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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting an eye with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Paint an eye using a custom brush

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Howdy, Deke geeks! Are you staying warm? Because it’s minus 2 degrees in Boulder, Colorado, home base of Deke’s Techniques. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Deke from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. This week, he’ll show you how to use a custom Adobe Photoshop brush to paint an eye from scratch. This technique teaches you so much. Learn how to align two layers while keeping one layer stationary. Adjust roundness and angle of a brush. Paint with dynamic layer effects, lock the transparency of a layer, and select, scale, and rotate a custom brush—all in order to produce the final “eye-catching” effect: a beautiful flecked iris.

Start here with today’s free video, and visit the library for two more movies that show you how to transform your eye into a “fish eye” painting. Call it “Joan Miró Meets the Eye of Horus.” Along the way, he’ll show how to simulate pressure without a pressure-sensitive stylus. Don’t wait. Start watching. Stay warm. We’ll be back next week with a new free video that shows how to combine multiple exposures inside of Camera Raw and Photoshop CC and take your photos from flat to fab.

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