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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Deke's Techniques special edition: Show us what you've learned

Deke’s Techniques has been a ‘living’ course of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials that has grown over the past year and a half. This week’s Deke’s Techniques not only celebrates the entire collection of well over 100 techniques Deke has created so far, but also challenges you to show us what you’ve learned from them in a home-recorded training video of your own.

Riffing off things he’s shown you in Deke’s Techniques episodes 9557782, and 94, this week’s tutorial shows you how to take past techniques and creatively work them together to transform an ordinary car in a mundane environment, into a ravishing hot rod, complete with posh background and glamorous flame stripes.

To do this, you must think creatively about how Deke’s past masking, composition, and other special effects techniques may be applied to a project other than those demonstrated in the weekly videos, and also about how those new-found nuggets of information could work with one another.

Car with paint, flames, and new background applied in Photoshop.

As an added bonus, there are also five free tweaked techniques available on lynda.com this week that show you how Deke took the original techniques and adapted them for this mega car transformation project:

–Masking and blackening a car (based on episode 055) –Drawing a multi-part vector mask (based on episode 082) –Masking and painting a shadow (based on episode 094) –Integrating blades of grass into tires (a bonus bonus video!) –Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky (based on episode 077) –Adding flame stripes to a car (based on episode 009)

To help you with the challenge portion of this week’s Deke’s Techniques, we’ve also put together an area on lynda.com that includes the special techniques listed above, as well as a series of bonus videos on how to record a training video of your own. You’ll need this information because Deke is challenging you this week to do what he has done—combine multiple techniques into one fabulous training video.

Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge is a three-category contest—Photoshop, Illustrator, and “Anything Goes”—so you can use your weapon of choice. In each contest category, you’ll take what you’ve learned, or gleaned, or surmised from three separate Deke’s Techniques tutorials, combine them into one project, and make a training video of your own to explain it.

The complete rulesillustrious judges, and fabulous prizes are all explained at deke.com. (Hint, there may be a lynda.com subscription and Adobe CS6 package amongst said fabulous prizes.)

Watch this week’s video to see Deke’s approach, then get to work creating one of your own.

Deke will be back next week with another free technique (which may just be the thing you were looking for to complete your challenge video)!

More Information! The entire Deke’s Techniques collectionDeke’s Techniques: The Challenge support page at lynda.comContest entry rules and info at Deke.com.

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