By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Today, foodies are the food. The people who declare the cupcake out and the cronut passé have dared to critique the most cherished of tasty treats: the doughnut.
So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to transform two flat foodie characters into 3D glazed doughnuts with Adobe Illustrator.
Don’t worry; it’s nondestructive. In fact, this technique relies on a dynamic effect called 3D Revolve that never puts the characters in real harm’s way.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
When you composite 3D models into regular 2D photography, the results can look a little … improbable.
But with some careful shading and masking in Photoshop, Deke shows how you can make 3D models—like this shark created by fellow lynda.com author Ryan Kittleson—look right at home in their new environments.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Ever wonder just what Photoshop CC has to offer you? The Focus Area command is one of Deke’s favorite new Creative Cloud features—and in this episode of Deke’s Techniques he’ll show you how to use Focus Area to extract a subject from the background of a photograph.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 05, 2014
How do you turn a clenched first into a symbol of solidarity, and teamwork? With today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques!
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Hands: a symbol of protection, collaboration, solidarity, and friendship. Whether they’re splayed, extended, or clenched—like they are here—hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw.
But by taking a rough sketch into Illustrator and tracing its outlines, you can create elegant vector artwork to use for logos or a motivational poster like the one shown in today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.
By Deke McClelland | Friday, July 25, 2014
Classic comic book superheroes are notorious for their awesome powers of transformation. So in honor of Comic-Con 2014, and armed with my not-so-secret weapons Photoshop and Illustrator—I set out to transform this ordinary dumbbell dude on the left into the fabulously fabricated superhero on the right.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment—you only get one chance to get the shot. And in the heat of the moment, a lot of us fall prey to the “photographer’s sin,” as Deke calls it: cropping out an arm, a leg, or some other vital body part.
Take the image featured in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, starring Deke’s sons Sam and Max. They’re posed on the top of the Ixmoja pyramid among the ruins of Coba, an ancient Maya city. It’s a great photograph in every way except two: The horizon is crooked and poor Sam’s foot is cut off.
Luckily, Deke has a way to salvage this photo: using the Crop and Content-Aware Fill tools to both straighten and “uncrop” the photograph.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Selective color adjustment is almost as old as photography. It was just 20 years after photography was officially “born” in 1839, that photographers started hand-painting images. Today selective colorization is easy for anyone to achieve with digital tools like Photoshop. Instead of recoloring areas of a monochrome image, you desaturate a color image, masking the portions you wish to remain in color. Deke shows you how in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.
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