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839 Painting like Joan Miró in Adobe Sketch
840 Painting a watercolor wash background
841 Signing your artwork like Joan Miró

2019 Techniques
767 Mandala patterns in Photoshop CC 2019
768 Painting a free-form mandala pattern
769 Painting mandala-style dot patterns
770 Coloring your mandala pattern
771 The final full-color mandala
772 Illustrator CC 2019 new preview mode
773 Illustrator CC 2019 presentation mode
774 Global edit in Illustrator CC 2019
775 Applying a global edit from the control panel
776 Freeform gradients in Illustrator CC 2019
777 Freeform gradients: Points versus lines
778 Freeform gradient limitations
779 Crop and develop a great white shark
780 Sharpening your great white shark
781 Low vibrance and high saturation
782 Vibrance, saturation, and sharpness
783 Actioning a full-color hedcut in Photoshop
784 Recording an action to play all actions
785 Draw something, color the outlines
786 Combining multiple works of line art
787 Group your line art, clip to the group
788 Coloring outside your line art in Photoshop
789 Flip horizontal view in Photoshop CC 2019
790 Creating a White Walker in Photoshop
791 The White Walker begins
792 Giving a guy a digital shave in Photoshop
793 Carving deep wrinkles or scars into skin
794 Shading the White Walker’s deep-set brows
795 Creating pale, lifeless lips in Photoshop
796 Giving your White Walker glowing blue eyes
797 Adding some creepy lifeless pupils
798 Adding a cold and gloomy background
799 Adding cold and brittle snowflakes
800 Using the Transparency Shapes Layer option
801 Combining a radial filter with a range mask
802 Flipping a photograph in Camera Raw
803 An actual dream effect, in Photoshop
804 Augmenting your Photoshop dream
805 Applying distortions as Smart Filters
806 Combining distortions with blend modes
807 Drawing a 24-sided star in negative space
808 Making your star a repeating hex pattern
809 Shading your star pattern in Illustrator
810 Creating a gradient pattern in Illustrator
811 Making one pattern fade into another
812 Welcome to my seamlessly repeating summer
813 Drawing a cubical gobstopper in Illustrator
814 Creating a pattern of gobstoppers
815 Aligning your many gobstoppers
816 Blending line textures in Illustrator
817 Combining object blends with a pattern
818 Carving cubical holes into cubical objects
819 Nesting gradients inside a pattern
820 Drawing 3D isometric arrows in Illustrator
821 Positioning the tips of your arrows
822 Filling in the gaps in a repeating pattern
823 Drawing cartoon teeth aligned to the hair
824 Drawing a triangular cartoon eye
825 Adding windows to the houses pattern
826 Creating a perfectly tessellating pattern
827 Op art experiment 4: Triangle tunnels
828 Expressing your triangles as a hex pattern
829 Adding color to your triangle tunnels
830 Recoloring your triangle tunnels
831 Creating rainbow gradients with blends
832 The downside of using blends in patterns
833 Drawing an impossible trident in Illustrator
834 Shading an impossible trident with gradients
835 Painting paths with opposing gradients
836 Adding impossible shadows in Illustrator
837 Drawing an impossible hex object
838 Creating impossible latticework

2018 Techniques
670 Adding more color to your QR code
671 Coffer illusion and the hidden circles
672 Filling out the hidden circles illusion
673 Shading the panels in a Coffer illusion
674 Drawing a classic “café wall” illusion
675 Skewing your crazy café walls in Illustrator
676 Creating a “magical checkers” illusion
677 Swapping magical checkers for dots
678 Reversing the direction of your illusion
679 Decorating your illusion
680 Adding more and more gizmos
681 Connecting the gizmos wirelessly
682 Drawing a Wi-Fi symbol in Illustrator
683 Drawing the official Bluetooth logo
684 Introducing Trajan Color Concept
685 Trajan Color Concept in Illustrator CC
686 Using stylistic sets in Photoshop CC
687 Using stylistic sets in Illustrator CC
688 Creating gradient molecules in Photoshop
689 Sharpening your very soft molecules
690 Editing your smart-filtered molecules
691 Exploring regular molecule patterns
692 Blending opposing rows of colorful molecules
693 Sharpening molecules with High Pass
694 Creating shimmering cells in Illustrator
695 Turning regular hexagons into organic cells
696 Enhancing your organic cells in Photoshop
697 Making dead cells spring to life
698 Creating letters with accordion extrusions
699 Combining object blends with skews
700 Making one object blend cut through another
701 Making one object blend slice across another
702 Object blends and dynamic distortions in Illustrator
703 Another random distortion: Roughen
704 Dynamic warp distortions: Fish and Twist
705 Adding a dynamic background, part 1
706 Adding a dynamic background, part 2
707 “Quieting down” an overly elaborate design
708 The Marvel disintegration effect
709 Building up more flakes and ashes
710 Enhancing and masking your disintegration
711 Turning your flakes into dull, dead ash
712 Jogging your memory with the Note tool
713 Contour mapping with Distort > Displace
714 Contour map + gradient map
715 Contour map + arbitrary map
716 Riffing on a contour map in Photoshop
717 Smoothing out jagged contour lines
718 Contour mapping for cash in Photoshop
719 Infusing an image with the color of money
720 Simulating an adjustment layer in Illustrator
721 Drawing a stylish computer key
722 Spelling a word in computer keys
723 Creating a faux hedcut in Photoshop
724 Tracing outlines around your hedcut
725 Creating a full-color hedcut effect
726 Creating an E.T. moon in Photoshop
727 Adding a forest of trees for your E.T. moon
728 Combining the best of E.T. and Jurassic Park
729 Tracing vectors with a universal glow
730 Creative uses for Content-Aware Fill
731 Creating a porthole to a far-away galaxy
732 Enhancing your crazy space porthole
733 Creating a galaxy of rushing stars
734 Using the Puppet Warp tool in Illustrator CC
735 Illustrator Puppet Warp tips and tricks
736 Puppet-Warping very complicated selections
737 Shift-P for Puppet Warp!
738 Introducing the Pentagon Patterns
739 Types 1–5: The Reinhardt pentagons
740 Types 6–8: The Kershner pentagons
741 Type 10: The James pentagon
742 Types 9, 11, 12, and 13: The Rice pentagons
743 Type 14: The Stein pentagon
744 Creating a type 15 pentagon in Illustrator
745 Tessellating your type 15 pentagon
746 Expressing pentagons as proper tile patterns
747 Applying and modifying a tile pattern
748 Combining complementary patterns
749 Combining a tile pattern with a photograph
750 Adjusting a tile pattern to fit its photo
751 Creating a creepy Candy Keeper in Photoshop
752 Enhancing the Candy Keeper text
753 Creating an old monster movie poster
754 Adding a monochrome halftone effect
755 Enhancing a special word, such as “Haunted”
756 Cheating letters into an ancient border
757 Naming an adjustment layer as you create it
758 Under the sea in strict monochrome
759 Backscatter and split toning
760 Sampling any color outside Photoshop
761 Designing a vector-based logo in Photoshop
762 Free-transforming shape layers
763 Adding a photo element to your vector logo
764 High-resolution snowflakes in Photoshop
765 Enhancing your big, juicy snowflakes
766 Adding a snowflake bokeh “on the lens”

2017 Techniques
577 Quick-and-dirty chalk type in Photoshop
578 Creating spray-painted stencil type
579 Adding drips to your spray-paint type
580 Symbols and spaces in Illustrator CC 2017
581 The wacky world of live polygons
582 Creating custom arrowheads in Illustrator
583 Creating custom line caps in Illustrator
584 Creating tinted arrowheads in Illustrator
585 Designing multicolor arrowheads
586 Multicolor arrowheads emojis
587 Customizing a new document in Illustrator
588 Creating trendy Twirl art in Photoshop
589 Creating symmetrical Twirl art
590 Turning a face into a piece of Twirl art
591 Increasing the resolution of your Twirl art
592 Capturing a screen that can’t be captured
593 Adding color and grid lines to a histogram
594 Creating an LCD screen effect in Photoshop
595 Mastering Adobe Illustrator 88
596 Fixing jagged Illustrator art in Photoshop
597 Fixing problems with an AI smart object
598 Center-stroking letters in Illustrator
599 Hand-drawing inline character strokes
600 Cropping inline strokes with an opacity mask
601 Oodles of differently angled screw heads
602 Creating dynamic inlines using Offset Path
603 Drawing a half circle in Keynote
604 Using the Pen tool in Keynote
605 Auto-stitching scanned artwork in Photoshop
606 Auto-trimming without clipping artwork
607 Creating crinkled paper with Clouds
608 Making your crinkled paper even crinklier
609 Bringing back Refine Mask in Photoshop CC
610 Power up with dekeKeys for Photoshop CC
611 Creating your own shortcuts in Photoshop
612 Every keyboard shortcut for Photoshop CC
613 Creating a multipage doc in Photoshop CC
614 Photoshop CC artboard tips and tricks
615 Exporting a multipage PDF from Photoshop CC
617 Photoshop Clouds pattern variations
616 Seamless patterns with the Clouds filter
618 Healing with a pattern in Photoshop
619 Creating a vector-based gradient mask in Photoshop
620 Creating a multicolor vignette in Photoshop
621 Excluding elements from your custom vignette
622 Masking like a pro with Photoshop’s Pen tool
623 Contrast: bright image, dark background
624 Tattoo your face in Photoshop
625 Drawing tattoos with the Pen tool
626 Selecting and masking eyes in Photoshop
627 Selecting and masking ruby-red lips
628 Pasting Photoshop paths into Illustrator
631 The 2017 American Solar Eclipse
632 Smoothing out a noisy universe in Photoshop
633 Designing an intriguing cube logo
634 Stroking your logo with mitered corners
635 Turning an orthogonal cube into a pattern
636 Turning a photo into a Chuck Close effect
637 Making a seamless pattern of paint splotches
638 Imbuing your Chuck Close effect with color
639 Infusing more colors into the midtones
640 Creating a wrapped logo in Illustrator
641 Enhancing your wrapped logo
642 Creating a gently blanketed logo
643 Completing your gently blanketed logo
644 Modify a TIFF clipping path in Illustrator
645 Modify an EPS clipping path in Illustrator
646 The best way to mask an image in Illustrator
647 Dr. Frankenstein’s monstrous emoji
648 Frankenstein’s emoji’s eyelids and brow
649 Frankenstein’s emoji’s rippling hair
650 Frankenstein’s emoji’s mouth and scar
651 Frankenstein’s emoji’s iconic neck bolts
652 Drawing HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
653 Adding realistic reflections to HAL’s eye
654 Op art experiment 3a: Volumetric waves
655 Op art experiment 3b: Rolling windows
656 Create a concentric ring logo in Illustrator
657 Create an octagon of concentric rings
658 Automatically converting circles to diamonds
659 Drawing a perfect snowflake in Illustrator
660 Adding lines to your snowflake pattern
661 Enhancing a perfect snowflake in Photoshop
662 Editing a smart snowflake in Illustrator
663 Creating a gradient sunset in Photoshop
664 Simulate a total solar eclipse in Camera Raw
665 Celebrating the winter solstice at Carhenge
666 Adding a time lapse of partial eclipses
667 Oh Illustrator, where is your Control panel?
668 Downsizing the massive Properties panel

2016 Techniques
486 Creating high-resolution ice type in Photoshop
487 Editing type inside a nested smart object
488 Introducing PixelSquid: 3D for 2D designers
489 Creating your own Jurassic Park in Photoshop
490 Lighting up a dinosaur’s eyes and teeth
491 Combining Field Blur with a depth mask
492 Helping your dinosaur escape to the big city
493 War of the Worlds: The sun attacks!
494 Weaving tendrils of lightning into a cloud
495 Turning off Live Rectangle widgets in Illustrator CC
496 More Live Shapes: ellipses and polygons
497 Turning off the new CC Start screen
498 Correcting shadows with Dehaze
499 Creating an infrared/snow effect in Photoshop
500 Creating a custom angry emoji in Illustrator
501 Adjusting your emoji to match Apple’s style
502 Exporting your emoji as a device-compatible PNG file
503 Elongating a snake in Photoshop
504 Blackening an animal to create a silhouette
505 Two ways to select a silhouette in Photoshop
506 Moving and scaling a selection outline
507 Auto-tracing a masterpiece in Illustrator
508 Drawing a dynamic atom symbol in Illustrator
509 Rotating your atom with electrons intact
510 Applying Knockout Group to a dynamic path
511 Solving the world’s problems with Illustrator’s Rasterize effect
512 Blending multiple shots to better frame a photo
513 Rebuilding an octopus’s garden
514 Turning a logo into a star in Illustrator
515 Dressing up your logo star
516 Using chromatic-style fonts in Illustrator
517 Using chromatic-style fonts in Photoshop
518 Casting 3D font shadows in Illustrator
519 Creating a pattern in Adobe Capture
520 Bringing Capture patterns into Photoshop
521 Creating an authentic Möbius strip in Illustrator
522 Coloring the Möbius strip with Live Paint
523 Shading your authentic Möbius strip with gradients
524 Masking a Tilt-Shift landscape in Photoshop
525 Combining Multiple Group Photos
526 Introducing Adobe Photoshop Sketch
527 More fun with Adobe Sketch
528 Tracing a photograph in Adobe Sketch
529 Tracing facial features with the Ink Pen
530 Painting with the Blend and Combine modes
531 Lips, eyes, and specular highlights
532 Painting hair with Pencil and Marker Brush
533 Blending a photo with your Sketch art
534 Tweening a layer’s position and opacity
535 Tweening new layers across existing frames
536 Turning the world upside-down in Photoshop
537 Zooming thru the universe with Photoshop
538 Turning a panorama into a tiny planet
629 Drawing a kern-perfect logo in Illustrator
630 More kern-perfect, now with overlap
539 Adding depth and shading to your tiny planet
540 Rendering a person in chrome
541 Creating a fiery blast in Photoshop
542 Rendering a person in liquid metal
543 Creating a better screen shot
544 Recording a screen shot action
545 Drawing a bacterium with Gradient Mesh
546 Drawing randomly waving pili (or hairs)
547 How Bézier curves really truly work
548 Drawing Bézier time and tangent lines
549 Drawing a complex network of lattice lines
550 How many dots can you see at once?
551 Creating a scintillating grid in Illustrator
552 The two-thirds rule of Bézier curves
553 Creating a classic neon sign in Illustrator
554 Adding real-world neon light fluctuations
555 Connecting neon letters with dark blockouts
556 Creating photorealistic neon in Photoshop
557 Photoshop CC’s top-secret banana tool
558 Toast and transient witticisms (Easter eggs)
559 Creating a hovering head in Photoshop
560 Connecting head and neck with a grisly spine
561 Projecting simple shapes into 3D perspective
562 Creating an American flag in Photoshop
563 Creating a field of 50 evenly spaced stars
564 Designing an M.C. Escher-like tessellation
565 Completing your Escher-inspired creature
566 Making an M.C. Escher-inspired hex pattern
567 Designing matching pattern variations
568 Creating a Doctor Strange–like mirror world
569 Replacing one mirror world with others
570 Creating wildly purple supervillain eyes
571 Adding ominous crystallized skin texture
572 Creating embroidered type in Photoshop
573 Stitching the letters in a script font
574 Cheerful holiday trees in Photoshop CC
575 Lighting your holiday trees in Photoshop CC

2015 Techniques
377 Two ways to create center guides in Photoshop
378 A new way to create center guides in Photoshop CC
379 Two ways to create center guides in Illustrator
380 Clearing the list of recently used fonts in InDesign
381 Two ways to search fonts in InDesign CC
382 Drawing flowering vectors in Illustrator
383 Stroking the petals to create a lattice effect
384 Creating a flowering origami effect
385 Painting shapes with transitional gradients
386 Correcting the brightness and banding of a printed image
387 Further reducing banding with a gradient layer
388 Smoothing away noise with the Mean stack mode
389 Developing a sweetly romantic tropical island
390 Creating a Caribbean blue sea with Photo Filter
391 Creating letters chiseled into stone
392 Adding a chiseled border
393 Assembling MRI slices into a 3D volume
394 Assigning multiple strokes to gradient type in Illustrator
395 Filling in the gaps between stroked letters
396 Fragmenting a photo through ribbed glass
397 Applying a displacement map with the Glass filter
398 Infusing an image with vivid nightclub colors
399 Adding MDNA-inspired bands of color
400 Patching badly displaced edges
401 Styling type with a pattern of vertical lines
402 Reshaping letterforms to match the intervals of a pattern
403 Swapping one image for another with smart objects
404 Forging a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop
405 Masking graphic frames and natural edges
406 Matching a real-world paper texture
407 Casting multiple drop shadows in Photoshop
408 Developing an awesome angelfish in Camera Raw
409 Tweaking a fish photo to perfection
410 Assigning spot colors to a logo in Photoshop
411 Blending spot colors inside a logo
412 Exporting spot-color separations from Photoshop
413 Exporting spot-color separations from Illustrator
414 The latest and greatest 2015 Facebook image specifications
415 Creating the perfect Facebook cover photo 2015
416 Extending your profile picture into your Facebook cover photo
417 Preparing images for your Facebook timeline
418 Converting all corner points in a drawing to smooth points
419 Adding field blurs to a vector-based illustration
420 Great uses for Color and Gradient Overlay
421 Easter Island
422 Creating a string of pearls in Illustrator
423 Drawing a letter to match a dingbat font
424 Assembling an interior, vertical panorama
425 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Photoshop
426 Developing a dark and stormy photo in Lightroom
427 Sharpening your dark and stormy photo for print
428 Auto-blending multiple depths of field
429 Assigning multiple strokes in Photoshop CC 2015
430 Combining multiple drop shadows to create faux-3D type
431 Combining multiple Color and Gradient Overlay effects
432 Removing unwanted perspective from a photo
433 Correcting the perspective of a single image element
434 Extracting an unmodified photo from a Smart Object
435 Extracting a raw photo from a Smart Object
436 Orthogonal pattern 1: The boxed towers
437 Repeating a tile pattern Brick by Row
438 Refining the color scheme of your tile pattern
439 Orthogonal pattern 2: Which way is up?
440 Upping the number of colors in a dynamic pattern
441 Achieving real pointillism with the Pointillize filter
442 Adding Emboss to give your painting depth
443 Blending multiple motion photos
444 Creating a wildly colorful High Pass effect
445 Correct in Lab and leave a smooth histogram
446 Combining the best of Lab and Camera Raw
447 Wrapping a gradient around a circle in Illustrator
448 Blending gradients with the Saturation blend mode
449 Using the Join tool in Illustrator CC
450 Using Illustrator’s Shape Builder tool
451 Wrapping text around a graphic in Illustrator
452 Curly quotes and the Smart Punctuation command
453 Creating the perfect smartphone home/lock screen
454 Creating a smartphone graphic in Photoshop
455 Islamic design 1: Flirting with geometric genius
456 Islamic design 2: The eight eight-pointed stars
457 Islamic design 3: Connecting the pieces
458 Islamic design 4: Completing the corners
459 Islamic design 5: Coloring and sculpting
460 Islamic design 6: Photoshopping the pattern
461 Creating a bat-faced moon in Photoshop
462 Cartoon bat 1: Drawing the head
463 Cartoon bat 2: Drawing the bodies
464 Cartooning the moon!
465 Changing a daytime scene to night
466 Lighting up the windows of a dark mansion
467 Adding a moon to a nighttime sky
468 Adding a ghost to your haunted mansion
469 Creating a custom Dual Brush in Photoshop
470 Adding texture to your custom brush
471 Framing a photo with a custom brush
472 Creating place cards for your holiday dinner
473 Tracing your guests with the new Pencil tool
474 Coloring your guests with the Live Paint Bucket
475 Drawing a custom coloring-book place card
476 Drawing a generic male place card
477 Coloring your cartoon place cards in Illustrator
478 Removing power lines from a photo
479 Turning a utility pole into a tree trunk
480 Creating candy cane type in Photoshop
481 The seamlessly repeating candy cane pattern
482 Adding snow to your holiday design
483 Making a little boy fly in Photoshop
484 Creating blast trails with Motion Blur
485 Masking clouds with the Quick Selection tool

2014 Techniques
282 Ringing in the New Year with dynamic effects in Illustrator
283 Dynamically transforming fills and strokes
284 Tracing an avatar from a photograph in Photoshop
285 Drawing a vector-based avatar in Illustrator
286 Coloring and shading your avatar
287 Exporting an illustration as a universally supported PNG file
288 Upsampling a layered composition with great results
289 Rebuilding a pattern at a higher resolution
290 Painting happy little trees
291 Shading and lighting the happy forest
292 Enlarging a low-res photograph in Photoshop
293 Enlarging a photo by tracing it in Illustrator
294 Mastering Exposure in Camera Raw
295 Super smooth and unflinchingly sharp
296 Deleting an inadvertent photo bomber
297 Correcting a distorted panorama
298 Rebuilding bad stitching in a panorama
299 Nondestructive dodge and burn
300 Blending a shadow into any background
301 Saving a PNG image with a translucent shadow
302 Cleaning up a smart phone photo
303 Using Photoshop 1.0
304 Creating your own Chinese seal (or chop)
305 Simulating hand lettering with art brushes
306 Adding texture to your hand stamp
307 Creating a black chop on red paper
308 Auto-hiding iconic panels in Photoshop
309 Creating a custom toolbox in Illustrator CC
310 Creating the perfect passport photo
311 Retouching your passport photo
312 Turning a photo into a giant mural
313 Enhancing the reality of your mural
314 Creating a 3D bump map
315 UV overlay and 3D bump paint
316 Using Lens Flare for good (not evil)
317 Using the Perspective Crop tool
318 Reducing real-world camera shake
319 Reducing glare in a photograph
320 Restoring repeating details
321 Integrating a detail captured with a phone
322 Blending two exposures of a single scene
323 Masking mountains away from sky
324 Creating a photographic caricature in Photoshop
325 Exaggerating facial features with Liquify
326 Masking a caricature against a new background
327 Shading and sharpening a caricature
328 Drawing a Möbius strip in Illustrator
329 Shading the Möbius strip with gradients
330 Adding twisting edges to the Möbius strip
331 Creating an impossible Penrose triangle
332 Shading the cubes in your Penrose triangle
333 Selectively converting a photo to black & white
334 Straightening and “uncropping” a photo
335 Restoring a missing photograph detail
336 Drawing a hand (clenched in a fist)
337 Cleaning up a sketch captured with a phone
338 Four hands united in brotherhood, solidarity, and teamwork
339 Swapping out colors in existing gradients in Illustrator
340 Select > Focus Area and the pseudo engraving effect
341 Integrating 3D art into a 2D scene in Photoshop
342 Creating a 3D shark in Photoshop
343 Creating a 3D doughnut in Illustrator
344 Creating a golden 3D ring in Illustrator
345 Mapping Elven runes (or text) onto a 3D ring
346 Hand-drawing custom-made letters in Illustrator
347 Drawing letters with curves and holes
348 Enhancing your hand-drawn text in Photoshop
349 Mixing a low-color photo with Camera Raw
350 Mixing a low-color photo with adjustment layers
351 Saving your effect as a color lookup table
352 Extracting a classic painting from its frame
353 Extracting that same painting nondestructively
354 Archiving and enhancing a child’s art
355 Combining a child’s art with a real classic
356 Developing the perfect sunset in Camera Raw
357 Lush landscapes: The real green is yellow
358 Painting away Camera Raw “Clarity halos”
359 Selectively sharpening a stressed photograph
360 Transforming yourself into a Dark Elf
361 Hand-masking the elf against a vivid background
362 Making the Dark Elf that much darker
363 Developing a photograph of The Joker
364 Carving expression lines into The Joker’s face
365 Creating a campaign poster in Illustrator
366 Creating a Prohibition (or Universal No) symbol
367 Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator
368 Creating cool Flame Generator art
369 Setting type on fire with the Flame Generator
370 Blending synthetic flames with type
371 Creating secret-message type in Photoshop
372 Animating a continuously morphing message
373 Creating a piece of Minecraft-inspired art
374 Extruding your Minecraft art into 3D space
375 Adding a big-pixel, Minecraft background
376 Developing the perfect holiday portrait

2013 Techniques
185 Creating a custom 2013 calendar in Illustrator
186 Adding dates to a calendar using tables
187 Branding your calendar with a field of logos
188 Crafting an Infinity symbol to match a specific font
189 Op art experiment 1a: Inflated checkers
190 Op art experiment 1b: Rounded windows
191 Building a universal ISOTYPE man with strokes
192 Building a universal ISOTYPE woman with strokes
193 Drawing an ISOTYPE couple in love
194 Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect
195 Creating a series of Warhol-style variations
196 Adding Warhol-style background variations
197 Creating opaque colored shadows
198 Assembling multiple variations into a single comp
199 Creating a pattern of unique inset circles
200 Changing a static blended color scheme
201 Op art experiment 2a: Undulating pattern
202 Op art experiment 2b: Concentric rings
203 Developing a dramatic castle in Camera Raw
204 Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw
205 Creating an antique photo effect in Camera Raw
206 Adding a weathered old-photo frame effect
207 Drawing an Angry Birds-like character
208 Stroking an entire layer in Illustrator
209 Drawing a classic snarling cartoon face
210 Drawing a radiant, cheerful cartoon background
211 Stroking any kind of type in Illustrator
212 Creating synthetic water droplets
213 Simulating liquid reflections with effect
214 Simulating liquid refractions with a dmap
215 Creating an eye-catching splatter effect
216 Defringing purples and greens in Camera Raw 7
217 Making a danger sign more dangerous
218 Using texture and depth to add realism
219 Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed
220 Creating and importing a tracing template
221 Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character
222 Adding features to the face of a 2D character
223 Creating a vivid aura around an entire character
224 Adding variable-width strokes in Illustrator
225 Animating bird wings with Puppet Warp
226 Animating text by onion skinning in Photoshop
227 Creating an animated movie in Photoshop
228 Exporting an animation to QuickTime and GIF
229 Correcting an underwater photograph
230 Making a photo razor-sharp and porcelain-smooth
231 Reducing noise in a high-ISO shot with Camera Raw
232 Creating highly reflective sunglasses
233 Adding drama to an outdoor portrait shot
234 Creating volumetric forms with shape layers
235 Creating a bloodshot eye effect
236 Shading an image with shapes and layer masks
237 Creating fabric textures with pattern layers
238 Colorize any layer with Color Overlay
239 Turning a portrait into a dot drawing
240 Creating a full-color dot drawing
241 Drawing an orthogonal cube with the line tool
242 Creating a cube of differently colored cubes
243 Recreating the Creative Cloud Logo in Illustrator
244 Creating a psychedelic fabric texture
245 Turning psychedelic fabric into rock letters
246 Creating a more finely rendered dot drawing
247 Converting from RGB to CMYK via Multichannel
248 Creating printer-safe CMYK shadows
249 Creating bright, golden motion trails
250 Creating schematic art with grid
251 Drawing precisely aligned arrowhead
252 Adding arrowheads around a closed path
253 Drawing the Pen tool without touching the Pen tool
254 Merging frames for the best possible UAV photo
255 Retouching details in an aerial landscape
256 Editing a video and adding transitions in Photoshop
257 Importing the quadcopter crash sequences
258 Color correcting a video and adding a soundtrack
259 Adding precisely timed titles to your video
260 Hand-painting an image with a Wacom Cintiq
261 Blending the final false-color artwork
262 Creating a honeycomb pattern in Illustrator
263 Building up strokes to create 3D honeycomb
264 Turning yourself into a zombie
265 Enhancing an ambience environment for the undead
266 Creating dripping, gooey ghost letters
267 Turning type into gooey green slime
268 Creating heavy metal type (updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC)
269 Cleaning up a crummy product shot
270 Scaling and rotating photographic objects
271 Tracing a line drawing with uniform strokes
272 Coloring line art using Live Paint Bucket
273 Creating a pigture using shapes and letters
274 Integrating a cartoon into a photograph
275 Converting a photo into a Lichtenstein drawing
276 Adding bring Ben-Day dots and a talk balloon
277 Painting an eye using a custom brush
278 Painting and smoothing straight-sided brushstrokes
279 Simulating pressure with path outlines
280 Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw
281 Converting from 32-bit to the more flexible 8-bit mode

2012 Techniques
091 Removing people from a photo
092 Masking people back into a photo
093 Hand-painting a mask
094 Masking a real-life shadow
095 Turning a photo into line art
096 Adding a crosshatch shading pattern
097 Creating type that inverts anything behind it
098 Creating auto-inverting line art
099 Creating movie poster credits
100 Creating a dual-focus hybrid image
101 Adding text to a hybrid composition
102 Drawing with the reshape tool
103 Hand-drawing a really great letter
104 Creating a vanity frame
105 Adding a frame to a photograph
106 Drawing a highly graphic explosion with Illustrator
107 Drawing a Ninja Turtle nose
108 Mapping a dog face onto a duck
109 Putting a tongue on a duck
110 Making synthetic lightning in Photoshop
111 Creating a driving rain effect in Photoshop
112 Designing a railroad track
113 Bending the railroad track around curves
114 Creating a Star Wars hologram effect
115 Creating leafy letters
116 Creating topiary type
117 Creating type in grass
118 Rendering type in smoke
119 Rendering type in brushed metal
120 Adding brushed copper effect
121 Reflecting type in water
122 Reflecting water back into type
123 Joining type to a circle
124 Making flared type on a circle
125 Making a person emerge from water
126 Creating progressive water ripples
127 Creating an upside-down face effect
128 Achieving silky smooth skin with retouching
129 Pearly white teeth
130 Head-shrinking
131 Getting a big head
132 Adding a photographic texture to vector type
133 Adding strokes in back of photo type
134 Adding a border to an image in Illustrator
135 Two ways to crop in Illustrator
136 Inventing a 3D temple with a depth map
137 Drawing a 3D object with Curves
138 Creating a superhero shield in Illustrator
139 Turning Illustrator paths into Photoshop shapes
140 Creating a photorealistic superhero shield
141 Pimping your ride in Photoshop
142 Masking and blackening a car
143 Drawing a multi-part vector mask
144 Masking and painting a shadow
145 Integrating blades of grass into tires
146 Making a (ridiculously) dramatic sky
147 Adding flame stripes to a car
148 Creating interlocking octagons in Illustrator
149 Hand-coloring line art
150 Creating a custom wave pattern
151 Simulating a screen print
152 Drawing a perfect linear spiral in Illustrator
153 Drawing a spiraling nautilus shell
154 Designing a hex pattern in Illustrator CS6
155 Making a hex pattern in Illustrator CS5 and earlier
156 Creating a Facebook cover in Photoshop
157 Matching a profile picture to your cover
158 Cloning yourself in Photoshop
159 Lighting the clone party
160 Hand-carving letters into wood
161 Creating a Spirograph-like pattern
162 Tracing scalloped gear teeth around a circle
163 Applying custom carve and shadow styles to type
164 Turning a pencil sketch into digital ink
165 Adding a graph-paper background
166 Creating a continuous single-line Spirograph
167 Scaling circles into complex patterns
168 Creating a money-like design
169 Attack of the killer pumpkin
170 Simulating a glowing Jack-o-lantern
171 The headless stranger in the mist
172 Creating 3D punched letters
173 Designing a double-wave line pattern
174 Assembling a seamless pattern brush
175 Creating a hand turkey in Photoshop
176 Creating a depth-of-field cast shadow
177 Creating a lustrous round jewel
178 Cutting and brushing light on a gem
179 Creating a shiny button with inset text
180 Creating a jaunty six-sided star
181 Interweaving star shapes and adding gradients
182 Casting shadows between interwoven shapes
183 Creating a Hobbit-like text effect
184 Enhancing a landscape photo in Camera Raw 7

2011 Techniques
001 Creating ice type
002 Branding type on a texture
003 Creating an image-branding machine
004 Capturing effects with layer comps
005 Rendering type in gold
006 Creating a hammered metal background
007 Creating heavy metal type
008 Creating a molten letter effect
009 Setting type on fire
010 Using an anti-edge mask
011 Blending textures onto a face
012 Rendering a face as a cave painting
013 Creating a reflection in shattered glass
014 Creating a face in a tree
015 Building a synthetic star field
016 Making 3D type with Repoussé
017 Casting 3D shadows and reflections
018 Adjusting 3D light sources
019 Masking highlights and shadows
020 Masking glass
021 High key high contrast
022 Simulating sub-pixel rendering
023 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Photoshop
024 Fixing chromatic aberrations in Camera Raw
025 Correcting red-eye like a pro
026 Turning a photo into an ink drawing
027 Turning a photo into a pencil sketch
028 Creating a seamlessly repeating pattern
029 Repairing seams in a repeating pattern
030 Creating a 3D pie chart
031 Splitting and modifying 3D meshes
032 Using the Ground Plane Shadow Catcher
033 Creating a talk show-style curtain
034 Assembling a flawless panorama
035 Removing people with image stacks
036 Creative stacking with Maximum and Range
037 Creating synthetic wood grain
038 Making slats of uniquely textured wood
039 Kerning within a single character
040 Creating a raised bevel effect
041 Putting wings on a horse
042 Creating a classic heart in Illustrator
043 Glossing up a heart in Photoshop
044 Shooting and assembling a stereoscopic photo
045 Extending 3D beyond the screen plane
046 Adding stereo 3D text and shapes
047 Tilting text and shapes toward the viewer
048 Creating a shooting star in Illustrator
049 Using blends to draw path outlines
050 Inventing custom starbursts
051 Making a fictional creature
052 Transforming a creature into a monster
053 Capturing a monster in motion
054 Changing the color of a car
055 Painting a colorful car black
056 Coloring the stripes on a zebra
057 Drawing trendy swirls in Illustrator
058 Creating variable-width and brushed swirls
059 Drawing trendy ornaments in Illustrator
060 Designing a magically updating pattern
061 Automatically collapsing a selection
062 Adding a magnifying glass into a design
063 Healing one eye onto another
064 Creating a giant command key
065 Drawing common symbols part 1
066 Drawing common symbols part 2
067 Filtering images with Camera Raw
068 Creating a vivid HDR effect
069 Creating an ambigram in Illustrator
070 Making a two-word ambigram
071 Drawing a Halloween scareflake
072 Creating true clones in Illustrator
073 Taking your scareflakes into Photoshop
074 Making a faux HDR image in Lab
075 Turning a guy into a zombie
076 Miniaturizing the world in Photoshop
077 Creating a synthetic rainbow
078 Casting an artificial shadow from a layer
079 Rendering a portrait in type
080 Rendering a portrait in tile patterns
081 Rotating a pattern layer in Photoshop
082 Tracing an image with path outlines
083 Turning path outlines into a vector mask
084 Drawing rays of light in Photoshop
085 Drawing concentric glow rings
086 Designing an Indiana Jones-style logo
087 Achieving mitered corners in Photoshop
088 Masking with Blunt Instruments in Photoshop
089 Creating a stained-glass ornament
090 Designing a stained-glass window