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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixing a Low-Color Photo with the Camera Raw Filter

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Learn how to revive a photo that has an inspired composition but lackluster color in this episode of Deke’s Techniques.

In this video, Deke uses a photo of his beautiful companion seated under a jaw-dropping red-rock arch.

The only problem? The color is a little dull.

However, using two passes of the Camera Raw filter, Deke is able to convert the image to black and white and then reinstate the color selectively, resulting in a cool, steely looking photograph, worthy of printing at a poster size.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Drawing Custom Letters in Illustrator

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Get fired up! It’s time to create your own hand-drawn, custom-made letters in Illustrator.

Deke McClelland, the mind and the master behind Deke’s Techniques, shows how to take a comic book caption (“Fire up!”) that he sketched in pen, bring it into Illustrator, and trace the letters—keeping them nice and consistent along the way.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One Ring to Rule Them All—with Illustrator's 3D Revolve

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Learn how to create a golden ring inspired by Lord of the Rings with Illustrator’s amazing 3D Revolve command. You’ll get the first part of the technique in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, in which Deke shows how to extract the ring from a simple wedge. Then in the follow-up movie in the lynda.com library, he’ll show how to engrave it with an “Elven” script.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creating a 3D Doughnut in Illustrator

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Today, foodies are the food. The people who declare the cupcake out and the cronut passé have dared to critique the most cherished of tasty treats: the doughnut.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to transform two flat foodie characters into 3D glazed doughnuts with Adobe Illustrator.

Don’t worry; it’s nondestructive. In fact, this technique relies on a dynamic effect called 3D Revolve that never puts the characters in real harm’s way.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Integrating 3D Art into a 2D Scene in Photoshop

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When you composite 3D models into regular 2D photography, the results can look a little … improbable.

But with some careful shading and masking in Photoshop, Deke shows how you can make 3D models—like this shark created by fellow lynda.com author Ryan Kittleson—look right at home in their new environments.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photoshop CC: Focus Area

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Ever wonder just what Photoshop CC has to offer you? The Focus Area command is one of Deke’s favorite new Creative Cloud features—and in this episode of Deke’s Techniques he’ll show you how to use Focus Area to extract a subject from the background of a photograph.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Create a Symbol of Solidarity with Illustrator

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How do you turn a clenched first into a symbol of solidarity, and teamwork? With today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Draw a Hand in a Clenched Fist

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Hands: a symbol of protection, collaboration, solidarity, and friendship. Whether they’re splayed, extended, or clenched—like they are here—hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw.

But by taking a rough sketch into Illustrator and tracing its outlines, you can create elegant vector artwork to use for logos or a motivational poster like the one shown in today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

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