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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Create drippy, gooey ghost letters: Deke's Techniques

Create ghost letters

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Halloween is around the corner, but it’s not too late to create decorations and invites with the drippy, ghoulish type Deke shows you how to make in today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn to take any boring old text and turn it into bloodcurdling ghost letters with Adobe Illustrator’s path editing tools, the Roughen effect, layer styles, and a healthy dose of the Liquify filter. Watch the free video below to find out more.

By James Fritz | Monday, October 28, 2013

Six Photoshop techniques for Halloween

Over the last few years Deke McClelland has been busily creating hundreds of tutorials on a wide variety of topics. We scoured the archives and put together a monstrous batch of Halloween-focused tutorials from his weekly series, Deke’s Techniques.

1. Simulating a glowing Jack-o’-lantern Learn how to create a Jack-o’-lantern in Photoshop and add a convincing glow in this useful tutorial.

Simulate a glowing jack-'o-lantern

By Chelsea Adams | Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from lynda.com!

A sampling of the silly and sinister Halloween personalities that made an appearance at the lynda.com headquarters today!photos of lynda.com staff on Halloween 2011 Happy Halloween from the lynda.com team!

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Making a faux HDR image in Photoshop

In this week’s free movie, Deke continues the theme he began last week: presenting timeless techniques in seasonally appropriate situations. For instance, the faux HDR technique that Deke shows you how to create this week is useful throughout the year for creating a striking ambiance, but as Deke demonstrates, it’s particularly suited to the creation of zombies. And what better time of year to turn portraits of your unsuspecting friends into scary undead creatures? Take this admittedly hapless but certainly unscary fellow, for instance:

Deke begins by converting the image to the Lab color space and then applying a Shadow/Highlight adjustment to exaggerate the shadows and highlights. He’ll show you how to protect your Lab-based modifications by placing your layer inside the protective covering of a smart object (even Lab-created zombies need protection). Before applying a Levels command to sink the midtones, he’ll create a mask with the Color Range command. And when Deke describes a face “riddled with marching ants,” you can be comforted by the fact that he’s really just talking about a Photoshop selection. Apply some sharpening, and the result is this frightening creature:

For lynda.com members, there’s an exclusive video over in the Online Training Library® where Deke takes this effect to even more macabre extremes—going full-zombie with this effect:

Lab-created creatures, sharpening, marching ants, and masks. Photoshop, in Deke’s hands, has everything you need for a creative and creepy Halloween.

See you here next week with more of Deke’s Techniques!

• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®
• courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Drawing a Halloween scareflake

This week, you get not only Deke’s free advice for making the world’s scariest snowflake in Illustrator, but also insight into Deke’s childhood and how he came to make the scary connection between Halloween and snowflakes. The beauty of this technique is that Illustrator’s dynamic Transform effect means you can work on one-twelfth of your snowflake—creating the scariest, craziest, most intricate skeleton-ghost you can imagine—and have your work automatically repeated eleven times. The effect is this delightful, multi-seasonal creation:

It takes some work to join and properly fill the path outlines along the way, and Deke takes you through his particular ghastly machinations. You’ll see how to use the Pathfinder panel to create the proper combinations. You’ll even see how Deke has to navigate the treacherous interworkings of groups and pathfinding.

For lynda.com members, there are two more exclusive movies in the Online Training Library® this week, in which Deke shows you how to replicate your snowflake as ‘true clones’ so that you can make an entire pattern in Illustrator and then import your creation into Photoshop as a smart object in order to give it a fiery background. Fire and ice in this week’s holiday technique. Happy haunting!

• the entire collection ofDeke’s Techniques  • courses on Illustrator in the Online Training Library® • courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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