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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Assign Brush Strokes to Paths in Illustrator

Assign brush strokes to paths

Uniform strokes can be uniformly dull. But you can transform your vector artwork and give it more of a hand-drawn appearance with Illustrator’s brushes. This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques takes the Chinese chop you created in the last video and roughs it up a little by assigning brush strokes to paths in Illustrator. Deke shows how to simulate calligraphic lettering and turn your chop into a more authentic-looking stamp, by first transforming the chop into a Smart Object to preserve the original artwork. Click the free video below to get started.

Members of the lynda.com library can watch the two follow-up videos to learn how to to add a paper texture and create a black-on-red variation of their chops. Come back next week to learn how to hide panels that appear by default in Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, March 28, 2014

Create a Manhole Cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

Create a manhole cover with Illustrator and Photoshop

This week Bert shows us how to create the realistic manhole cover in his digital painting Oyster Bar—all from scratch using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By James Fritz | Friday, February 7, 2014

Creating a lamp: Pixel Playground

Creating a lamp in Photoshop

Bert continues his magazine-cover tutorial series this week by focusing on how he created a softly lit lamp within the scene using Illustrator and Photoshop.

He begins in Adobe llustrator, creating a vector outline for the lamp. Once the basic outline has been completed, he pastes the resulting paths into Photoshop to add depth, relief, and texture to the lamp. After adding some layer effects to flesh out the base, he finishes by adding a texture to the shade, and a glowing light underneath it for a final touch of realism.

By James Fritz | Friday, January 3, 2014

Create a headlight from scratch in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create a headlamp from scratch in Photoshop

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

Over the next few weeks, Bert will be taking us through a series of tutorials showing how he created various details in his digital painting of a red truck. This week we’ll look at how to re-create one of the truck’s headlights.

By James Fritz | Friday, December 20, 2013

Construct a metal grill in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create a metal grill in Photoshop

Explore the Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

This week Bert shows us how to create a metal grill from scratch. At first glance you may think he used Adobe Illustrator for this episode of Pixel Playground, but in reality this repeating effect is created completely within Photoshop. Bert starts out by creating some patterns for the repeating holes, plus a special pattern for adding some depth. Next, he creates a linear gradient that helps create the illusion of metal. Finally, he lines up all of the layers and patterns to complete this impressive illustration of a metal grill.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Trace a line drawing with uniform strokes: Deke's Techniques

Kids can be the most innovative artists of all, but their greatest work is lost to history when it ends up tattered on the fridge or at the bottom of a school cubby. You can save their drawings by digitizing them with Adobe Illustrator—the tool professional artists rely on to refine, colorize, and prep their artwork for digital distribution and print publications. The process starts by converting your sketch into a vector-based line drawing. Deke’s Techniques is back this week to show you how.

Deke takes a whimsical sketch that he and his son collaborated on and turns it into a piece of colorful, high-gloss artwork. He traces it with open path outlines—an innovative approach that creates vector-based artwork with uniform strokes. And like all of Deke’s techniques, this tutorial walks you through the process step-by-step so you can replicate the results on your own.

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