By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015
Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.
To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.
Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.
This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Minecraft has captured the hearts of millions of gamers, despite—or maybe because of—its simplistic and easily recognizable 8-bit style graphics.
In the game, players explore the Minecraft universe, gathering resources, crafting tools and weapons, and, of course, battling monsters.
One thing they can’t do, however, is wield the two-bladed ax shown in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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
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
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
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.
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