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188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font

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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.

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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  1. 15m 22s
    1. 376 Developing the perfect holiday portrait NEW
      15m 22s
  2. 18h 32m
    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
  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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