By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Last week, you created a Möbius strip in Adobe Illustrator. This week, Deke expands on this technique—expanding it into three dimensions, to be precise. Here in this movie he’ll show you how to draw a Penrose triangle — an impossible object — where each corner seems to simultaneously recede and advance toward the viewer. It’s impossible because it can’t actually be built as one solid object. But it can be drawn that way!
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Möbius strips: the stuff of wonder. A favorite of Escher and other pop artists. The shape that launched a thousand armchair philosophers.
It’s a flat loop with two sides—but only one continuous surface. The best example is a long strip of paper, like a streamer, that is twisted once and then looped. If you were small enough (or the strip large enough) to walk along the surface, you would traverse both sides of the paper without ever crossing the edge.
This week Deke shows you how to create an even more complex variation of a Möbius strip, which wraps around on itself a total of six times.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Last week Deke showed you how to turn a portrait into a crazy carnival-style caricature with Photoshop. This week, he’ll show you how to mask that caricature onto a more dramatic background using the Color Range command, Quick Mask mode, and a layer mask.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Put your photos through a digital funhouse with Photoshop. Today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to take any portrait and warp it into a photo caricature with the Liquify filter and Free Transform tool. The gist of the technique is emphasizing your subject’s most noticeable features. Large eyes? Make them round as saucers. Strong chin? Give it the Leno treatment. And if you warp and scale the portrait with Free Transform before you apply the Liquify tool, you’ll get even more dramatic results.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Learn how to blend two exposures and get the best of both worlds with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques shows you how to take an underexposed landscape photograph and create a lighter, brighter version of it to reveal all its detail—then combine the two images for a third, more dramatic image. As Deke explains, it’s just not possible to get the same effect with the Graduated Filter alone. It’s these two programs together that can help rescue your most extreme exposures.
Find out how to create a lighter version of the image with Camera Raw’s development tools, and combine the bright foreground with the darker sky of the original exposure using Photoshop’s masking capabilities. Deke also shows how to enhance the effect with a graduated filter and add a round of High Pass Sharpening to bring all the details of the final image into sharper relief. Click the free video to learn more.
Members of the lynda.com library can watch the follow-up movie to find out how to create the mask shown in this technique, from scratch. Then come back next week to learn how to create a photographic caricature using Photoshop’s Free Transform and Liquify tools.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 03, 2014
It’s a fact of nature: Light reflects off shiny surfaces. But that glare often distracts from the subject of your photographs, especially when they contain text or other small details, like the subject of this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques—the board game Landslide. (Race to become the next President of the United States in the Parker Brothers “Game of Power Politics.”)
Deke has two different fixes for glare, and they both involve Adobe Photoshop.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 27, 2014
When you’re forced to shoot in a tight corner or at an awkward angle, your photos are often warped. That’s the case with a photo Deke took of a board game mid-play. Since he couldn’t exactly suspend himself in midair, he took a photo from above while standing slightly beside the table. Luckily, he knew he could fix the image in post. You too can remove warped perspective using a little-known but highly regarded tool in Photoshop: Perspective Crop. Watch the free video to learn how to put your photos back on the straight and narrow.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lens flares have been the butts of cruel jokes for too long. It’s time to salvage the lens flare, to liberate it from heavy-handed users like J.J. Abrams (director of fx-laden movies like Star Trek and Super 8) and put it back in the good graces of photographers and videographers everywhere.
The key is subtle application.
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