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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques and the second step to building your own avatar. Last week you learned how to use Adobe Photoshop’s Pen tool to trace your photograph. This week Deke shows you how to copy your path outlines, paste them into Illustrator, and enhance your drawing there. You’ll learn how to add hand-drawn embellishments (like flowing locks and wide eyes) and align your tracing with your hand-drawn paths. The result: A striking black-and-white avatar that will delight your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Tracing a social avatar in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Tracing a social avatar with the Photoshop Pen tool.

Explore Deke’s Techniques at lynda.com.

Embark on the first part of a three-week journey that will lead to your own unique social avatar—a perfect profile pic to represent yourself in the online world. Simply provide your own photograph and follow along with Deke. This episode of Deke’s Techniques shows how to use the Pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to carefully trace your features and edit the anchor points along the way. In the end you’ll have a series of path outlines, which, handily, can later be imported into Illustrator for further refinement.

Watch the free video below to get started and come back next week to learn how to start fleshing out your social avatar in Illustrator.

By David Niles White | Sunday, March 07, 2010

Get ready for Oscar® night: Watch nominees speak at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Before you commit to your Oscar® pool choices, get some insider information straight from the source. There’s still time to watch Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Industry Panels at lynda.com, and hear tips, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes stories from some of the nominees themselves.

I was able to attend two of the four panels with our crew, and I’ve since watched the other two. They’re amazing. It’s rare to have an opportunity to be in the room with many of the major players in the competition for the Academy Awards®. Directors, screenwriters, and producers from all of my favorite contenders were there to share anecdotes, insight into their craft, and answer questions. Be sure to watch the entire 4+ hours of panels—all are free to watch for everyone, both lynda.com members and non-members.

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