By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:
How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?
The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
This week Deke’s Techniques gets personal as Deke assembles images from an MRI scan of his own knee into a volumetric object or 3D volume in Photoshop CC!
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.
Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, Deke takes the silky smooth photograph of the island he distilled from grainy GoPro footage in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, and fine-tunes it in Photoshop CC.
The result? A romantic landscape that will carry you away… even in the dead of winter.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Need to salvage grainy video from your GoPro camera or smartphone? In this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to smooth away the visual noise from low-light or low-quality movies and walk away with a single stunning image, using Photoshop stack modes.
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.
In this week’s free video, 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.
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