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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Create Vibrant Colors with Camera Raw — and Deke's Techniques

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Last week in Deke’s Techniques, you learned how to create a displacement map that, when applied to an image, makes the model appear as if she were standing behind a sheet of ribbed glass.

This effect is similar to the one used on the iconic cover art for Madonna’s MDNA album—but chances are your image still doesn’t look as vibrant as Madonna’s.

So this week, Deke shows how to infuse the portrait with brilliant “nightclub” colors using Camera Raw and a gradient fill layer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fragment a Photo Through Ribbed Glass — Madonna-Style

fragment a photo in photoshop

This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.

This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Assigning Multiple Strokes to Gradient Type in Illustrator

Add multiple strokes to type in illustrator

Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:

How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?

The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turn an MRI Scan into a 3D Volume in Photoshop

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This week Deke’s Techniques gets personal as Deke assembles images from an MRI scan of his own knee into a volumetric object or 3D volume in Photoshop CC!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Create the Look of Chiseled Letters in Photoshop

Create a chiseled letters effect in Photoshop

Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.

Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deke's Techniques: A Romantic Island for Valentine's Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, Deke takes the silky smooth photograph of the island he distilled from grainy GoPro footage in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, and fine-tunes it in Photoshop CC.

The result? A romantic landscape that will carry you away… even in the dead of winter.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Smoothing Grainy Images with Photoshop Stack Modes

Smooth a grainy image like this one with Photoshop stack modes

Need to salvage grainy video from your GoPro camera or smartphone? In this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to smooth away the visual noise from low-light or low-quality movies and walk away with a single stunning image, using Photoshop stack modes.

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