By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
When you create vibrant, continuous color artwork (like the flowering origami pattern shown in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques), you inevitably encounter problems when it comes to printing.
In particular, you might see banding in areas where colors transition and a general darkening effect. But it’s not a calibration problem; it’s a gamut problem.
The colors you see on your monitor aren’t always printable—even on sophisticated printers. When it comes down to it, you’re better off modifying the artwork than trying to tinker around with inks.
This week—free for one week only—Deke shows how to correct brightness for print by taking your vector artwork into Photoshop, where you can better isolate and control the corrections.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Get the look of origami—without the paper cuts.
Learn how to turn the flowering vector artwork Deke showed you how to make in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques and use Adobe Illustrator’s dynamic effects to give it an origami effect that looks hand-folded.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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