Learn how to use Illustrator’s grid to create a diagram where all the elements are precisely aligned. This week in Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to modify the size and subdivisions of the grid by tweaking your preferences and resize the artboard to match the new grid. Then he shows how to draw flowchart elements with the Rectangle tool and use the Snap to Grid command to precisely align them. Click the free video below to get started.
Make the subjects of your photos look like they’re moving “faster than light” in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn how to add bright motion trails to silhouetted figures in an image in Adobe Photoshop. You can see similar effects used in advertising and Deke shows you how to achieve it in less than 10 minutes. It’s a great technique that makes use of the Ocean Ripple, Graphic Pen, and Motion Blur filters, plus some good old levels and channel adjustment. Click the video below to start learning.
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. This week, Deke shows how to convert an image from the RGB profile to CMYK—a process designers often need to go through when they’re sending their work to be printed commercially. However, Deke’s spin on this technique is an unconventional method that preserves more of your luminance data, using the Multichannel mode in Adobe Photoshop. Click the video below to start learning.
A few weeks ago, with Deke’s help, you transformed a photograph into a Pointillist-style dot drawing. (See Deke’s Techniques number 239 in the lynda.com library if you’d like to revisit the technique.) Today, learn how to refine that portrait with smaller dots. This doubles the resolution of your image, too, making it an even better candidate for printing. However, instead of a dynamic effect, it turns into a static one. The downside is you lose your Smart Filters and the effect becomes destructive, as opposed to nondestructive. But Deke bets that you’ll think it’s worth it.
Follow the rainbow in this episode of Deke’s Techniques. First, Deke shows you how to create a rainbow-colored gradient, which he then transforms into a psychedelic fabric texture with a single application of the Wave filter. In Adobe Photoshop, of course.
Re-create the logo for Adobe Creative Cloud—even if you don’t have the latest version of Illustrator. In fact, in this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you can use Illustrator CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, or even the original CS version. How? Let Deke walk you through the process.
Learn how to draw a cube inspired by a New Yorker cover in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. This technique uses orthogonal projection to give the illusion of a 3D object in 2D space. To create it, you need nothing more than the Line tool in Adobe Illustrator.
Isometric illustration techniques like this one are something every designer should know, but they come particularly in handy for technical drawings like product designs, assembly instructions, and more. Or in this case, just some fun pop art.
Pointillism was a late-19th century painting technique comprised of dot-like strokes of color. It got its name from critics who wanted to ridicule its style of brushwork—but the name stuck. If you think about it, pointillism—which tricks the eye to perceive a broader range of tone, without any blending—is a kind of precursor to pixilation. The digital world owes a lot to these enterprising artists.
You, too, can become a pointillist. Learn to mimic the style of Seurat and Signac with today’s Deke’s Techniques. Deke shows you how to shortcut this exacting process with Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop.