The Best of Both Worlds: Leveraging Photoshop and Illustrator In Your Work

, Illustrator • Designer • Anthropomorphizer

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Miki Masuda

Miki Masuda


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Fred Kucia


Emily Balsley

Emily Balsley


Class Project

Illustrate your favorite city

About the Class

Customize your Adobe workflow. Uncover possibilities.

The vector artwork of Adobe Illustrator is easier to use than raster, but sometimes you want to liven up your work with a bit of texture. Get the best of both.

In this class, we'll explore ways to use Illustrator and Photoshop in tandem, using tools from custom brushes to Smart Objects. You'll still retain your original vector art in case you need to make changes (your textures won't actually be integrated into the artwork). With masks and adjustments layers, you'll never worry about making a change you can't undo! It's a world of new possibility.

Learn by doing.

Here's you project: Pick your favorite city and start sketching. What is it you like most about this place? The buildings? The food? The people? There's no one way to illustrate a city. Once you have your vision, use class techniques to infuse your voice and style.

What You'll Learn

  • Concepting. Brainstorm and sketch out your ideas.
  • Creating vector artwork. Trace your sketches in Illustrator while carefully considering line and shape.
  • Custom brushes. Create custom art brushes in Illustrator and apply them to your vector artwork.
  • Textures. Create, scan, and manipulate various textures in Photoshop.
  • Moving to Photoshop. Consider the best way to move your vector art into Photoshop—as a whole or piecemeal—and start applying your custom textures.

More Information

Students will need access to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. A Free trial can be downloaded at A working knowledge of both programs is necessary. This class will focus on expanding your Photoshop and Illustrator skills—and how you use the two together—in your own rad illustration voice/style. This class won't teach you how to illustrate. Embrace your own style and run with it!

Level: Beginner

School: Design

Related Subjects: Illustration, Digital Illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

At a Glance

  • 6 Video Lessons (1h 14m)
  • 1.6K Students
  • 100% Positive Reviews (23)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Lydia Nichols

Lydia Nichols

Illustrator • Designer • Anthropomorphizer

I'm Lydia—an East Coast-based illustrator with a penchant for design and type. The best days include drawing cheerfully anthromoporphized animals and housewares.  Clients include: Goog...

100% Positive Reviews

Brit Zerbo

Brit Zerbo

This class so well thought out and I enjoyed it thoroughly the entire time! Lydia is extremely knowledgable and open to experimentation! Highly recommend!

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