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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Drawing Custom Letters in Illustrator

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Get fired up! It’s time to create your own hand-drawn, custom-made letters in Illustrator.

Deke McClelland, the mind and the master behind Deke’s Techniques, shows how to take a comic book caption (“Fire up!”) that he sketched in pen, bring it into Illustrator, and trace the letters—keeping them nice and consistent along the way.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One Ring to Rule Them All—with Illustrator's 3D Revolve

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Learn how to create a golden ring inspired by Lord of the Rings with Illustrator’s amazing 3D Revolve command. You’ll get the first part of the technique in this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, in which Deke shows how to extract the ring from a simple wedge. Then in the follow-up movie in the lynda.com library, he’ll show how to engrave it with an “Elven” script.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creating a 3D Doughnut in Illustrator

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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 05, 2014

Create a Symbol of Solidarity with Illustrator

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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

How to Draw a Hand in a Clenched Fist

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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

Missing Comic-Con? Become Your Own Hero—at Super Speed

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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 08, 2014

How to Draw a Penrose Triangle in Illustrator

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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

Drawing a Möbius Strip in Illustrator

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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.

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