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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Transformation: Turn a Photo Subject into an Elf

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Halloween is almost here. Don’t have a costume? Outfit yourself in post—with this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke shows how to turn a normal teenage boy into a dark elf—an effect you can re-create with any of your own photographs. The trick (or treat) of this technique lies in Photoshop’s Liquify feature, which can be applied as a nondestructive Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Painting Away 'Clarity Halos' in Camera Raw

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“Clarity halos” are what Deke calls it when the Clarity value in Camera Raw or Lightroom is increased beyond its normal threshold—resulting in unnaturally bright halos around edges or areas of rapid luminance transition in your photography.

Deke may have coined the name for this phenomenon, butas he points out, it’s a fairly common and recognizable problem—one he’ll show you how to solve in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Develop Dramatic Sunset Photos with Adobe Camera Raw

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Don’t let the sun set on another dull photograph. Deke shows you how to pump up the drama of your sunrise and sunset photos with the power of Adobe Camera Raw.

Don’t have Camera Raw? The instructions in this free episode of Deke’s Techniques also work with Lightroom.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save Your Child's Artwork — Without Cluttering the Fridge

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Every picture your child makes is a work of art. (Of course!)

But storing these precious drawings and paintings can be a pain. The colors fade, the paper disintegrates, and storage space in not infinite—no matter how talented your little artist is.

Happily, you don’t have to toss those paintings. With the help of Adobe Photoshop, you can move artwork off the fridge and onto the web.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Create Your Own Print of a Classic Painting — with No Guilt

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Get prints of classic paintings for your home—without resorting to thievery or forgery—in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke explains the law behind reproductions of works that have fallen out of copyright, like the 1435 painting featured in this video, Saint George Killing the Dragon. The painting itself belongs to the Chicago Institute of Art, where Deke snapped a picture of it, but the image—well, as Deke says, the image “belongs to everybody!” So your conscience can rest easy following along with the instructions in this video.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixing a Low-Color Photo with the Camera Raw Filter

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Learn how to revive a photo that has an inspired composition but lackluster color in this episode of Deke’s Techniques.

In this video, Deke uses a photo of his beautiful companion seated under a jaw-dropping red-rock arch.

The only problem? The color is a little dull.

However, using two passes of the Camera Raw filter, Deke is able to convert the image to black and white and then reinstate the color selectively, resulting in a cool, steely looking photograph, worthy of printing at a poster size.

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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