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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Flowering Vectors in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

learn to draw vectors in illustrator

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, January 06, 2015

Clearing the List of Recently Used Fonts in InDesign

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No, you have not stumbled into an episode of InDesign Secrets. This is Deke’s Techniques, and this week, Deke is tackling one of the quirks of this venerable design program in honor of his new course, Introducing InDesign.

He’s looking at the Recently Used Fonts list, introduced to the Font menu in CS6.

By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015

Two Ways to Create Center Guides in Photoshop

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Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.

To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

from raw snapshot to holiday portrait

Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Turn Your Minecraft Art into 3D—with Photoshop

Make your Minecraft art 3D using Photoshop

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.

This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Create Your Own Minecraft Art

Minecraft art: a two-bladed ax

Minecraft has captured the hearts of millions of gamers, despite—or maybe because of—its simplistic and easily recognizable 8-bit style graphics.

In the game, players explore the Minecraft universe, gathering resources, crafting tools and weapons, and, of course, battling monsters.

One thing they can’t do, however, is wield the two-bladed ax shown in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Create Secret Message Text with Photoshop

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Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.

And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

CC's new Photoshop flame generator

New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

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