Paths

Photoshop: Digital Art and Illustration

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

Fundamentals of Digital Drawing in Photoshop

by Alex Hernandez

Sep 10, 2015 / 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 Overview1m
  2. Fundamentals of Digital Drawing in Photoshop1h 49m

Creative Perspective Techniques for Artists in Photoshop CC

by Alex Hernandez

May 1, 2015 / 1h 33m

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 Overview1m
  2. Creative Perspective Techniques for Artists in Photoshop1h 32m

Creating Natural Media Brushes in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Mar 3, 2015 / 1h 2m

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 Overview1m
  2. Creating Natural Media Brushes in Photoshop1h 1m

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.

Designing Appealing Cartoon Characters in Photoshop

by Eddie Russell

Jan 7, 2013 / 2h 31m

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 Overview1m
  2. Designing Appealing Cartoon Characters in Photoshop2h 30m

Drawing the Human Profile and Figure

by Danielle Iyer

Dec 31, 2009 / 1h 3m

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 Overview11m
  2. Drawing the Human Profile and Figure51m

Lighting Your Illustration with Blending Modes in Photoshop

by Alex Alvarado

Nov 6, 2014 / 2h 2m

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 Overview0m
  2. Lighting Your Illustration with Blending Modes in Photoshop2h 1m

Enhancing Your Concepts with Textures in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Mar 11, 2013 / 2h 49m

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 Overview1m
  2. Enhancing Your Concepts with Textures in Photoshop2h 48m

Integrating Photographs into Paintings in Photoshop

by Eddie Russell

Sep 16, 2013 / 3h 8m

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 Overview1m
  2. Integrating Photographs into Paintings in Photoshop3h 7m

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.

Using the 3D Capabilities of Photoshop for Concept Art

by Alex Alvarado

Jul 6, 2014 / 3h 6m

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 Overview1m
  2. Using the 3D Capabilities of Photoshop for Concept Art 3h 4m

Quick and Effective Environment Illustration in Photoshop

by Alex Kosakowski

May 6, 2014 / 2h 24m

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 Overview0m
  2. Quick and Effective Environment Illustration in Photoshop2h 23m

Advanced Creature-painting Techniques in Photoshop

by Hardy Fowler

Sep 30, 2015 / 1h 57m

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 Overview0m
  2. Advanced Creature-painting Techniques in Photoshop1h 56m

Drawing Storyboards for the Entertainment Industry in Photoshop

by Alex Stead

Jul 10, 2015 / 2h 32m

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 Overview1m
  2. Drawing Storyboards for the Entertainment Industry in Photoshop2h 30m

Rapid Concept Illustration for AAA Productions in Photoshop

by Daniel Xiao

May 20, 2015 / 4h 20m

4h 20m

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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 Overview0m
  2. Rapid Concept Illustration for AAA Productions in Photoshop4h 19m

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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