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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.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Assign Brush Strokes to Paths in Illustrator

Assign brush strokes to paths

Uniform strokes can be uniformly dull. But you can transform your vector artwork and give it more of a hand-drawn appearance with Illustrator’s brushes. This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques takes the Chinese chop you created in the last video and roughs it up a little by assigning brush strokes to paths in Illustrator. Deke shows how to simulate calligraphic lettering and turn your chop into a more authentic-looking stamp, by first transforming the chop into a Smart Object to preserve the original artwork. Click the free video below to get started.

Members of the lynda.com library can watch the two follow-up videos to learn how to to add a paper texture and create a black-on-red variation of their chops. Come back next week to learn how to hide panels that appear by default in Photoshop.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Create Your Own Chinese Seal in Illustrator

Create your own Chinese seal in Illustrator

You can sign your name to your artwork—or better yet, you can stamp it. In this special episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to transform your name into a Chinese seal, also known as a chop.

By James Fritz | Friday, April 04, 2014

Create a Canvas Texture in Photoshop

Create a canvas texture in Photoshop

This week, Bert Monroy wraps up a tutorial series on his digital painting Oyster Bar by showing us how to create a canvas texture from scratch in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 28, 2014

Create a Manhole Cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

This week Bert shows us how to create the realistic manhole cover in his digital painting Oyster Bar—all from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, February 07, 2014

Creating a lamp: Pixel Playground

Creating a lamp in Photoshop

Bert continues his magazine-cover tutorial series this week by focusing on how he created a softly lit lamp within the scene using Illustrator and Photoshop.

He begins in Adobe llustrator, creating a vector outline for the lamp. Once the basic outline has been completed, he pastes the resulting paths into Photoshop to add depth, relief, and texture to the lamp. After adding some layer effects to flesh out the base, he finishes by adding a texture to the shade, and a glowing light underneath it for a final touch of realism.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file: Deke's Techniques

Exporting a PNG avatar from Illustrator

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Welcome to the final stage in the Deke’s Techniques avatar challenge—where you transform your Adobe Illustrator file into a PNG graphic with a transparent background. Transparent PNGs are now supported by all major web browsers, so it’s a great file format choice for graphics you intend to display on the web. The trick to this technique is to take your file back to Photoshop. From there, you can compare it to your reference photograph for accuracy and make sure the avatar scales down correctly. Deke also shows you how to nicely center your avatar on the canvas, and choose the resampling option that’s best for reducing the size of your artwork—and (surprise) it’s not the option Adobe recommends. Learn all about it in today’s free video.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Embellishing an avatar in Illustrator

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Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques and the second step to building your own avatar. Last week you learned how to use Adobe Photoshop’s Pen tool to trace your photograph. This week Deke shows you how to copy your path outlines, paste them into Illustrator, and enhance your drawing there. You’ll learn how to add hand-drawn embellishments (like flowing locks and wide eyes) and align your tracing with your hand-drawn paths. The result: A striking black-and-white avatar that will delight your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter.

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