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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Create Secret Message Text with Photoshop

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Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.

And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

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New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Campaign Poster: Format and Copyfit Type in Illustrator

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Today is Election Day across the United States. In celebration of this great democratic process, this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques features a campaign poster for an issue we can all get behind: the elimination of man-eating spiders.

But it’s not all fun and political games. This technique will show you how to format and copyfit large display type in Illustrator, making sure that your campaign promise fills the allotted space and that your message rings loud and clear.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting Away 'Clarity Halos' in Camera Raw

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“Clarity halos” are what Deke calls it when the Clarity value in Camera Raw or Lightroom is increased beyond its normal threshold—resulting in unnaturally bright halos around edges or areas of rapid luminance transition in your photography.

Deke may have coined the name for this phenomenon, butas he points out, it’s a fairly common and recognizable problem—one he’ll show you how to solve in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Develop Dramatic Sunset Photos with Adobe Camera Raw

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Don’t let the sun set on another dull photograph. Deke shows you how to pump up the drama of your sunrise and sunset photos with the power of Adobe Camera Raw.

Don’t have Camera Raw? The instructions in this free episode of Deke’s Techniques also work with Lightroom.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save Your Child's Artwork — Without Cluttering the Fridge

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Every picture your child makes is a work of art. (Of course!)

But storing these precious drawings and paintings can be a pain. The colors fade, the paper disintegrates, and storage space in not infinite—no matter how talented your little artist is.

Happily, you don’t have to toss those paintings. With the help of Adobe Photoshop, you can move artwork off the fridge and onto the web.

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