Variable Width Profiles here inside Illustrator. Alright, next week we're in Photoshop, though it's not necessarily going to look like it because we're going to be creating works of op art from scratch, including this one right here.

It hurts to look at it and then this more subdued sort of building-scape or whatever. Deke's Techniques each and every week, from scratch I tell you. Keep watching.

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