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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 18, 2014

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

Water Droplet 44

In this week’s installment of Pixel Playground, Bert shows us his process for creating water drops on a surface in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Assign Brush Strokes to Paths in Illustrator

Assign brush strokes to paths

Uniform strokes can be uniformly dull. But you can transform your vector artwork and give it more of a hand-drawn appearance with Illustrator’s brushes. This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques takes the Chinese chop you created in the last video and roughs it up a little by assigning brush strokes to paths in Illustrator. Deke shows how to simulate calligraphic lettering and turn your chop into a more authentic-looking stamp, by first transforming the chop into a Smart Object to preserve the original artwork. Click the free video below to get started.

Members of the lynda.com library can watch the two follow-up videos to learn how to to add a paper texture and create a black-on-red variation of their chops. Come back next week to learn how to hide panels that appear by default in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Painting happy little trees: Deke's Techniques

Painting happy little trees

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As Deke notes, one of the most obscure features in Adobe Photoshop CC, the 14.2 update specifically, is its ability to automatically generate trees. But it’s actually quite cool. You can make trees of all shapes, sizes, colors, and species. In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows how to fill a basic background with “happy little trees” with the new Tree pattern.

Along the way, he’ll share a shortcut to this fabulous feature (accessible through the Fill dialog) and show how to adjust all the controls inside the Tree dialog box. He dials in a custom foliage color, rearranges the limbs, randomizes a tree’s appearance, and scales the trees individually within the artwork.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting an eye with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Paint an eye using a custom brush

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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.

By James Fritz | Friday, October 04, 2013

Animate a 3D star field in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create an animated starfield in Photoshop

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This week, Bert’s lesson is out of this world! In this interstellar episode of Pixel Playground, we’ll create an animated star field in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 27, 2013

Create a fluffy cloud effect: Pixel Playground

Creating a fluffy cloud effect

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to create fluffy clouds using the brush tools in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, August 23, 2013

Create a belly for a dragon tattoo: Pixel Playground

Create the belly of a dragon in Photoshop

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to add a belly to your dragon tattoo in Adobe Photoshop.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been adding more details to our dragon tattoo and this week we’ll complete the dragon by adding the belly. To create the belly, begin by using the Pen tool to draw the various shapes of the belly. Next, duplicate the bottom portion of the path to help form the shape of the creases along the bottom of the belly. After adding fills for the belly shapes, create a layer and paint in the tones of the belly. Finally, make a new brush out of two rectangles and brush in the top of the belly, then finish the design by adding Inner Glow and Drop Shadow effects.

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By James Fritz | Friday, July 05, 2013

Use a custom Photoshop brush to create realistic effects: Pixel Playground

Create realistic effects with custom Photoshop brushes

One of the best ways to push your boundaries using Adobe Photoshop is to take the time to explore what all the sliders, buttons, and menus can do. This week Bert takes us through the various steps toward creating realistic pepper from scratch. He starts out by drawing a few simple shapes and, after playing with a few settings, he is able to create an interesting pattern and build a brush with it. Once Bert paints a few layers with this brush and builds up the colors, you’ll start to see how you can create practically anything with the Photoshop brushes.

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• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

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