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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Convert Corner Points to Smooth Points in Illustrator

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Want to achieve more organic-looking results in your drawings? Learn how to convert corner points to smooth points in Illustrator and get the super smooth results you’ve been looking for.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Assigning Multiple Strokes to Gradient Type in Illustrator

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Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:

How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?

The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create a Flowering Origami Effect in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

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Get the look of origami—without the paper cuts.

Learn how to turn the flowering vector artwork Deke showed you how to make in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques and use Adobe Illustrator’s dynamic effects to give it an origami effect that looks hand-folded.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Flowering Vectors in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

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Numbers abound in nature, from the golden ratio to Fibonacci sequences, which is why mathematically precise patterns are so pleasing to the human eye.

Want to create your own? In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to create “flowering” vectors in Illustrator using some simple shapes and scaling.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Campaign Poster: Format and Copyfit Type in Illustrator

Format and copyfit type in Illustrator for a campaign poster

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 Justin Seeley | Monday, October 06, 2014

MAX 2014, Day One: Big Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

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The Adobe MAX 2014 conference is in full swing this week in Los Angeles, and in Monday morning’s keynote Adobe unveiled a whole new suite of mobile apps alongside updates to existing Creative Cloud desktop apps.

Let’s examine some of the bigger new features, and show you how they’ll impact your digital workflow.

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.

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