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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Create a Honeycomb Pattern in Illustrator


The honeycomb, the “queen bee” of patterns, is trending again this year. Honeycomb patterns are cropping up on the runway, in our homes, in print, and on the web.

This week in Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a honeycomb pattern. Learn how to transform a lowly hexagon into a “sweet” vector-based pattern, with the Transform effect, gradients, and some Appearance panel tricks. Watch the free video below to learn more.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Drawing the Pen tool icon in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Draw the pen tool–without the pen tool.

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This is week two of technical drawing in Deke’s Techniques, and in this tutorial Deke shows you how to draw the Pen tool icon in Illustrator—without using the Pen tool. In fact, in this technique, he asks you to use the Line Segment tool and some shapes. Then you’ll learn how to fuse the paths together and rotate the illustration. It’s a great exercise in schematic drawing.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Align objects with Illustrator's grid: Deke's Techniques

Align objects to a grid in Adobe Illustrator

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Learn how to use Illustrator’s grid to create a diagram where all the elements are precisely aligned. This week in Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to modify the size and subdivisions of the grid by tweaking your preferences and resize the artboard to match the new grid. Then he shows how to draw flowchart elements with the Rectangle tool and use the Snap to Grid command to precisely align them. Click the free video below to get started.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Draw the Adobe CC Logo in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Draw the Adobe CC Logo in Illustrator

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Re-create the logo for Adobe Creative Cloud—even if you don’t have the latest version of Illustrator. In fact, in this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you can use Illustrator CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, or even the original CS version. How? Let Deke walk you through the process.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Draw an orthogonal cube in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Learn how to draw a cube inspired by a New Yorker cover in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. This technique uses orthogonal projection to give the illusion of a 3D object in 2D space. To create it, you need nothing more than the Line tool in Adobe Illustrator.

Isometric illustration techniques like this one are something every designer should know, but they come particularly in handy for technical drawings like product designs, assembly instructions, and more. Or in this case, just some fun pop art.


By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Anyone Can Draw!

Drawing Vector Graphics

Many believe that drawing is a skill you’re born with: If you weren’t lucky enough to get that gene, you’re destined to draw stick figures. Not true! Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. It’s like skiing or writing or cooking; the more you do it, the better you’ll become. Walt Stanchfield, an American animator, once said, “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better.” The fastest way to do this is to embed drawing into your daily routine. In Drawing Vector Graphics, author and illustrative designer Von Glitschka shares his thoughts on how to make this happen.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Add a pointillist effect to your photos: Deke's Techniques

Pointillism was a late-19th century painting technique comprised of dot-like strokes of color. It got its name from critics who wanted to ridicule its style of brushwork—but the name stuck. If you think about it, pointillism—which tricks the eye to perceive a broader range of tone, without any blending—is a kind of precursor to pixilation. The digital world owes a lot to these enterprising artists.

You, too, can become a pointillist. Learn to mimic the style of Seurat and Signac with today’s Deke’s Techniques. Deke shows you how to shortcut this exacting process with Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating volumetric forms from vector-based shape layers

This week’s Deke’s Techniques is a very special episode, inspired by a drawing Deke completed with his son, Sam. Watch as Deke shows how he recreated the drawing in Adobe Photoshop as a series of vector-based shape layers (drawn with the Pen tool) and makes it even more ghoulish using layer effects. The end result? Some really cool volumetric artwork that pops off-screen.

lynda.com members have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.

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