- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on April 16, 2012
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- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on November 23, 2011
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- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on August 11, 2011
Pegasus (a horse with wings) may be a mythical animal, but you can bring it to life in Photoshop. To begin, you'll take two photos—one of a normal horse, one of a normal bird—convert them to grayscale, and combine them into the beautiful silhouette of a winged horse.
- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on April 7, 2011
You could call this Photoshop how-to "Deke... In... SPAAAAACE!" In this eight-minute video, I'll show you how to go from a plain black rectangle to a cosmic scene complete with stars, planets, and space gas.
All it takes is Photoshop's Add Noise and Gaussian Blur filters, some Levels adjustment, strategically placed Lens Flare, and you'll have a universe suitable for Web and print projects.
Click the screenshot below to view the step-by-step tutorial video:
- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on February 24, 2011
- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on February 3, 2011
Have you ever noticed that when some objects get really hot, the edges are bright, the centers are burnt dark, and you can see heat rippling upward? That's what I'm going to teach you how to do, in Photoshop, with type.
You'll use a smoldering combination of Smart Objects, four layer effects, the Ripple filter, and the Bas Relief filter. While the results will be positively smoking, you can also tweak a few steps to make type that looks like neon.
- Features: Written by Deke McClelland on January 24, 2011
Learn how to turn ordinary type into extraordinary gold. This is no garish fool's gold, but a lovely soft, volumetric effect that will lend luster to your own creations. And because it's done with Photoshop's layer effects, your treasured text can be edited at any moment if you change your mind about its gilded message.
This particular effect doesn't require a smart object, keeps the text 100% editable, and is accomplished almost entirely using layer effects. It couldn't be more flexible.