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210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background

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Video: 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background

Hey gang! this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Remember the custom grumpy bird that we created last week? Well, this week we are going to give him a background. Now, this is a pretty ambitious project, but it's a lot of fun. We are going to start things off with these simple objects, just three ellipses and this tall rectangle, and we are going to transform them into this radiant, cheerful cartoon background that features these rays of line at the top, as well as a couple of flowers and a shadow to go behind the bird, in order to create this final version of the artwork inside Adobe Illustrator.

210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background

Hey gang! this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Remember the custom grumpy bird that we created last week? Well, this week we are going to give him a background. Now, this is a pretty ambitious project, but it's a lot of fun. We are going to start things off with these simple objects, just three ellipses and this tall rectangle, and we are going to transform them into this radiant, cheerful cartoon background that features these rays of line at the top, as well as a couple of flowers and a shadow to go behind the bird, in order to create this final version of the artwork inside Adobe Illustrator.

Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right, here's the final version of that bird background, just so you can see what a stunner it is onscreen. We are going to start off inside of this document, and if you are working along with me, the first thing I want you to do is turn off all the layers except for the Back layer, and the easiest way to do that is to just drag along this column of eyeballs, from bacon up to face. And then go ahead and click on the Back layer to make it active. And now I am going to press Ctrl+Minus or Command+Minus on the Mac in order to zoom out, so that we can see the background from a distance. That gives us some room to work.

We are going to start things off with the grass here. So I will go ahead and click on that green grass rectangle. Just the rectangle. That's the same width as the artboard and 100 points tall. And it's filled with a solid shade of green. Then I'll go up to the Window menu and choose the Appearance command to bring up the Appearance panel. And the first thing we need to do here is lay down the various stratus of the grass, because you can see in the final version of the artwork that we have green grass progressing towards a sort of chartreuse at the top. And we're going to lay those shades of grass down as independent fills, all assigned to the same path.

With the paths selected, go ahead and drop down to the Add New Fill icon in the lower- left corner of the Appearance panel, and now grab that new fill which is appearing at the top of the stack and drag it down to the bottom of the stack, like so. You can go ahead and twirl closed the top fill and the stroke if you like, because we are not going to be using those. We are, however, going to be using this fill right there, so click on that bottom fill to make it active and then click on the color swatch. And notice inside of this document I have gone ahead and included some swatches inside of this group called Grass colors.

I will go ahead and hover over them so those of you who don't have the sample document can see him. This next shade of green R=150, G=200 and B=0, in case you feel to need to dial it in. I'll go ahead and select that color. That doesn't change the appearance of the rectangle onscreen because this fill is in the background. To make the fill larger, which is what we want to do, go ahead and make sure it's active, so click on it and then go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and then choose the Transform command.

Tab down to the Vertical option and change it to 120%. If you turn on the Preview checkbox, you can see, that make the fills taller in both directions. We just want to raise it upwards, so go ahead and select that bottom point in the reference point matrix right there. It's located on the right side of the dialog box in Illustrator CS5 and earlier. And then click OK. Now let's make a duplicate of that fill, and you can see, if you twirl the fill open, you should see a transform effect assigned to it. You can make a duplicate of the fill by clicking on it, in order to make sure it's selected, and then click on the little Page icon at the bottom of the Appearance panel, and that will create a duplicate, like so.

Go ahead and twirl closed the top one for now and twirl opened the bottom one. Click on this color swatch, and this time we are going to change it to the next swatch in the list here, inside of the same group, which is R=160, G=220, and B=60. So those are, by the way, the red, green, blue values. Go ahead and select that guy and then click off the panel to hide it and click on the word Transform to the bring up the Transform Effect dialog box and just change that Vertical value to 140%. Turn on the Preview checkbox and you can see that raises it incrementally, and then click OK.

Now we need to make another duplicate, so click on the Fill item to select it, click on the little Page icon at the bottom of the panel to make a copy of it, twirl closed that top fill, click on the bottom one, change its color this time to this final swatch, which is R=210, G=240, B=50, and that will go ahead and assign that chartreuse color, and then click on the word Transform, change the Vertical value, not surprisingly, to 160 this time. I just keep increasing this value by 20%. Turn on the Preview checkbox, and you will see that, comparatively, yellow fill rise up in the background, then click OK.

Now here's where things get interesting. What I want is to create these rolling hills, so I'll switch back to the final version of the Illustration. I want to raise up the grassy knoll here on the left-hand side, and on the right hand side I want it to dip down in the center, and I want it to appear rounded as well. So you might think if you have any experience in Illustrator that the way to go is to apply a Warp effect and that is where we will be starting, but there is no wrap that really gives us that effect by itself. So I am going to switch over to my Illustration in progress once again here, twirl closed that fill for now, and click on the word Path in order to make sure it's selected so that we are applying the Warp effect not to any single fill but to the entire path outline. And then go up to the Effect menu, choose Warp, and choose Arc Upper, which comes the closet to giving us what we are looking for. And you're just going to have the suspend belief for now, because it's not going to look right at all in just a moment, but choose the command.

And now I am going to change the Bend value to -90 degrees. Make sure that the horizontal radio button is selected, and then tab your way down to the vertical distortion option and change here to 50% and then turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see we end up getting this effect here. We are getting these mountain shapes because of the vertical distortion, and we are getting this bend in the center here because the Arc Upper style is set to such a ferociously negative bend value. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that effect.

Obviously, this is way too spiky for what we're trying to accomplish, so we need to round off the effect, and you can do that by assigning a Round Corners effect. So go up to the Effect menu, choose Stylize, and choose Round Corners. I've found that a Radius of 300 points ended up working best. Again, you have to suspend belief at this point. I had to play around with these settings a lot in order to figure this out, because if you turn on the Preview checkbox, it's going to look totally wrong. But this is the value we want.

So go ahead and click OK in order accept that change. So here is the problem so far. We have assigned the effects in a wrong order. What needs to happen is Round Corners needs to come first and then wrap Arc Upper. And even though everything else in Illustrator works from the bottom on up--that is, this bottommost fills actually at the bottom of the stack-- where effects are concerned, the first effect is at that top and the second effect is at the bottom and so forth. So here is the easiest way to solve the problem. Go ahead and drag Wrap Arc Upper all the way to the bottom of the stack, under the fill, and do the same with the Round Corners.

Go ahead and drag it down just below the Fill and above the Warp effect. And that's not going to immediately change the appearance of the rectangle--that is, dragging Round Corners into a different location--but it will matter in just a moment. Now, the next thing I wanted to do is to inflate the size of this knoll, and I will do that using a Transform effect, by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Distort & Transform, and choosing Transform once again. Go ahead and select that bottom point in the reference point matrix and increase the Horizontal value to 150% and then take the Vertical Scale value up to 154.

Then turn on the Preview checkbox, and you will see this effect here. Now, things are still messed up, and we have a bit of a gap down here at the bottom. So to get rid of that gap, change the Vertical Move value to 10 points, like so, and then go ahead and click OK in order to apply that effect. And now, just to make sure everything reconciles the way it needs to, drag that Transform effect between Round Corners and Warp effect in order to fill things out ever so slightly. And even though that didn't make the biggest difference, it will by the time we are done.

Now, at this point it dawned on me, this knoll isn't nearly tall enough, and the only way to really fix that problem that I've found was to adjust the Position values associated with each one of the incremental fills. So I will go and start with this last fill here, the yellowish one. Twirl it open and then click on Transform in order to bring up its Transform effect. You might figure you could just go ahead and change the Vertical scale value, but that doesn't really give us the appearance we want. I will go ahead and turn on the Preview checkbox, and let's say I change that value to 250% to take it up, and that reduces the roundness of things, which is not what I want.

So I will go ahead and reset that value to 160% and instead, I will change the Vertical Move value to -50 points, which actually moves the fill upward, as you can see. And it changes the shape of the entire knoll because it's the topmost fill. That's the effect I am looking for, so now I will go ahead and click OK. And now we just need to adjust the fills in between. I will twirl this guy closed, twirl the next one open like so, click on the word Transform in order to bring up the Transform panel, change the Vertical Move value this time to -38 points, and then turn on the Preview checkbox. And so negative vertical move values move things upward; positive values move them downward.

Now I will click OK in order to accept that effect, twirl this guy closed, twirl this next one open, click on its Transform, and change the Vertical Move value for the final time to -22 points and then turn on the Preview checkbox to see our newest effect. Click OK in order to accept that change. That finishes off the grass, so I will go ahead and zoom in on my illustration. Now let's add the rays of light. But before we do, switch over to the Layers panel and twirl open the Back layer, and you can see I have a couple of other items that I have created in the background.

If you turn off the knoll for the moment, which is just called Path, which is this guy right there, turn it off, and then turn on this compound shape down here at the bottom, you can see that I have created a collection of clouds, and all they are, by the way, is a bunch of ellipses with this polygonal path outline drawn in the background, just to fill things out. And then I just went ahead and combined them all into a single compound shape from the Pathfinder panel. We saw that in previous movies, but you Alt+Click or Option+Click on the Unite icon. I will press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect those clouds. And the same holds true, by the way, for these trees right here.

They are just a bunch of ellipses with a rectangle of the bottom. These little guys down here are independent flower shapes that will come to you in a moment. But I just want you to see what's going on. I will turn the knoll back on here, this shape near the top, and the next thing we want to do is add some rays of light in the background. We are going to do that by clicking on this rectangle right there, and I will press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac, just so that we can see the entire thing. It's this vertical bluish rectangle. And we are going to spread it out to create a couple of rays, as follows.

You start off by switching back to the Appearance panel, just so we can see the effects build up. Then go up to the Effect menu, choose the Distort & Transform, and choose the Transform command. And what we need to do here is to create a couple of rectangles on either side of this one. So change the Horizontal Move value to 200 points and then turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see that just moves it over to the side. All we need to is create one copy, and that way we have two versions of this rectangle in different locations. Now click OK. And because we want the other copy of the rectangle to be symmetrical, we might as well just take this guy and make a copy of him, so click on Transform here in the Appearance panel and then click on the little Page icon at the bottom of the panel in order to create a duplicate of it. Click on that second Transform, change the Horizontal value this time to -200 points, turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see we get another one to the left-hand side because copies is already set to 1.

Now I'll go ahead and click OK. Next, what we want to do, turn these rectangles into rays that are going out in different directions, and that means applying a vertical distortion, which you can apply using any one of the warp effects; doesn't matter which one you apply. So go up to the Effect menu, choose Warp, and then choose anything--it really doesn't matter. I will just go ahead and choose Arc, since it's the first command. Turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see this is not the effect we want at all; this is the last effect we applied.

Regardless of what style you are using, you want to change the Bend value to 0%. Then you want to tab your way down to the Vertical Value and change it to -100, which is as low as you can go, and you will end up with this effect here, which is wrong, but we are going to take care of that in just a moment. The problem is that instead of all the rays bending outward, they are bending independently, and that's because the warp got positioned in the wrong location. Illustrator does this sometimes; it doesn't always apply effects sequentially.

So what you need to do is grab that Warp effect to drag it to the bottom of the stack in order to create this effect here. And you can see that these rays are now bending dramatically outward. That's too much, so we need to once again transform the shapes by going up to the Effect menu, choosing Distort & Transform, and choosing Transform. Most likely, Illustrator will ask you if you really want to apply a new effect, since we already have two transforms at work here, but we do, so go ahead and click on the Apply New Effect button and then change the Horizontal Scale value to 45%.

That's all we need. And then turn on the Preview checkbox and you can see that ends up tidying things up nicely. Now click OK. The final thing to do is to click on the word Opacity down here at the bottom of the stack. Change the blend mode from Normal to Overlay, so we end up getting a little bit of interaction up here at the top of the gradient, and then change the Opacity value to 50% in order to create this effect here. Now I will press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac to zoom in, and I will press Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect my artwork.

Now, the final thing we want to do is create these little flowers right here, and you may figure the best way to do that is to draw a star shape and then somehow make it bulbous. But the easier way to approach these kinds of shapes is to draw a single ellipse and then transform it. So you'd rotate it a total of six times in this case. Let me show you what that looks like. I will go ahead and select this right-hand ellipse for starters here, and then I will go up to the Effect menu, and this time I might as well just choose that second Transform command there, the one with the ... so that we can easily access the command.

And you want to change both the scale values back to 100%. You want the Move Values to be 0 apiece. Go ahead and select the bottom point in the reference point matrix, change the Rotate value to 60 degrees. Now turn on the Preview checkbox, and you can see that goes ahead and rotates the ellipse to the left there. Now click in the Copies option and press the up arrow key until you fill up the flowers, which happens at a value of 5. Now click OK. Now I want the flower to appear at a kind of jaunty angle.

So I will return to the Effect menu, choose Transform again. Illustrator is going to grump at me. I will just go ahead and click on Apply New Effect. I will change the Rotate value this time to -15 degrees. I will change the Vertical Scale Value to 90%. You want to go ahead and click inside the center point of the reference point matrix, change the Number of Copies to 0, and then turn on the Preview checkbox and you end up with this effect here. Now click OK. Now we want to turn the other ellipse into a flower as well, and it would be nice if I could just go ahead and copy the effects that I have already assigned to this flower over to this guy, which I can, and you do that from the Layers panel.

So switch back to the Layers panel, go ahead and scroll down the list here inside the Back layer, and notice that the selected path, the one over here on the left, is just called Path. It appears at the top of the stack. And the other one, this guy right here, is the next path down. Notice it has a kind of volumetric meatball, which means it has dynamic effects assigned to it. And you want to go ahead and copy those effects over to this one, and you do that by pressing the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and dragging from this location to here, and then releasing. And notice that goes ahead and copies all those effects over.

Now I'll switch back to the Appearance panel, and the great thing is, the first Transform effect is exactly right, because the six-petal flower is going to be the same regardless of its angle. So all we need to do is change the second transform by clicking on it, and I will change Vertical Scale value this time to 80%, and I will Rotate value to 30 degrees. And if you turn on the Preview checkbox, you will see that we end up getting a kind of skewed flower this time around. I will click OK, switch back to the Layers panel, assuming you're working along with me, and go ahead and turn on all those layers once again, except for the top text layer.

The last thing we need to do is establish this ellipse right here is the shadow under the bird. Currently it's too dark, and because it's filled with black, all we need to do is change its Opacity value. We don't have to change the Blend mode to Multiple. So just go ahead and change the Opacity value to 50% up here in the center of the Control panel. And I will press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect the artwork. And that, friends, is a long, but comprehensive look, how you create a dramatic cartoon background here inside Illustrator.

If you're a member of the lynda.com online training library, I have a follow-up movie in which I show you how to stroke live editable text inside of Illustrator, and notice that the black stroke appears in back of the white letters, to create this final version of the artwork. I know, it seems like it'd be an obvious operation, but it's not. If you are waiting for next week's free movie, I will show you how to take this generic wood photograph and we will dress it up with some synthetic water droplets created entirely from scratch, inside Photoshop.

Deke's Techniques, each and every week. You don't want to make me angry, bud, so keep watching.

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  1. 24m 57s
    1. 341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
      13m 41s
    2. 342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
      11m 16s
  2. 11h 26m
    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
  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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