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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Painting an eye with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Paint an eye using a custom brush

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Howdy, Deke geeks! Are you staying warm? Because it’s minus 2 degrees in Boulder, Colorado, home base of Deke’s Techniques. But neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Deke from the swift completion of his appointed rounds. This week, he’ll show you how to use a custom Adobe Photoshop brush to paint an eye from scratch. This technique teaches you so much. Learn how to align two layers while keeping one layer stationary. Adjust roundness and angle of a brush. Paint with dynamic layer effects, lock the transparency of a layer, and select, scale, and rotate a custom brush—all in order to produce the final “eye-catching” effect: a beautiful flecked iris.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 22, 2013

Creating a neon light: Pixel Playground

Create a neon tube in Photoshop.

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In this week’s Pixel Playground technique, Bert Monroy shows us how to create a neon light tube. He begins by meticulously choosing the proper size of his brush, and then paints in a solid color for the base of the tube. Next, with the addition of a few layers effects, the tube gets some depth. From there he lowers the transparency and paints in a few areas to add realism. Finally, he brushes in some debris at the end of the tube to give a realistic neon-tube look, and complete the piece. Bert even throws in a bonus technique at the end to show us how to create the connector for the neon tube.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 15, 2013

Creating a stone wall: Pixel Playground

Create a stone wall in Photoshop

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This week Bert shows us how to create a stone wall using a variety of textures. He starts out by using the pen tool to draw in the pattern for the bricks. Next he uses the filter gallery to add a stone texture to the pattern for a sense of realism. From there he uses a custom brush to paint in weathering and colored texture and then uses another brush to add damage to the wall. Finally, with a unique layer effect he is able to paint and draw in shapes to virtually chip away at the wall. Check out this week’s video on lynda.com, and get started.

By James Fritz | Friday, October 4, 2013

Animate a 3D star field in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create an animated starfield in Photoshop

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This week, Bert’s lesson is out of this world! In this interstellar episode of Pixel Playground, we’ll create an animated star field in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 27, 2013

Create a fluffy cloud effect: Pixel Playground

Creating a fluffy cloud effect

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to create fluffy clouds using the brush tools in Adobe Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, July 5, 2013

Use a custom Photoshop brush to create realistic effects: Pixel Playground

Create realistic effects with custom Photoshop brushes

One of the best ways to push your boundaries using Adobe Photoshop is to take the time to explore what all the sliders, buttons, and menus can do. This week Bert takes us through the various steps toward creating realistic pepper from scratch. He starts out by drawing a few simple shapes and, after playing with a few settings, he is able to create an interesting pattern and build a brush with it. Once Bert paints a few layers with this brush and builds up the colors, you’ll start to see how you can create practically anything with the Photoshop brushes.

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• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, September 14, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #31 – The Brush tool

The modest brush tool is one of the deepest, most versatile tools in Photoshop. It’s not only a terrific painting tool, but it is also invaluable for masking, as Deke demonstrates in this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode.

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