They say you can’t improve on the classics but this week Deke dives into his archives and revisits a tutorial from the very early days of Deke’s Techniques, “Creating heavy metal type.” This is a technique his fans have asked him again and again to update, since the technique has changed so much since Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC were released. Watch the new video and learn how to build a custom pattern for “stamping out” your type and use layer styles to really make it pop out from a metallic background.
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.
As David Blatner says in this week’s InDesign Secrets, typesetting a poem is an art and a science. Your layout should complement both the theme and the length of the poem, and make it visually distinguishable from surrounding text.
But one of the greatest challenges designers face when typesetting poetry is centering a poem on its longest line, and then making sure all other lines are flush left with it. In this free video, David shows you how to accomplish just that using the tools in Adobe InDesign. Plus, learn how to determine your cursor position anywhere in your document—a useful tip for any kind of text, poetic or not.
The success of this year’s summer blockbuster World War Z proves that zombies are popular year-round—but around Halloween, they’re spook-tacularly trendy.
Learn how to transform a standard movie monster makeup job into a realistic zombie portrait with Photoshop and the one and only Deke McClelland, in this episode of Deke’s Techniques. This technique takes advantage of Liquify, Gaussian Blur, and Smart Filters in Photoshop CC.
Have you ever been asked to fill out a mind-bogglingly complicated PDF form? Even when they’re designed well, complex forms can be hard to understand. Think tax forms and car registrations. When designing these types of documents, you don’t want your clients scratching their heads. Tool tips can help!
The honeycomb, the “queen bee” of patterns, is trending again this year. Honeycomb patterns are cropping up on the runway, in our homes, in print, and on the web.
This week in Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to use Adobe Illustrator to create a honeycomb pattern. Learn how to transform a lowly hexagon into a “sweet” vector-based pattern, with the Transform effect, gradients, and some Appearance panel tricks. Watch the free video below to learn more.
When you’re getting to the final stages in a long layout and find you need to add or remove a numbered figure or illustration, the prospect of renumbering them all can be very disheartening. But InDesign’s paragraph styles can make figure numbering a breeze. Learn how to create a figure style that auto-numbers your captions by following along with David Blatner in today’s free InDesign tutorial video. David also shows you how to cross-reference the number in the text, and update the figure number and text reference when you need to reorder your illustrations.
This week’s technique is all about hand-painting a majestic image of a lion with Adobe Photoshop. Although Deke will use a high-end Wacom Cintiq tablet/monitor device to perform his wizardry, have no fear—you don’t need a tablet to follow along.
You’ll learn how to resample an image to make sure you’re working with the highest-resolution file possible, use the Brush tool to draw an outline of the image, paint in highlights, add colorful detail, and make an entirely new work of art from an existing photograph. Watch the free video below to learn about painting images in Photoshop.