By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015
Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.
To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.
By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014
I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.
The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!
Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.
But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.
Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.
This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Minecraft has captured the hearts of millions of gamers, despite—or maybe because of—its simplistic and easily recognizable 8-bit style graphics.
In the game, players explore the Minecraft universe, gathering resources, crafting tools and weapons, and, of course, battling monsters.
One thing they can’t do, however, is wield the two-bladed ax shown in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.
By Nigel French | Saturday, November 29, 2014
Calendars have long been a go-to holiday gift for those people in your life that “have everything.”
No matter what their field, everyone marks out their days with a calendar of one sort or another—and a custom-made wall calendar full of meaningful images will always get pride of place over its store-bought rivals.
Here’s how to design a calendar for someone special.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.
And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014
New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.
But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.
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