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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

An Optical Illusion in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

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Which way is up?!

When you see the orthogonal pattern in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, you might not be able to provide an answer.

Because of an interesting optical effect (a combination of a repeating tile pattern and some clever shading), it appears as if any given row in the design is simultaneously coming toward you and receding away.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Creating Orthogonal Cubes with Illustrator's Line Segment Tool

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Learn how to draw an orthogonal cube pattern with one of the simplest tools in Adobe Illustrator: the Line Segment tool.

In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to build a “boxed tower” illustration that interlocks with itself. And it all starts with a single line!

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Extracting a Photo from a Smart Object in Photoshop

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Even the most important image files can be misplaced or deleted.

Sometimes, in our haste to keep our desktops neat and organized, we delete photos after we’re finished touching them up. Or we might delete images from our phones to free up storage space, only to regret it moments later.

The good news is that once an image is brought into Photoshop and converted into a Smart Object—a must if you’re following a nondestructive workflow—the original unmodified photo is still accessible.

And in this short, sweet episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you exactly how to get to it.

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, July 6, 2015

Combining Color and Gradient Overlays in Photoshop CC


Learn how to infuse an entire composition with color and depth using multiple overlays—only in Photoshop CC 2015.

In this week’s quick episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to double up your effects for more vibrant color and reflectivity.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auto-Blending Multiple Depths of Field in Photoshop

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Photographers know that if you want a flatter depth of field, you have to be farther from the subject—and the background.

But in some shooting scenarios, that’s just not possible. You may end up with some shots where the foreground is in focus, and some shots where the background is crisper.

Luckily, if you’re looking for flatter depths of field, there’s a way to combine shots in Photoshop and end up with a pretty decent looking image. The best part: A large part of the process can be automated.

Deke shows us how in this free (and fast!) episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, June 22, 2015

'Gothic Up' a Cathedral in Photoshop and Camera Raw


Last week you watched Deke assemble an incredible interior panorama of the York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

This week he turns his attention to the exterior, taking a humdrum photo of the towers and the cathedral’s ornate windows and turning it into an atmospheric image straight out of the Dark Ages using Photoshop and Camera Raw.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Assembling an Interior Panorama in Photoshop

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When it comes to shooting great architecture, you may know how to capture the facade of buildings. But how do you capture what it feels like to stand inside of them?

Learn how to create astounding, vertical interior panoramas of great historic buildings—like the gothic cathedral featured in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniqueswith this simple, 10-minute Photoshop technique.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Creating a String of Pearls in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

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Learn how to add a unique decorative border to letters or other objects by creating a string of pearls from scratch in Illustrator, using the tricks shown in this week’s Deke’s Techniques.

Deke enhances this sweet and simple “XO” taken from a dingbats font, but you can choose any object with path outlines.

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