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304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)


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Deke's Techniques

with Deke McClelland

Video: 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to a very special adventure in Deke's Techniques. This week, I'll show you how to create your own personal Chinese seal, which is a kind of stamp that you can use to sign your artwork, also known as a chop. Specifically I'll show you how make this chop right here, now, this is my name, believe it or not. And in case you're wondering, how this amounts to my name and you might find this interesting, if you're trying to distill your name into something resembling Latin characters as well.
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  1. 46m 55s
    1. 445 Correct in Lab and leave a smooth histogram NEW
      9m 21s
    2. 446 Combining the best of Lab and Camera Raw NEW
      9m 20s
    3. 10h 52m
      1. 377 Two ways to create center guides in Photoshop
        4m 28s
      2. 378 A new way to create center guides in Photoshop CC
        4m 21s
      3. 379 Two ways to create center guides in Illustrator
        3m 25s
      4. 380 Clearing the list of recently used fonts in InDesign
        6m 40s
      5. 381 Two ways to search fonts in InDesign CC
        4m 31s
      6. 382 Drawing flowering vectors in Illustrator
        18m 15s
      7. 383 Stroking the petals to create a lattice effect
        16m 45s
      8. 384 Creating a flowering origami effect
        8m 47s
      9. 385 Painting shapes with transitional gradients
        15m 54s
      10. 386 Correcting the brightness and banding of a printed image
        18m 7s
      11. 387 Further reducing banding with a gradient layer
        11m 43s
      12. 388 Smoothing away noise with the Mean stack mode
        8m 8s
      13. 389 Developing a sweetly romantic tropical island
        9m 28s
      14. 390 Creating a Caribbean blue sea with Photo Filter
        5m 10s
      15. 391 Creating letters chiseled into stone
        8m 15s
      16. 392 Adding a chiseled border
        6m 29s
      17. 393 Assembling MRI slices into a 3D volume
        9m 24s
      18. 394 Assigning multiple strokes to gradient type in Illustrator
        10m 30s
      19. 395 Filling in the gaps between stroked letters
        6m 2s
      20. 396 Fragmenting a photo through ribbed glass
        9m 46s
      21. 397 Applying a displacement map with the Glass filter
        8m 40s
      22. 398 Infusing an image with vivid nightclub colors
        6m 59s
      23. 399 Adding MDNA-inspired bands of color
        9m 38s
      24. 400 Patching badly displaced edges
        4m 46s
      25. 401 Styling type with a pattern of vertical lines
        12m 59s
      26. 402 Reshaping letterforms to match the intervals of a pattern
        11m 34s
      27. 403 Swapping one image for another with smart objects
        7m 57s
      28. 404 Forging a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop
        20m 59s
      29. 405 Masking graphic frames and natural edges
        12m 16s
      30. 406 Matching a real-world paper texture
        12m 16s
      31. 407 Casting multiple drop shadows in Photoshop
        6m 55s
      32. 408 Developing an awesome angelfish in Camera Raw
        9m 32s
      33. 409 Tweaking a fish photo to perfection
        5m 32s
      34. 410 Assigning spot colors to a logo in Photoshop
        14m 19s
      35. 411 Blending spot colors inside a logo
        9m 23s
      36. 412 Exporting spot-color separations from Photoshop
        8m 3s
      37. 413 Exporting spot-color separations from Illustrator
        9m 25s
      38. 414 The latest and greatest 2015 Facebook image specifications
        8m 58s
      39. 415 Creating the perfect Facebook cover photo 2015
        13m 38s
      40. 416 Extending your profile picture into your Facebook cover photo
        12m 2s
      41. 417 Preparing images for your Facebook timeline
        9m 42s
      42. 418 Converting all corner points in a drawing to smooth points
        7m 14s
      43. 419 Adding field blurs to a vector-based illustration
        11m 39s
      44. 420 Great uses for Color and Gradient Overlay
        7m 39s
      45. 421 Easter Island
        7m 19s
      46. 422 Creating a string of pearls in Illustrator
        15m 0s
      47. 423 Drawing a letter to match a dingbat font
        12m 14s
      48. 424 Assembling an interior, vertical panorama
        10m 34s
      49. 425 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Photoshop
        10m 26s
      50. 426 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Lightroom
        11m 20s
      51. 427 Sharpening your dark and stormy photo for print
        8m 45s
      52. 428 Auto-blending multiple depths of field
        8m 16s
      53. 429 Assigning multiple strokes in Photoshop CC 2015
        6m 8s
      54. 430 Combining multiple drop shadows to create faux-3D type
        4m 51s
      55. 431 Combining multiple Color and Gradient Overlay effects
        6m 0s
      56. 432 Removing unwanted perspective from a photo
        15m 6s
      57. 433 Correcting the perspective of a single image element
        8m 57s
      58. 434 Extracting an unmodified photo from a Smart Object
        3m 31s
      59. 435 Extracting a raw photo from a Smart Object
        4m 26s
      60. 436 Orthogonal pattern 1: The boxed towers
        17m 28s
      61. 437 Repeating a tile pattern Brick by Row
        6m 51s
      62. 438 Refining the color scheme of your tile pattern
        10m 15s
      63. 439 Orthogonal pattern 2: Which way is up?
        14m 17s
      64. 440 Upping the number of colors in a dynamic pattern
        11m 42s
      65. 441 Achieving real pointillism with the Pointillize filter
        8m 23s
      66. 442 Adding Emboss to give your painting depth
        1m 48s
      67. 443 Blending multiple motion photos
        13m 44s
      68. 444 Creating a wildly colorful High Pass effect
        7m 1s
    4. 18h 48m
      1. 282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
        12m 59s
      2. 283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
        13m 41s
      3. 284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
        12m 24s
      4. 285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
        19m 44s
      5. 286 Coloring and shading your avatar
        16m 0s
      6. 287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
        10m 54s
      7. 288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
        13m 43s
      8. 289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
        7m 29s
      9. 290 Painting happy little trees
        13m 46s
      10. 291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
        15m 15s
      11. 292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
        12m 20s
      12. 293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
        13m 10s
      13. 294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
        11m 40s
      14. 295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
        10m 46s
      15. 296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
        8m 13s
      16. 297 Correcting a distorted panorama
        17m 23s
      17. 298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
        14m 53s
      18. 299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
        8m 54s
      19. 300 Blending a shadow into any background
        8m 37s
      20. 301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
        8m 45s
      21. 302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
        11m 17s
      22. 303 Using Photoshop 1.0
        5m 45s
      23. 304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
        26m 4s
      24. 305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
        20m 8s
      25. 306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
        3m 34s
      26. 307 Creating a black chop on red paper
        5m 55s
      27. 308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
        3m 44s
      28. 309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
        4m 21s
      29. 310 Creating the perfect passport photo
        20m 18s
      30. 311 Retouching your passport photo
        13m 38s
      31. 312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
        13m 11s
      32. 313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
        11m 8s
      33. 314 Creating a 3D bump map
        12m 7s
      34. 315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
        14m 4s
      35. 316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
        10m 48s
      36. 317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
        9m 29s
      37. 318 Reducing real-world camera shake
        10m 4s
      38. 319 Reducing glare in a photograph
        15m 25s
      39. 320 Restoring repeating details
        13m 43s
      40. 321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
        9m 6s
      41. 322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
        12m 25s
      42. 323 Masking mountains away from sky
        14m 22s
      43. 324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
        10m 7s
      44. 325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
        12m 48s
      45. 326 Masking a caricature against a new background
        11m 20s
      46. 327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
        10m 6s
      47. 328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
        12m 21s
      48. 329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
        9m 0s
      49. 330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
        8m 9s
      50. 331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
        10m 37s
      51. 332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
        8m 15s
      52. 333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
        7m 53s
      53. 334 Straightening and “uncropping” a photo
        16m 17s
      54. 335 Restoring a missing photograph detail
        11m 26s
      55. 336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
        11m 44s
      56. 337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
        6m 17s
      57. 338 Four hands united in brotherhood, solidarity, and teamwork
        12m 24s
      58. 339 Swapping out colors in existing gradients in Illustrator
        4m 37s
      59. 340 Select > Focus Area and the pseudo engraving effect
        12m 26s
      60. 341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
        13m 41s
      61. 342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
        11m 16s
      62. 343 Creating a 3D doughnut in Illustrator
        15m 23s
      63. 344 Creating a golden 3D ring in Illustrator
        10m 21s
      64. 345 Mapping Elven runes (or text) onto a 3D ring
        15m 57s
      65. 346 Hand-drawing custom-made letters in Illustrator
        19m 33s
      66. 347 Drawing letters with curves and holes
        15m 56s
      67. 348 Enhancing your hand-drawn text in Photoshop
        7m 20s
      68. 349 Mixing a low-color photo with Camera Raw
        11m 2s
      69. 350 Mixing a low-color photo with adjustment layers
        10m 7s
      70. 351 Saving your effect as a color lookup table
        5m 31s
      71. 352 Extracting a classic painting from its frame
        11m 35s
      72. 353 Extracting that same painting nondestructively
        7m 59s
      73. 354 Archiving and enhancing a child’s art
        10m 47s
      74. 355 Combining a child’s art with a real classic
        11m 5s
      75. 356 Developing the perfect sunset in Camera Raw
        9m 55s
      76. 357 Lush landscapes: The real green is yellow
        9m 7s
      77. 358 Painting away Camera Raw “Clarity halos”
        17m 7s
      78. 359 Selectively sharpening a stressed photograph
        16m 12s
      79. 360 Transforming yourself into a Dark Elf
        16m 27s
      80. 361 Hand-masking the elf against a vivid background
        15m 35s
      81. 362 Making the Dark Elf that much darker
        15m 29s
      82. 363 Developing a photograph of The Joker
        16m 26s
      83. 364 Carving expression lines into The Joker’s face
        14m 1s
      84. 365 Creating a campaign poster in Illustrator
        15m 3s
      85. 366 Creating a Prohibition (or Universal No) symbol
        7m 13s
      86. 367 Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator
        10m 4s
      87. 368 Creating cool Flame Generator art
        9m 35s
      88. 369 Setting type on fire with the Flame Generator
        8m 13s
      89. 370 Blending synthetic flames with type
        6m 12s
      90. 371 Creating secret-message type in Photoshop
        13m 38s
      91. 372 Animating a continuously morphing message
        10m 59s
      92. 373 Creating a piece of Minecraft-inspired art
        16m 10s
      93. 374 Extruding your Minecraft art into 3D space
        8m 39s
      94. 375 Adding a big-pixel, Minecraft background
        12m 2s
      95. 376 Developing the perfect holiday portrait
        15m 22s
    5. 17h 21m
      1. 185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
        11m 44s
      2. 186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
        9m 50s
      3. 187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
        10m 54s
      4. 188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
        12m 6s
      5. 189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
        10m 49s
      6. 190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
        6m 39s
      7. 191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
        15m 6s
      8. 192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
        11m 7s
      9. 193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
        12m 55s
      10. 194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
        14m 43s
      11. 195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
        10m 43s
      12. 196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
        8m 20s
      13. 197 Creating opaque colored shadows
        5m 20s
      14. 198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
        5m 9s
      15. 199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
        9m 55s
      16. 200 Changing a static blended color scheme
        7m 16s
      17. 201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
        20m 26s
      18. 202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
        9m 43s
      19. 203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
        13m 21s
      20. 204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
        9m 38s
      21. 205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
        7m 53s
      22. 206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
        12m 0s
      23. 207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
        16m 59s
      24. 208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
        9m 21s
      25. 209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
        11m 10s
      26. 210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
        18m 29s
      27. 211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
        5m 0s
      28. 212 Creating synthetic water droplets
        9m 29s
      29. 213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
        5m 19s
      30. 214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
        5m 30s
      31. 215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
        9m 8s
      32. 216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
        10m 4s
      33. 217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
        15m 9s
      34. 218 Using texture and depth to add realism
        10m 22s
      35. 219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
        7m 16s
      36. 220 Creating and importing a tracing template
        6m 50s
      37. 221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
        18m 52s
      38. 222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
        14m 3s
      39. 223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
        7m 19s
      40. 224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
        11m 23s
      41. 225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
        12m 15s
      42. 226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
        8m 0s
      43. 227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
        9m 15s
      44. 228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
        5m 44s
      45. 229 Correcting an underwater photograph
        10m 30s
      46. 230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
        7m 17s
      47. 231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
        8m 33s
      48. 232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
        10m 43s
      49. 233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
        6m 35s
      50. 234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
        15m 52s
      51. 235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
        7m 11s
      52. 236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
        13m 2s
      53. 237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
        7m 27s
      54. 238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
        3m 23s
      55. 239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
        7m 40s
      56. 240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
        3m 29s
      57. 241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
        7m 9s
      58. 242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
        9m 27s
      59. 243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
        16m 21s
      60. 244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
        9m 7s
      61. 245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
        5m 23s
      62. 246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
        8m 29s
      63. 247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
        12m 31s
      64. 248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
        6m 48s
      65. 249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
        12m 32s
      66. 250 Creating schematic art with grid
        12m 41s
      67. 251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
        12m 8s
      68. 252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
        6m 1s
      69. 253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
        17m 13s
      70. 254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
        16m 40s
      71. 255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
        12m 13s
      72. 256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
        10m 57s
      73. 257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
        9m 4s
      74. 258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
        8m 56s
      75. 259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
        11m 43s
      76. 260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
        13m 11s
      77. 261 Blending the final false-color artwork
        8m 41s
      78. 262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
        12m 50s
      79. 263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
        9m 8s
      80. 264 Turning yourself into a zombie
        14m 0s
      81. 265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
        9m 26s
      82. 266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
        16m 43s
      83. 267 Turning type into gooey green slime
        11m 19s
      84. 268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
        12m 27s
      85. 269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
        11m 3s
      86. 270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
        10m 10s
      87. 271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
        11m 18s
      88. 272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
        18m 22s
      89. 273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
        18m 7s
      90. 274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
        7m 27s
      91. 275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
        16m 8s
      92. 276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
        15m 31s
      93. 277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
        11m 31s
      94. 278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
        12m 0s
      95. 279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
        6m 3s
      96. 280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
        14m 42s
      97. 281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode
        11m 15s
    6. 14h 31m
      1. 091 Removing people from a photo
        10m 44s
      2. 092 Masking people back into a photo
        10m 58s
      3. 093 Hand-painting a mask
        10m 5s
      4. 094 Masking a real-life shadow
        10m 40s
      5. 095 Turning a photo into line art
        7m 44s
      6. 096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
        6m 46s
      7. 097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
        5m 32s
      8. 098 Creating auto-inverting line art
        5m 7s
      9. 099 Creating movie poster credits
        8m 10s
      10. 100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
        6m 24s
      11. 101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
        7m 24s
      12. 102 Drawing with the reshape tool
        10m 39s
      13. 103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
        10m 6s
      14. 104 Creating a vanity frame
        5m 28s
      15. 105 Adding a frame to a photograph
        5m 3s
      16. 106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
        10m 3s
      17. 107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
        10m 22s
      18. 108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
        8m 20s
      19. 109 Putting a tongue on a duck
        7m 6s
      20. 110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
        11m 3s
      21. 111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
        4m 57s
      22. 112 Designing a railroad track
        12m 18s
      23. 113 Bending the railroad track around curves
        7m 46s
      24. 114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
        9m 23s
      25. 115 Creating leafy letters
        6m 12s
      26. 116 Creating topiary type
        6m 22s
      27. 117 Creating type in grass
        9m 0s
      28. 118 Rendering type in smoke
        7m 30s
      29. 119 Rendering type in brushed metal
        9m 58s
      30. 120 Adding brushed copper effect
        4m 14s
      31. 121 Reflecting type in water
        10m 57s
      32. 122 Reflecting water back into type
        11m 14s
      33. 123 Joining type to a circle
        7m 14s
      34. 124 Making flared type on a circle
        7m 17s
      35. 125 Making a person emerge from water
        5m 32s
      36. 126 Creating progressive water ripples
        10m 17s
      37. 127 Creating an upside-down face effect
        10m 17s
      38. 128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
        6m 33s
      39. 129 Pearly white teeth
        7m 28s
      40. 130 Head-shrinking
        8m 26s
      41. 131 Getting a big head
        5m 11s
      42. 132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
        4m 28s
      43. 133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
        5m 9s
      44. 134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
        4m 17s
      45. 135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
        7m 29s
      46. 136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
        10m 0s
      47. 137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
        11m 41s
      48. 138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
        16m 28s
      49. 139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
        11m 43s
      50. 140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
        12m 39s
      51. 141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
        9m 59s
      52. 142 Masking and blackening a car
        10m 20s
      53. 143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
        12m 46s
      54. 144 Masking and painting a shadow
        8m 26s
      55. 145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
        5m 34s
      56. 146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
        6m 2s
      57. 147 Adding flame stripes to a car
        8m 23s
      58. 148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
        7m 44s
      59. 149 Hand-coloring line art
        13m 9s
      60. 150 Creating a custom wave pattern
        9m 56s
      61. 151 Simulating a screen print
        8m 30s
      62. 152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
        9m 42s
      63. 153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
        11m 4s
      64. 154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
        11m 10s
      65. 155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
        7m 4s
      66. 156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
        9m 25s
      67. 157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
        6m 37s
      68. 158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
        11m 16s
      69. 159 Lighting the clone party
        8m 29s
      70. 160 Hand-carving letters into wood
        8m 0s
      71. 161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
        7m 34s
      72. 162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
        4m 55s
      73. 163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
        8m 50s
      74. 164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
        12m 55s
      75. 165 Adding a graph-paper background
        13m 42s
      76. 166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
        13m 2s
      77. 167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
        7m 15s
      78. 168 Creating a money-like design
        8m 43s
      79. 169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
        14m 49s
      80. 170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
        12m 24s
      81. 171 The headless stranger in the mist
        12m 25s
      82. 172 Creating 3D punched letters
        13m 29s
      83. 173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
        11m 2s
      84. 174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
        9m 53s
      85. 175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
        18m 42s
      86. 176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
        7m 29s
      87. 177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
        13m 56s
      88. 178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
        8m 30s
      89. 179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
        11m 5s
      90. 180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
        15m 1s
      91. 181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
        8m 28s
      92. 182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
        9m 12s
      93. 183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
        15m 6s
      94. 184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7
        9m 16s
    7. 13h 11m
      1. 001 Creating ice type
        8m 39s
      2. 002 Branding type on a texture
        7m 6s
      3. 003 Creating an image-branding machine
        7m 13s
      4. 004 Capturing effects with layer comps
        7m 35s
      5. 005 Rendering type in gold
        8m 9s
      6. 006 Creating a hammered metal background
        5m 48s
      7. 007 Creating heavy metal type
        8m 13s
      8. 008 Creating a molten letter effect
        6m 43s
      9. 009 Setting type on fire
        11m 20s
      10. 010 Using an anti-edge mask
        7m 20s
      11. 011 Blending textures onto a face
        9m 28s
      12. 012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
        7m 34s
      13. 013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
        8m 32s
      14. 014 Creating a face in a tree
        11m 20s
      15. 015 Building a synthetic star field
        8m 21s
      16. 016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
        10m 14s
      17. 017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
        9m 35s
      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
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        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 3s
      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
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      89. 089 Creating a stained-glass ornament
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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.

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304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)

Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to a very special adventure in Deke's Techniques. This week, I'll show you how to create your own personal Chinese seal, which is a kind of stamp that you can use to sign your artwork, also known as a chop. Specifically I'll show you how make this chop right here, now, this is my name, believe it or not. And in case you're wondering, how this amounts to my name and you might find this interesting, if you're trying to distill your name into something resembling Latin characters as well.

Well I started with the word Deke, here, with an underscore. And then I've got an M, that's a kind of Wolverine slash. Followed by two cs, one on top of another. An l, an e, two more ls, and an ampersand which is a-n-d. So that gives us McClelland. For the chop, we've got this red background and then I add the M, two cs. The l and e at an angle, we'll see why in a second. 2 l's and an ampersand. So again we've got McClelland and then I draw the word Deke; that is my first name down like so.

In this movie I'm going to show you how to create your own personal chop, well really my chop, but I like you to work on yours, if you're working along with me. Inside of Illustrator using nothing but uniform strokes. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. All right here we are inside of illustrator looking at that uniformly stroked vector base chop. We're going to be creating it from scratch by going up to the file menu and choosing the new command or you can press Ctrl+N or Cmd+N on the Mac.

Change your profile won't you? The basic RGB, and then we're looking for a width value, assuming that you're working in points, of 720 points, and then a height value of 500 points. And it's not necessary that you dial in these exact values. They just happen to work well for me here inside the video. Now I'll click OK in order to create that document. And I'm going to zoom in just a little bit here. Now we want to create the square that houses the seal. And I'll do that using the rectangle tool, which you can get by pressing the m key after the rectangular marquee tool inside Photoshop.

And, I'll just go ahead and click some place here inside the document window to bring up the rectangle dialogue box. Assuming that you're seeing the default width and height values, go ahead and lock em in sync with each other by clicking on the chain. Then I'll change the width value to 400 points and the height value will change to 400 as well. Now we want to center this square onscreen, so go up here to the control panel and click on this align icon and switch it to align to artboard, and then select horizontal align center, the second icon in. And then click on vertical align center as well, which is the fifth icon.

And then I'll go ahead and center that square on screen. By default I get a white fill which is just fine, but I want to add a red fill as well. So I'll go up to the window menu and choose the appearance command to bring up the appearance panel. And then I'll drop down to the add new fill icon down here in the lower left corner of the panel and click on it to create a new fill. It really should be behind the strokes so I'll just go ahead and drag it down behind. And now I'll Shift+Click on this white swatch right there in order to bring up my RGB values.

Now if you're not seeing the RGB values click on the fly out menu icon and choose RGB. And then let's change the red value to a 150. You want the green value to be zero and the blue value be zero as well. So we get this nice, deep vibrant red. Now I don't want this fill to be this large, so make sure it's selected here inside the appearance panel and then go up to the Effect menu. Choose distort and transform and choose the transform command, and I'll dial in scale values, both for horizontal and vertical, of 92%.

You can turn on the preview check box if you want to see what that looks like. It'll just make the fill smaller, then click OK. Alright now we need to add a big thick red stroke by clicking on the word stroke here inside the appearance panel. Let's change the line weight to 12 points. And then Shift+click on its little swatch right there. And that should bring up the RGB values. Once again, if you don't see them, go ahead and choose RGB from the fly out menu. And this time, we'll increase the red value to a 150 and leave both the green and blue values set to 0 like so.

And then finally with the stroke still selected, go up the effect menu and choose the second command, transform... which brings up the transform dialogue box complete with our last settings. But we want to change both the horizontal and vertical scale values to a 106% and then click okay, and that will move that stroke outward. Alright, now I want the chop to have round corners. We're going to achieve these round corners using a dynamic effect, but I want to apply the dynamic effect to the entire layer by switching back to the layers panel.

And notice that we've got this dinky little thumbnail here, that's no good. So, I'll click on the layers panel fly out menu and then I'll choose panel options. And, I'm going to select other and increase this value to let's say 65 pixels. That'll work fine. And press the Enter key. Now we have a larger thumbnail as you can see. And I'm going to go ahead and rename this layer chop and then press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac to accept that change. Now target the entire layer by clicking on this circle over here on the right hand side.

And then, go up to Effect menu, choose Stylize and choose Round Corners. And I'm looking for a radius value of 12 pixels. Turn on the preview check box and you can see that goes ahead and rounds of the square. And it's going to round off every other object that's on this layer. Including one that isn't going to work too well. You'll see and it's coming up here. I'll go ahead and click OK. Now what we want to do is create the m. And I'm going to do that by switching to the wide arrow tool, the so called direct selection tool.

Which you can get by pressing the A key for arrow of course. And then I'll go ahead and marquee this left hand side and I'll press Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F. That's Cmd+C Cmd+F on a Mac, in order to copy that segment and paste it independently as we're seeing right here. Then go ahead and press the D key in order to assign the default colors so that we don't have that double fill effect And change the fill up here in the control panel from white to none. And then change the stroke by shift-clicking on its swatch.

And I'll dial in a red value once again of a 150, the green and blue values should both be set to zero. And now I want to move this line over 40 points. And I'm going to do that by pressing the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac. And because one of these arrow tools is selected here, at the top of the tool box, I get the move dialogue box. I'll change the horizontal value to 40, make sure the vertical value is set to 0, and then go ahead and click OK. I now notice that I forgot to do something here. I forgot to establish actually a white stroke, not a red stroke, made a mistake there.

So I'll go ahead and click on this stroke icon once again and change it to white. Didn't need to laboriously dial in the wrong value, and I'll change the line weight to 12 points, and we end up with something that makes a lot more sense. I also want you to click on the word stroke and both the cap and the corner should be round. Now that I'm actually with the program here I remember that too. We want to go ahead and select this top point and move it down a little bit. So with the white arrow tool still selected, I'm going to Shift+Click on the bottom most anchor point to turn it off.

Go ahead and de-select it and then assuming that you've got you're default keyboard increments which we should all check just to make sure we're all on the same page including me. So, I'll press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac to bring out the preferences dialogue box. Notice the keyboard increment value is set to one, that's what you want so go ahead and click Cancel. If so, or if not, change it to one and then click OK. And now press Shift+down arrow four times in a row; one, two, there, four in order to produce this effect here. And you might want to raise this bottom point as well. Go ahead and select it by clicking on it and pressing Shift+up arrow.

Just to raise it up like that. Now I'm going to press the v key to switch to the black arrow tool and then I'll click on this line to select it. And now I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to bring up the move dialogue box once again. We do not want a vertical value of negative 10, so change that to zero. And then change the horizontal value to 40, once again, and click on the Copy button. In order to create a copy, and now press Ctrl+D or Cmd+D on the Mac to duplicate that last transformation to produce this effect here.

All right, now press the A key to switch back to the white arrow tool. I'll click on this top point right there in the left hand line, and then I'll Shift+Click on the top point in the right hand line. And now we want to join the two together by going up to the object menu, choosing path and choosing join, or of course you could press keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on the mac. And now notice because we applied that round corners effect to the entire layer, the corners of the M are rounded as well. Alright, now we need to create the C. And the C is going to be based on a circle, so go ahead and select the ellipse tool from the rectangle tool fly out menu, and click someplace inside this red field here in order to bring up the ellipse dialogue box.

Link the two values together, change the width value to 140, the height value will change as well. Click okay and I only know that this value works through trial and error. And speaking of error, check this out, I'm going to go up to the object menu. I need to add some anchor points one point per segment. So I'll go up to the object menu, choose path and choose the add anchor points command. And notice that gives us these new points but it also makes the path nice and lumpy. And that's an unfortunate bug I guess that exists right now inside of the software.

And what's happening here is that instead of sticking with the smooth points that were at work in the original circle Illustrators converted the original four points to kus points and it's added kus points as well. And to show you what it looks like I'll press the A key to switch to the wide arrow tool, and I'll click off one of these anchor points. And now I'll click on one in order to select it and notice that the control handles are no longer in alignment with each other. And thanks ro the fact that we applied the round corner effect ironically we're taking these smooth points here.

They're basically still smooth transitions even though they're not locked together, but it's taking those and it's lumping them. So, what do you do? Well, we'll go in and press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that change. In a perfect world, you'd be able to click on this smooth point option, up here in the control panel. But in our case, that doesn't work. It does work if I move the control handle out of alignment with the other one, and then click on this icon, but that's not the effect I'm looking for. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on a Mac, a couple of times to back out.

Here's what we're going to do. This is the work around. Go ahead and drop down to the little page icon at the bottom of the layer's panel and Alt+Click on it. That's an Opt+Click on the Mac. And let's go ahead and call this new layer, not round, and then I'll change its color just because we're working with red already. I'll change the color to gold and I'll click OK. And now, with some portion of this lumpy circle selected, here inside the document, go ahead and drag the little blue square from the top layer up to the not round layer and drop it in the place and notice all the lumps go away.

By the way, I am looking into why this problem exists, but I don't currently know I'm afraid. So that's our work around. Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and switch back to my black aero tool and I'll click on the path outline to select it. I'll also go up to the view menu and choose smart guides, or you can press Ctrl+U or Cmd+U on the Mac to turn them on, is what I'm looking to do here. And now go ahead and drag this anchor point, the left hand anchor point, so it snaps into alignment right there. With the middle of the and it's very important if you want work this way that your bounding box is turned off.

So under the view menu if you have a bounding box you need to choose hide bounding box to get rid of it. And also go ahead and drag this top point upward like so, while pressing Shift key so it snaps into alignment with the top of M. Next what we want to do, press Shift+Down arrow, three times. One, two, three. In order to scoot the circle down, 30 points, and of course it shouldn't be a circle, it should be a C, so press the A key to switch back to the white arrow tool. Click off the shape to deselect it, and click on this right hand point right there, in order to select it, and press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac in order to get rid of that point.

So we now have a c. Now drag this top anchor point. All the anchor points should be selected now, so drop the top one down and press the Shift+Alt keys as you do, Shift+Option on the Mac, and that way as soon as you release, not only will you have snapped everything in alignment, but you will also have created a duplicate of the c. Alright, now we're going to add some more L's. So press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool, click on this middle line, here in the M, in order to select it. And press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac, in order to bring up the move dialog box.

Let's set that vertical value to zero. And then we want to set the horizontal value to a 120, and turn on the preview check box just to make sure that works. So, the line should now appear on the right hand side of the C's and go ahead and click the Copy button to create a Copy of that line like so. All right, now press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac to once again bring up the move dialog box and this time change the value to 80, and click the Copy button. And then finally go ahead and press the Enter key, or Return key on a Mac, in order to once again bring up the Move Dialogue box and change the value to 40.

So do you see what we've been able to do? I'll click on the Copy button here, in order to create yet another copy. Each one of these lines is 40 points away from the other. But, this guy needs to be 120 from the first one, three times 40. And then this next one needs to be twice as much, two times 40, which is why we did 80 and then the final one needs to be right next door, again, at 40. All right. Now, we want the top c to be a little smaller. So, I'll click on it to select it. And then I'll go up to the effect menu and choose to store it and transform.

And then choose to transform command once again. It's easier to work dynamically where some of these operations are concerned because that way you can go back and change your mind very easily. You also know exactly what you've done in the past. All right, I'm going to change the scale, both the scale values, to 66%, like so. Turn on the preview check box. That goes ahead and scales to see with respect to its center, which is not what we want. We want it to be scaled with respect to its right hand side. So, go ahead and select. This right hand, middle point inside this tiny little reference point matrix? That moves things over too far.

So, go ahead and click inside the horizontal move value, and press the down arrow key a couple of times in order to scoot that C over to the left two points. So, you should have a horizontal value of negative two points. Then click OK in order to accept that change. Alright, now we need to make the E, and we're going to do that, once again, using the ellipse tool. So go ahead and select it, click some place inside the red field here. These values are the same. You should see those values of 140 point each, that's what we want, so click OK. And now I'm going to move this guy up using my black arrow tool, just a little bit here.

And we want once again to add some anchor points. So go up to the object menu, choose path, and then choose add anchor points. And you should see a nice, smooth circle still, and that's because we're working on the not round player of this side. If we were working on a chop layer, it would be all lumpy again. Now I'm going to press the A key, in order to get my white arrow tool, click off the path to deselect it, and click on this segment right here, lower right segment. Now, not on the anchor point, just on the segment, to select this one right there, and then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac, to get rid of it.

Now we want the pen tool. And you want to click on this anchor point on the far right hand side in order to light it up, and then Shift+Click over on this anchor point on the left hand side in order to draw a horizontal segment. So we now have an e. Now, switch back to the black arrow tool, click on the shape in order to select it. And we need this guy to be centered, by the way, between these two vertical lines right here. So what I'm going to do is drag it by its center points so it snaps into alignment with the top of this l, and then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac to bring up the move dialogue box.

You want the horizontal value to be negative 40 so we're moving the shape to the left. And, you want the vertical value to be zero. And, assuming you have the Preview check box on, you'll be able to see it's new position. Then, change the vertical value to a 130 points. And, that'll move the e downward, as well, to, the location that I came up with in advance. And then go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. Now, we don't want the e to be this big, and we also want it to be a little rotated. So it's kind of splitting the difference between a vertical read for what will be my first name, Deke, and a horizontal read for the last name, McClelland.

So go up to the affects menu, and choose transform, dot, dot, dot. And that will bring up the transform effect dialogue box, complete with our last applied settings, this time. Again I just figured this out through trial and error, I'll change the horizontal value to 57%. I'll change the vertical value to 57% as well. And I'll change the move value to zero. Then select the center point from the reference point matrix down here near the bottom left corner of the dialogue box and turn on the preview check box, and we get an E that fits in between the two Ls.

Now I wanted it to be a little bit rotated once again, so I'll change the rotate value to negative 30 and we end up with this effect here. Now click OK in order to accept that change. Now to draw the k, go ahead and get the line tool which you can get from this fly out menu right here. And then just go ahead and drag with your smart guides on from this l, the first l, over to the second l and press the Shift key as you do, so that you create a horizontal line. And now we want to move that line into the right location, by pressing the V key to get the black arrow tool.

I'm going to go ahead and drag from roughly the center of the line up, until it snaps into alignment with the bottom of the e. And I've got the Shift key down as well, just to make sure that I'm constraining the direction of my drag. And then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac, to bring up the Move dialog box. I want to leave the horizontal values set to zero, but I want to change the vertical value to 22 points. And then I'll click OK in order to move that K. Now we need to create the K part of the K. So go ahead and copy that line by pressing Ctrl+C, or Cmd+C on a Mac.

And paste it in front by pressing Ctrl+F, or Cmd+F on a Mac. Go up to the object menu, choose path, and choose add anchor points yet again, in order to add an anchor point right there at the center. Then press the A key to switch to the wide arrow tool, and Shift+Click on that anchor or point to turn it off. That's center anchor point, so that both the right-hand and left-hand anchor points are still active, and then press Shift+Down arrow six times. One, two, three, four, five, six, in order to create that effect right there. Alright, now press the V key to switch back to the black arrow tool.

And try to locate that big E right there, and click on it to select it. We want to create a copy of it, so just go ahead and drag it downwards. And then press the Shift and Alt keys, or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac, in order to drag it down and create a copy of it like so. And at this point it's a little inconvenient for this e to be rendered as a dynamic effect because, after all, we already know the settings from the other e. We don't need two dynamic effects going on. So, to change it to a static path outline, go to the Object Menu and choose Expand Appearance, and now it is what it looks like it is.

I'm going to drag this guy up while pressing the Shift key, so it snaps into alignment with the K, the top bar of the K since it's on it's side. And then we will press the Enter key, or the Return key on the Mac in order to bring up the move dialog box and I'll change the vertical value to 50 in order to space the e away from the k like so. Click OK in order to accept that change. Now we're going to create the D and I'm going to start the D as a circle. So, I'll go ahead and select the ellipse tool from the toolbox. I'll click right there at that top anchor point in the first L in order to bring up the ellipse dialogue box and I'll just change both of these values to 80 points.

And since the link is on changing one, changes the other automatically, and I'll click OK. And I've got myself a circle. Now I'll switch back to the white arrow tool. Click up the shape to deselect it. Click on this top anchor point to select it. Press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the mac to get rid of it. And then press Ctrl+J, or Cmd+J on a Mac to join those two lines with a straight segment. Press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool. Go ahead and drag this anchor point there up until it snaps into alignment with the top of the l and then press Shift+Down arrow in order to scoot the d down ten points.

That D is too narrow or if you like not long enough since it's on its side. So let's make it bigger, once again using a dynamic effect. I don't want to start from the last settings I applied, so I'll just drop down to distort and transform and I'll choose the Transform command. And I will change the vertical value to 140 points. Leave the horizontal value set to a 100. Turn on the Preview check box. It's going up and down which is not what we want, so select the top point in this tiny reference point matrix in order to produce this effect here and click OK.

Alright, now for the ampersand. Go ahead and select the big E right there by clicking on it with the black arrow tool. And we want to create a copy of this guy, so just go ahead and Shift+Alt drag or Shift+Option drag it over to the right like so. And I want to get rid of one of its dynamic effects, specifically, I don't want it to be rotated. So I'll switch over to the Appearance panel, which lives next door to my Layers panel, but if you can't find yours, then choose Appearance from the Window menu. Click on the word Transform right there.

And reduce the angle value to zero. And then click OK. And you end up with an upright e. Let's go ahead and render that out by going up to the object menu and choosing expand appearance, so that we have a real path outlined. This is where things get a little tricky as I recall. I'm going to press the A key to switch to the white arrow tool. I'll click on this point right there and you'd think that would be the last point where you created which was the bar, but it's not, it's the opposite. So press Ctrl+Y or Cmd+Y on the Mac to switch to the outline mode and marquee these two points right there to select both of them.

And then Shift+Click in order to turn the top one off. And press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of the bar. Now we also need to get rid of more points. So click off to deselect the path, Click here and Shift+Click here. So we're selecting both of the end points and then press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of them. Now press Ctrl+Y, Cmd+Y on the Mac to switch back to the preview mode. And go ahead and drag this left hand anchor point while pressing the Shift key, over to the left slightly in my case, so that it snaps in to alignment with a third L.

And we end up with this effect here. Now we want to flip a copy of this path outline. So go ahead and click and hold on the rotate tool, and select the reflect tool from the fly out menu, and Alt+Click or Opt+Click on the bottom most anchor point to bring up the reflect dialogue box. Set the axis to horizontal, like so, and if you've got the preview check box on you'll be able to see what you're doing. Then click on the Copy button, in order to create a copy of that path, and now, press the A key in order to switch to the wide arrow tool.

Press Ctrl+Y or Cmd+Y on the Mac to switch back to the outline mode. That way you can easily marquee these two anchor points right there. Just select them, and press Ctrl+J or Cmd+J on the Mac to fuse them together. Then press Ctrl+Y or Cmd+Y on a Mac to switch back to the preview mode. The only thing left is to add the stems at the top and the bottom of the ampersand, and we're going to do that using the line tool, so just go ahead and select that line segment tool from the tool box. And then click someplace in the red field here, just so we can see what we're doing. Change the length to 40 points and you want the angle value to be 90 degrees so that you end up with a vertical line and then click OK and we end up with this line right there.

Now press the V key to switch to the black arrow tool and drag its bottom point, so it snaps into alignment with the top of the ampersand. And we can confirm that's the case, just by clicking on it; sure enough everything is where it needs to be. And now go ahead and drag the top anchor point in this line downward, while pressing the Shift and Alt keys, or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac, and drop that one into place. And we end up with a copy of that vertical line at the bottom of the art work. And that friends is well, the longest movie I've ever recorded for Lynda.com and also one way at least, to create an Eastern style, vector based chop, entirely from scratch here, Inside Illustrator.

All right. So, I figure that's enough for this week. After all, how much more can I give you? Or more importantly, how much more can you take? Next week, I'll have three much shorter videos devoted to the following topics. First, we'll add these naturalistic brush strokes inside of Illustrator and then we'll create this kind of organic paper texture inside of Photoshop and then finally we'll create this black on red variation.

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