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273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters


Deke's Techniques

with Deke McClelland

Video: 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters

Hey gang, this is Deke McClellan. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Well, the holiday season is officially upon us. In just a couple of days it's going to be Thanksgiving here in the states. Now, in honor of the holiday last year, I showed you how to make a hand turkey. This year I'm switching things out and I'm going to serve up some ham. It's what I call creating a pigature in Photoshop. Now it's kind of an Ed Emberley thing. You know that guy who teaches kids how to draw? So we've just got some simple shapes going as well as an M an E, two W's and some cursive e's for the tail.
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  1. 33m 15s
    1. 404 Forging a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop NEW
      20m 59s
    2. 405 Masking graphic frames and natural edges NEW
      12m 16s
  2. 4h 8m
    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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
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68h 33m Intermediate Jan 11, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 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.

Illustrator Photoshop
Deke McClelland

273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters

Hey gang, this is Deke McClellan. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. Well, the holiday season is officially upon us. In just a couple of days it's going to be Thanksgiving here in the states. Now, in honor of the holiday last year, I showed you how to make a hand turkey. This year I'm switching things out and I'm going to serve up some ham. It's what I call creating a pigature in Photoshop. Now it's kind of an Ed Emberley thing. You know that guy who teaches kids how to draw? So we've just got some simple shapes going as well as an M an E, two W's and some cursive e's for the tail.

Here, let me show you exactly how it works. Alright, here's the final version of our pig. Just so you can see it on screen. If you're working along with me, make sure Photoshop is running, of course. And then press Ctrl+N or Cmd+N on the Mac. And, assuming that you're working in pixels, we're going to set the width value to 2,100 and then I'm going to set the height value to 1,524. So resolution should be 300 pixels per inch. Make sure that the Color mode is set to RGB, 8 bits per channel and the background content are white. I also happen to have my working space here set to Adobe RGB.

Then click OK in order to create that image. And we'll go ahead and zoom in on it. And now we want to start with the pig's body. And you make it using the Ellipse tool, which you can select from the Shape Tool Fly out menu. Then I'm going to go ahead and draw pretty big lips and I'm using the space bar to adjust its positioning on the fly. And as you can see here, over on the heads up display, next to my cursor. I've git a width value of let's say 14,46. That's fine. And a height of 886 pixels.

At which point you can go ahead and release the Mouse button. Now, inside Photoshop CC, it's going to bring up the Properties panel. And what we want to do here is set the fill color to None, so no color and then change the stroke to black and I also want the line way to be six points. And notice that by default the stroke is aligned on the inside of the ellipse, which is exactly what we want. Then go ahead and hide the Properties panel and I'm going to change the name of this layer to body. Like so. Alright, now we need to add some text.

So go ahead and select the Type tool. And you want your font to be set to Myriad Pro, Regular and the size value should be 86 points. And then click someplace down right. You don't want to click inside the elipse because then you'll create text inside of a shape. Which is not what we're looking for. So, go ahead and click down here, let's say, and enter capital W and then press the Enter key with the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that change. I'm going to go ahead and control drag this guy into about this position here.

And that's a command drag on the map and the reason I'm pressing the Ctrl key or the Cmd key is to temporarily access the Move tool on the fly. Now we want to make a copy of this W that is exactly to the left of it, which means you have to match all of the modifier keys. So press Ctrl+Shift+Alt here on a PC or Cmd+Shift+Option on the Mac, and go ahead and drag a clone of this W over to this location right there. Alright, now for the pig's snout you make that by Ctr+Alt or Cmd+Option dragging the W up to this location.

So this time you don't have to press the Shift key because we're not constraining the drag. Then let's go ahead and change the letter to a capital E. Press C+Enter key on your numerical keypad in order to accept that change. If you're working on a laptop, you press Ctrl+Enter or Cmd+Return on a Mac. Because obviously you don't have a numerical keypad. Next, we want to flip this guy by going up to the Edit menu, choosing Transform and then choosing Flip Horizontal. And you get this effect here. And now I'm going to Ctrl+drag it, or Cmd+drag it to right about there.

Now I need to extend the top and bottom bar of the E. So I need to convert it into a Shape layer. And anytime I do that I create a copy of the original by pressing Ctr+J or Cmd+J on the Mac. That way if I have to come back to the original Text layer I can. But go ahead and turn it off though because it's just there for safe keeping. With the most recent e-layer selected go to the Type menu and chose Convert to Shape and that will convert the letter form into a path outline and then you want to go ahead and select the Drag Selection tool that is the right arrow tool.

From the Arrow Tool Fly out menu there. And go ahead and marquee these two points and Shift+marque these two points. You don't want to select the middle bar. And then press Shift+left arrow and my case seven times in a row. So one two three four five six seven in order to create this effect. It is a little out of alignment but we will fix that in a moment. And then, finally, go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac, in order to switch away from that path outline. And go ahead and re-select the Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key, of course.

And select that top W right there. And go ahead and Ctrl+Alt or Cmd+Option, drag it up to the top of the screen in order to make a copy. Select that text and change it to an M. Now, notice that an M is not as wide as a W, at least where Myrid Pro is concerned. So, I'll go ahead and select the M once again and bring up the Character panel, which you can also get from choosing character from the Window menu, and I'm going to change this horizontal scale value there to 120%.

And then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that change. Now, let's take this guy here and I'm going to drag it, I'm Ctrl+dragging or Cmd+dragging on the Mac, so that it's in approximately this location right there. I'll have to adjust a little bit. But anyway, now what we want to do is go back to the body layer and mask it. So that we have gaps to accommodate the letters. And so, I'll start by clicking the add layer mask icon on the bottom of the Layers panel. Then, I'll go ahead and zoom into the hind legs like so, so I can see him in more detail, and I'll switch to my brush tool which I can also get by pressing the B key.

Then you want to right-click inside of the image window. And the most important value here is this hardness value, which needs to be cranked up to 100%. I might take the size value down to, let's say, 40 pixels looks pretty good. And press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac to accept that change. Press the D key, in order to instate the default colors here and then press the X key in order to switch them. So that the foreground color is black. And you want to paint like so in order to get rid of that section of the ellipse.

And you probably aren't going to get it exactly right the first time. For example, if I hadn't practiced this so many times I might end up with this kind of effect right there where I don't have exact alignment. In which case, if you encounter that phenomenon then press the X key in order to switch the foreground color back to white, I'll press the left bracket key in order to reduce the size of my brush a little bit and I'll paint that back in. Alright, let's go ahead and zoom out. And we want to take in the snout this time around. You can see that the alignment's off, so I'll go ahead and select the top E layer, and I'll press Ctrl+right arrow, this is Cmd+right arrow, a few times to nude that E outward.

Then I'll switch back to the Body layer. Very important. Press the X key in order to switch the foreground color back to black. And paint like so. I'll increase the size of my cursor. Paint up to here. And then I'll reduce the size of my cursor. This part's pretty tricky in order to paint that away and you can see that my alignment's not quite exactly on. It's really never going to be. But anyway I'll reduce the size of my cursor, press the X key again in order to switch my foreground color to black. And then I'll paint back in like that, and then I'll press the X key.

Then switch it to white and I'll paint it back and so forth. You know, how long you decide to spend on that is up to you. Anyway I'm going to go ahead and zoom out. So I can take in more of this critter here. An I'm interested in its ears this time around, which is the M, of course. It's not in alignment, so I'll select, the M layer, an press Ctrl+right arrow, a few times. It's Cmd+right arrow on the Mac in order to nudge it outward. Switch back to the body layer specifically its layer mask. Increase the size of the cursor like so and paint across here.

Obviously that was kind of a hat job there. So I'll reduce the size of my cursor. Press the X key and paint like so. And that's not quite right so I'll just undo and try again like that. That's good enough. Ctrl+0, Cmd+0 on the Mac to zoom out. Now, we need to add the tail. And we're going to create the tail like so. I am going to switch to the Type tool, click on the very top layer there to select it, click inside the image window and enter eee, lower case e's. Now, can't see them because they're white, so I'll press the Enter key on the numerical keypad to accept that change and I'll press Alt+backspace or Option+Delete on a Mac to fill the letters with blacks so they look like this.

So, three e's in a row. Now you need to change the stacks to some sort of script font, and depending on which platform you're on, you may or may not have this font available to you. It's a Microsoft font. And it's called Segoe. It's down here. SEGOE Script. So, Segoe script. Go ahead and select it if you have access to it, if not, you're just going to have to sort of experiment with the script fonts that are available to you. Because you want the es to be connected to each other, like so. So mistral, by the way, kind of works as well.

So you can check that out if you like. And now I'm going to bring up the Character panels. You can see right here. Go ahead and reinstate a horizontal scale value of a 100%, and then we're going to change the tracking value right there so that these guys align better. Notice that they're not fluid curves. And, if we want fluid curves, you need to change the tracking value to negative 124 is my experience. That assumes however, that the size value is 58 points. So, go ahead and take that down as well.

Then, go ahead and drag this guy down here. Now, the tail's facing the wrong direction, so go up to the Edit menu, choose transform and choose Flip Horizontal. And you'll end up with this kind of tail right there. I'm going to drag it to about this location, should work out nicely. I'm going to give it a layer mask by clicking on the, Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then I'll go ahead and select the Brush tool in order to paint in a mask. In my case, I need to press the X key to make my foreground color black. I'm going to increase the size of my brush a little bit. And just paint this guy away like so.

Now, of course, the pig wouldn't be complete without an eye. And we're going to draw that eye right here on the body layer. So go ahead and click on it to select it. And don't select this layer mask by the way. Go ahead and select the Ellipse tool once again, and then go out to the Control panel and change the path operation to subtract from shape. Then go ahead and drag right about here, I figure and press the Shift key as you do to constrain this shape to a circle. And you can see that mine is 82 pixels by 82 pixels and you end up with this effect here.

That brings up the Properties panel in this version of Photoshop. I'm just going to go ahead and hide it because I don't want to see it at all. Now, obviously, it's a cartoon pig so it has to be filled with pink. And we're going to fill the pig by clicking on the Background layer to make it active and then press Ctrl+Shift+N or Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac in order to create a new layer. And I'm going to call mine pinkishness, like so, and then click OK. Now, to select the interior of the pig, you want to use of all things the Quick Selection tool.

This is the easiest tool for our purposes. You also want sample all layers turned on, so that the tool can see all of the layers at once. I also have auto-enhance turned on although, that's not essential. Now what you want to do is draw a very long brush stroke like so. Inside the pig exclusively in order to select the entire interior. Now, if we were to fill this selection right now, we would have a little bit of a halo between the pink and the black stroke. So, to get rid of that go up to the Select menu choose Modify and choose Expand, and set this expand-by value to 12 pixels and click OK.

Now go to the color panel and make sure that you're looking at the HSB sliders, very important. Then, change the hue value to 330 degrees, change the saturation to 50% and we want a, brightness value of 100%. And then press Alt+backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac, in order to fill that pig. So you can press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on the Mac, in order to deselect the animal. I figure he needs some hooves, so I'm going to press the M key to switch back to the rectangular Marquee tool. And, I'm going to draw it right down here, let's say.

In order to create a rectangle that dips below the bottom of the animals feet. And, then in order to select just these regions right here Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt or Cmd+Shift+Option on the Mac. And then click on the thumbnail for the pinkish layer. And then you'll find the intersection of that layer and that selection. Not press Ctrl+Shift again or Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac to create a new layer. I'll call this one hooves, press the D key to switch your foreground color back to black. And press Alt+backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac.

In order to fill those hooves like so and press Ctrl+D, Cmd+D on a Mac in order to deselect the image. Now we need a pupil, so scroll to the top of the layer stack, click on that very top layer and press Ctrl+Shift end or Cmd+Shift end on a Mac to create a new layer called pupil. Click OK. Go ahead and once again, select the Brush tool. Right click inside the image and we're looking for a size value of 60 pixels, along with a hardness of 100%. Press the Enter key or Return key on a Mac and then click right about there in order to create a pupil.

We also need a highlight. And we'll create that using the Eraser tool which you can select by pressing the E key. If I were to right-click with it you can see that my size value is set to 35 pixels, the hardness is 100%, now I'll just go ahead and click let's say up left like so. Alright, now we need to give the pig a background so I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Like so maybe even a little farther. In order to take in entire illustration and I will switch over to the Rectangle tool here inside the Shape Tool Fly out menu. And I will dry a rectangle more or less something like this, lets say.

And it comes in filled in black and that's alright and we will take care of that problem in a moment. Now I don't want it on the top of the stack here, that's wrong. A quick and easy way to move it down to the bottom to the stack is to press Ctrl+Shift left bracket or Cmd+Shift left bracket on the Mac. You can obviously go ahead and drag it down to the bottom as well, but I don't really have that much room to work. I'm going to go ahead and call this guy grass even though it's not looking very grassy right now. Now in this version of Photoshop the shape doesn't snap into alignment with the actual canvas, so I need to enter some values here inside the properties value.

I'm going to change the width value to 2,100 pixels, so it's very important you're working in pixels. I'll change the height to 450. I'll change the x value to 0. And we want the y value to be 1074 in order to fit this specific image. Now I'll hide the Properties panel because it's served its purpose, and I'll go ahead and change the values here in the Color panel. I'll change the hue value to 80 degrees. Then I'll change the saturation to 75 and the brightness to 100%. And I'll press Alt+backspace or Option+Delete on a Mac in order to fill the grass with that shade of green.

Now click on the background to make it active. We need to create the sky as a gradient. So go ahead and drop down to the black white circle at the bottom of the Layers panel. Press the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac and choose Gradient. And because you have the Alt+Option key down, that brings up the new layer dialog box so we can name this layer sky, as we create it. Next you want to click on this little down arrow icon and change the gradient to Foreground to Background. Then, go ahead and click on the gradient bar to bring up the gradient editor dialog box. Double-click on the green color stop at the beginning there, change the hue value to 210 degrees, take the saturation value down to 50%.

A brightness of 100% works fine. Click OK, and then click OK again, so that you're looking at the gradient fill dialog box and change the angle to negative 90 degrees. Alright now, click OK. You can see that we've got one problem left right here. The animal's eye has filled with blue. And, that's because it's actually transparent. To fill it in, go ahead and select the pinkishness layer, right there, switch to the rectangular Marquee tool, which once again, you can get by pressing the M key.

And go ahead and marquee this central region, like so. So you just want to make sure that you've selected at least all of the eye. Then, go up to the Edit menu and choose the Fill command. And assuming that your background color is white, you want to go ahead and switch Use to Background color. And then you want to change Mode to Behind. So that you're filling the area behind the pink skin and then click OK, and you end up with that effect here. And now press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image.

And that friends, is how you create an amazingly simple cartoon pic using nothing more than shapes and letters here inside Photoshop. If you're a member of the online training library, I have a follow up movie, in which I show you how to take our pigture so far and place it against a photographic background. It's so real, it's like you could just reach out and touch it. If you're waiting for next week's free movie, this is a doozy. By popular demand, I'll show you how to take a photograph and turn it into a Roy Lichtenstein style band-aid comic panel.

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