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By Lauren Harmon |

Creating a "pig-ture" with shapes and letters: Deke's Techniques

Creating a holiday

As members in the US are aware, Thanksgiving is almost here. And what is Thanksgiving, aka Turkey Day, without the turkey—the bird so iconic that it launched a million children’s handprint drawings? In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland provides an alternative way to illustrate the holiday. Less gobble, more oink. He shows you how to use simple shapes and letters to draw a “pig-ture” of a Thanksgiving ham with Adobe Photoshop.

This technique is perfect to share with your littlest family members, because it uses the letter shapes M, E, W, and a cursive e, along with the Ellipse tool, to create the basic drawing. Deke then shows you how to use the Gradient Fill tool to create a pastoral background for your pig. Because while turkeys may be in trouble, the pig has been pardoned just for this one special day.

Watch the follow-up movie in the lynda.com library to see how to place your pig-ture against a photographic background. Then come back after the holiday weekend to learn how to transform any photograph into a Roy Lichtenstein-esque comic panel.

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