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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.

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: What's New for Designers

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Today Adobe has announced major updates to its Creative Cloud subscription service. This is known as the 2014 release of Adobe Creative Cloud and included changes to all three pillars of the platform including desktop apps, mobile apps, and services.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 16, 2014

Manipulate Paths with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

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In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to use the Blend tool in Illustrator to manipulate paths.

His first step is to create one of the vertical slats on the upper portion of the garbage can with the Pen tool, then copy and drag the duplicate to the right. He then bends the top of the left slat outward; this will become the slat farthest to the left.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Auto-Hiding Iconic Panels in Photoshop

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Photoshop’s interface is highly customizable; you can rearrange panels, hide them, and pop panels in and out of your dock at will. Once you open a panel, though, it doesn’t automatically close after you have “done your business.” That can get annoying—fast. Luckily, Deke has a remedy for this minor irritation. In today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, he reveals the preference that enables you to collapse iconic panels quickly, by simply clicking anywhere else in Photoshop. (Iconic panels are the ones represented by icons in the secondary panel bar, like Properties, Brushes, etc.) Plus, get a bonus tip on moving around the fields in a panel straight from the keyboard.

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