Paths

Photoshop: Digital Art and Illustration

Authors: Alex Stead, Alex Hernandez, Kurt Jones, Hardy Fowler, Alex Kosakowski, Eddie Russell, Alex Alvarado, Danielle Iyer, Daniel Xiao

This learning path will take you through the entire process of learning digital painting and illustration within Photoshop. You’ll begin by learning about the essential digital... Read more

Beginner

In the first section, we’ll learn about the various tools in Photoshop that are essential for digital painters and illustrators. This will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build your digital illustration skills.

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Getting Started with Digital Painting in Photoshop CC 2014

by Alex Hernandez

Apr 27, 2015 / 3h 53m

Beginner • 3h 53m

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Description

In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll be working to create a digital painting. We'll start by referencing a model and creating a loose sketch based on the pose. Next, we'll add embellishments like gear and hair and fine tune our sketch. Next, we'll work on blocking in colors for our skin and gear. We'll make sure we account for shadows and highlights while we work to blend the skin and create details like the nose and hands. We'll also spend some time adjusting our brush presets to create textures and effects for our painting like trees for our environment. This course will take you from beginning to end for this digital painting project and we'll go over some great techniques for creating a variety of different surfaces and objects. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll have a better understanding for how to tackle a digital painting and how to create and adjust brushes to get the effect you want. Software required: Photoshop CC 2014.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    59s
  2. Getting Started with Digital Painting in Photoshop
    3h 52m 20s
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Fundamentals of Digital Drawing in Photoshop

by Alex Hernandez

Sep 10, 2015 / 1h 50m

Beginner • 1h 50m

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In this series of tutorials, we will talk about a variety of different methods of drawing and also how we can use a digital format to enhance these methods. We will start by getting familiar with the basic lines we can create in Photoshop. We'll then get into some principle techniques for the beginning stages of a creation, like gesture drawing and scribble drawing that allow us to get our ideas down on paper without getting too caught up in minute details. Next, we'll work on some methods of line work, like contour lines, that will help us define the shapes of our drawing. We'll also learn how to use hatching to give our drawing tonal value. Finally, we'll take a look at how we can combine our techniques to produce a composition. This course goes over many techniques that you can use in digital drawing and traditional drawing, and by the end of this course you will have a better understanding of how to create your own digital drawing from beginning to end.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 3s
  2. Fundamentals of Digital Drawing in Photoshop
    1h 49m 14s
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Creative Perspective Techniques for Artists in Photoshop CC

by Alex Hernandez

May 1, 2015 / 1h 33m

Beginner • 1h 33m

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll take a look at how we can draw objects using perspective. We'll start by going over some fundamentals of perspective drawing and terms. We'll take a look at what creates a perspective and also the different types of perspective. Next, we'll reference some photography and learn techniques to find the vanishing point in each shot. Once we have the fundamentals down, we'll begin creating our own perspective drawings. We'll also learn how to space out objects along a trajectory proportionately. We'll finish up by learning how to add true perspective to our sketches of real life objects and also how to match the perspective of an existing environment. This course goes over the techniques for combining digital drawing in Photoshop and traditional perspective drawing. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll have an understanding of 1, 2 and 3-point perspective and will be able to give your digital drawings more realism by following trajectory lines and vanishing points. Software required: Photoshop CC 2014.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 4s
  2. Creative Perspective Techniques for Artists in Photoshop
    1h 32m 19s
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Creating Natural Media Brushes in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Mar 3, 2015 / 1h 2m

Beginner • 1h 2m

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In this Photoshop tutorial you'll learn to create your own custom natural media brushes. Creating a brush that emulates natural media can give your artwork a lot more personality. We'll begin by learning how to create a pencil brush and see how we can use a default brush in Photoshop to help us get started. From here we'll focus on creating both chalk and watercolor brushes. With each brush we'll explore options in the brush panel to help us refine it's functionality and look. We'll also learn how to define, save, and load brush presets. Additionally, we'll practice with each of our brushes on individual projects to gain a stronger sense of how they function and the visual result that follows. After watching this Photoshop training you'll be able to push your own creativity further when it comes to creating brushes for your own projects.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 2s
  2. Creating Natural Media Brushes in Photoshop
    1h 1m 21s

Intermediate

Once we have a strong grasp of the fundamentals, we can now begin exploring the process of drawing common elements such as characters and environments, while also learning about some more advanced workflows that can help you take your skills to the next level.

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Designing Appealing Cartoon Characters in Photoshop

by Eddie Russell

Jan 7, 2013 / 2h 31m

Intermediate • 2h 31m

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We'll get started by exploring three very simple shapes and how they should play a role in every cartoon character we draw. We will start by breaking heads down into these three simple shapes and then move into creating body shapes. From here, we'll begin applying these shapes using three different characters. First, we'll design a cheerful Italian chef. When we are done there, we'll design a bone-headed cowboy sidekick. Finally, we'll create a creepy pirate captain. After completing this course, you'll be well equipped to begin designing highly appealing cartoon characters of your very own. Software required: Photoshop CS6.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m
  2. Designing Appealing Cartoon Characters in Photoshop
    2h 30m 23s
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Drawing the Human Profile and Figure

by Danielle Iyer

Dec 31, 2009 / 1h 3m

Intermediate • 1h 3m

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In this series of lessons, we'll learn many techniques on drawing the difficult subject of the human figure. We'll begin by learning how to draw profiles, both male and female. We'll then dive into the topic of figure, balance, and action which are all important aspects to keep in mind whenever drawing humanoid creatures. We'll then learn a few techniques to quickly give us a foundation to build off of when drawing the human body. Software required: Photoshop.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    11m 43s
  2. Drawing the Human Profile and Figure
    51m 56s
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Lighting Your Illustration with Blending Modes in Photoshop

by Alex Alvarado

Nov 6, 2014 / 2h 2m

Intermediate • 2h 2m

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Throughout this Photoshop tutorial we'll explore a handful of blending modes that artists use on a daily basis to light illustrations. You'll begin to see the flexibility and range that both layer and tool blending modes present. They are powerful tools that deserve a place in every digital artist's tool set. Lighting effects can be tricky, and filters stand out a mile away. But by the end of this Photoshop training, you'll know that with blending modes, the control and look is put back in the hands of the user and end result can be highly effective. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    56s
  2. Lighting Your Illustration with Blending Modes in Photoshop
    2h 1m 35s
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Enhancing Your Concepts with Textures in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Mar 11, 2013 / 2h 49m

Intermediate • 2h 49m

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We'll begin this training by starting with a sketch of our forest creature, along with visualizing the environment that our concept exists in. From there, we'll spend several lessons using some different methods of blocking in textures to develop and evolve the look of our forest creature. As we apply our textures we'll be working in grayscale so that we can focus on maintaining our values first. Once our textures have been blocked in, we'll begin to refine our concept and learn how to apply color. We'll finish our concept by exploring how to place our forest creature into an environment that compliments his appearance. By utilizing the methods of applying textures in this course you'll be able to add more depth and personality to your own concepts. Software required: Photoshop CS6.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 10s
  2. Enhancing Your Concepts with Textures in Photoshop
    2h 48m 36s
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Integrating Photographs into Paintings in Photoshop

by Eddie Russell

Sep 16, 2013 / 3h 8m

Intermediate • 3h 8m

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When it comes to creating believable environment concepts that seamlessly integrate photographs and painting, a lot of artists struggle with how to blend the two. For this reason, this tutorial will take color out of the equation and allow you to focus on simple black and white values as we weave our final scene together. To start out, we will begin to snatch pieces of photographs that are appealing and can be used for our scene. We will learn why these photographs were selected and how we can use them to block in the land masses and some of the architectural elements for our concept. From here we will begin painting to blend things together. We'll add in some rock structures as well as modify some of the architecture. Along the way, you'll pick up some valuable tips for using adjustment layers to modify values and for adding details to our painting that will distract a viewers eye and lead it through the composition. After finishing this course, you will have learned some great tools and techniques for blending photographs seamlessly into your paintings. Software required: Photoshop CC v14.0.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 16s
  2. Integrating Photographs into Paintings in Photoshop
    3h 7m 10s

Advanced

The advanced-level tutorials are intended to help you overcome real-world tasks and scenarios that you are likely to face as a digital illustrator. You will learn advanced techniques for creature painting, how to paint environments with faster precision and detail, and how to develop art for specific industry needs.

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Using the 3D Capabilities of Photoshop for Concept Art

by Alex Alvarado

Jul 6, 2014 / 3h 6m

Advanced • 3h 6m

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During this course we'll go over using 3D that has been created both outside and inside Photoshop. We'll go over the importing process as well as the tools necessary to navigate the 3D space. Additionally, we'll go over how to create simple 3D objects using Photoshop's built-in presets as well as from your own artwork. Finally we'll build a final illustration that uses all of the techniques we've discussed to this point. Photoshop's 3D capabilities are a powerful tool anyone can introduce into their current workflow.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 19s
  2. Using the 3D Capabilities of Photoshop for Concept Art
    3h 4m 56s
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Quick and Effective Environment Illustration in Photoshop

by Alex Kosakowski

May 6, 2014 / 2h 24m

Advanced • 2h 24m

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Throughout these lessons we go through the very exciting process of creating environment illustrations. We will begin by blocking in each of the major shapes in their own layers, and then refine them to become the foundation of our image. We'll then block in colors and textures into the background, middle ground, and foreground layers. We'll complete the process of illustration by establishing a focal point and rendering our painting to an appropriate finish. By the end of this training, you'll understand the importance of staying focused on the procedures and steps used to create a quick and effective environment illustration. Software required: Photoshop CS4.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    54s
  2. Quick and Effective Environment Illustration in Photoshop
    2h 23m 43s
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Advanced Creature-painting Techniques in Photoshop

by Hardy Fowler

Sep 30, 2015 / 1h 57m

Advanced • 1h 57m

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll learn how to paint compelling and great-looking characters. We'll address a wide variety of common painting challenges that character artists encounter by painting three separate characters. Along the way, we'll cover everything from painting realistic musculature and eyes to creating believable cloth and metal textures. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll be able to take your own character sketches and polish them into professional-level, marketable assets. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    54s
  2. Advanced Creature-painting Techniques in Photoshop
    1h 56m 58s
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Drawing Storyboards for the Entertainment Industry in Photoshop

by Alex Stead

Jul 10, 2015 / 2h 32m

Advanced • 2h 32m

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Throughout these lessons, we'll learn how to set up a Photoshop document for a set of sequential images before creating thumbnails of our screenplay for director approval. We'll learn some of the technical jargon used in the film industry related to different types of camera shots and how to set up our perspective for each of those angles. We'll cover basic poses used most frequently in storyboarding: walking, standing, and sitting as well as some action poses. We'll take a storyboard frame through to it's conclusion, finessing the drawing and adding some shading for mood and suggested lighting. By the end of the tutorial, you should have a clear understanding of how storyboards are created. Software required: Photoshop CS5.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    1m 5s
  2. Drawing Storyboards for the Entertainment Industry in Photoshop
    2h 30m 57s
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Rapid Concept Illustration for AAA Productions in Photoshop

by Daniel Xiao

May 20, 2015 / 4h 20m

Advanced • 4h 20m

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Description

This course is designed to walk you through the process of creating complex concept illustrations rapidly and efficiently. In today's AAA production environment, concept artists are expected to be able to create highly polished, detailed pieces in as little as a single day. In order to meet these demands, artists must learn new techniques for planning and organizing their workflow so that their files remain easily editable and lightweight throughout the course of production. This course starts at the initial block-in phase and takes you through the entire process of designing and rendering a concept piece, resulting in a finalized concept illustration in just a few hours. Software required: Photoshop CS6.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview
    51s
  2. Rapid Concept Illustration for AAA Productions in Photoshop
    4h 19m 58s

What you will learn

  • Perspective
  • Photoshop brushes
  • Blend modes
  • Layer styles
  • Photo manipulation
  • Storyboarding
  • 3D layers
  • Figure drawing
  • Masking
  • Advanced painting techniques

Pre-requisites

None.

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