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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Trace a line drawing with uniform strokes: Deke's Techniques

Kids can be the most innovative artists of all, but their greatest work is lost to history when it ends up tattered on the fridge or at the bottom of a school cubby. You can save their drawings by digitizing them with Adobe Illustrator—the tool professional artists rely on to refine, colorize, and prep their artwork for digital distribution and print publications. The process starts by converting your sketch into a vector-based line drawing. Deke’s Techniques is back this week to show you how.

Deke takes a whimsical sketch that he and his son collaborated on and turns it into a piece of colorful, high-gloss artwork. He traces it with open path outlines—an innovative approach that creates vector-based artwork with uniform strokes. And like all of Deke’s techniques, this tutorial walks you through the process step-by-step so you can replicate the results on your own.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Creating metal type in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Creating metal type in Photoshop

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They say you can’t improve on the classics but this week Deke dives into his archives and revisits a tutorial from the very early days of Deke’s Techniques, “Creating heavy metal type.” This is a technique his fans have asked him again and again to update, since the technique has changed so much since Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC were released. Watch the new video and learn how to build a custom pattern for “stamping out” your type and use layer styles to really make it pop out from a metallic background.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Create drippy, gooey ghost letters: Deke's Techniques

Create ghost letters

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Halloween is around the corner, but it’s not too late to create decorations and invites with the drippy, ghoulish type Deke shows you how to make in today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn to take any boring old text and turn it into bloodcurdling ghost letters with Adobe Illustrator’s path editing tools, the Roughen effect, layer styles, and a healthy dose of the Liquify filter. Watch the free video below to find out more.

By James Fritz | Monday, October 28, 2013

Six Photoshop techniques for Halloween

Over the last few years Deke McClelland has been busily creating hundreds of tutorials on a wide variety of topics. We scoured the archives and put together a monstrous batch of Halloween-focused tutorials from his weekly series, Deke’s Techniques.

1. Simulating a glowing Jack-o’-lantern Learn how to create a Jack-o’-lantern in Photoshop and add a convincing glow in this useful tutorial.

Simulate a glowing jack-'o-lantern

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Painting images in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Hand-paint an image in Photoshop

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This week’s technique is all about hand-painting a majestic image of a lion with Adobe Photoshop. Although Deke will use a high-end Wacom Cintiq tablet/monitor device to perform his wizardry, have no fear—you don’t need a tablet to follow along.

You’ll learn how to resample an image to make sure you’re working with the highest-resolution file possible, use the Brush tool to draw an outline of the image, paint in highlights, add colorful detail, and make an entirely new work of art from an existing photograph. Watch the free video below to learn about painting images in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Color correcting and adding a soundtrack to GoPro video: Deke's Techniques

Correcting and adding a soundtrack to GoPro videos

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The quadcopter crashes continue in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Join Deke as he shows you how to navigate the Timeline panel, and improve the contrast, vibrancy, and color balance of your footage with adjustment layers. (They’re not just for static imagery!) Then learn how to import an audio track, manipulate its position on the timeline, and adjust the volume of your clip. Along the way, Deke shares some invaluable time-saving shortcuts. Watch the video below to get started.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Edit a GoPro video in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Editing GoPro videos in Photoshop

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This is week two of the Deke’s Techniques aerial imagery challenge. Today, Deke going to show you how to add transitions to the footage we saw compiled in the last episode, with the video editing tools in Photoshop. The video starts with a dramatic liftoff and ends with a crash, but since it was shot with a GoPro camera and remote control quadcopter, no one gets hurt.

Learn how to open the video in the Timeline panel, move clips around the timeline, split clips in multiple places, and add strategic crossfades. Plus, Deke gives you a ton of shortcuts for navigating around the timeline.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Improve UAV photos by merging frames: Deke's Techniques


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Aerial photography is an impressive way to capture a landscape, but you don’t need to hire a plane to get great photos. Deke is back this week in another episode of Deke’s Techniques that shows you how to get the equipment you need to capture great aerial photography and video (all for around $1,000), and then shows you how to merge the resulting frames together to create interesting effects in Photoshop. Learn how to set up a GoPro camera and an UAV (aka an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone), isolate an image from the resulting video in Photoshop, and use masking, Camera Raw filters, sharpening, and layer effects to make your scene really pop.

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