By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Last week, Deke took a design from his Creating and Adapting a Logo course and showed us how to optimize the colors for print using three Pantone-based spot colors, which he separated into three different channels in Photoshop.
This week he’ll show you how to hand off your design to a professional printer.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 21, 2015
In his new course, Creating and Adapting a Logo, Deke shows how to reconfigure a logo for many different types of projects—from web-based banner ads to printed business cards.
However, when you transition a logo from a digital format to print, you can’t only adjust the design. You also need to optimize the colors for print. RGB and CMYK colors simply won’t survive the transition to real-world inks.
So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, he’ll show how to take a logo with text and photographic details and render it with spot colors in Photoshop.
By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Deke McClelland has been diving and shooting underwater photography for over 20 years. This year, he brought a GoPro HERO Black to Honduras, where he shot most of the images featured in his course, Enhancing Underwater Photographs in Photoshop.
This little camera doesn’t auto-adjust images on the go. But this is good news for videographers and photographers.
Without in-camera corrections, you have all the data you need to properly adjust the image in Camera Raw and Photoshop. And Deke shows you how in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.
In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.
The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Last week in Deke’s Techniques, you learned how to create a displacement map that, when applied to an image, makes the model appear as if she were standing behind a sheet of ribbed glass.
This effect is similar to the one used on the iconic cover art for Madonna’s MDNA album—but chances are your image still doesn’t look as vibrant as Madonna’s.
So this week, Deke shows how to infuse the portrait with brilliant “nightclub” colors using Camera Raw and a gradient fill layer.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.
This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.
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.
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