A Make Believe Reality: Digital Drawing on Photography with Photoshop

Mimi Chao, story + illustration | mimochai.com

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6 Videos (37m)
    • Hello! (Intro/Trailer)

    • What You'll Make and Learn

    • Step 1: Selecting a Photo

    • Step 2: Edit Your Photo

    • Step 3: Sketch Your Scene

    • Step 4: Edit Your Drawing

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About This Class

Learn how to use Photoshop to draw on top of photography! Along the way, you'll not just create your own Make Believe Reality photo, but you'll learn all sorts of Photoshop shortcuts and hotkeys as well as functions like Transform, Masking, Blending, and much more.

Background: One of my more popular series of posts on Instagram (@mimochai) involves drawing a whimsical character/scene on top of my own photography. I call it "a make believe reality." People often ask me how I do them, and it's really quite simple! I'm excited to show everyone how to make their own so they can create their own worlds on their favorite photographs.

In this class, I'll take you through my steps and give you some ideas to create your own magical worlds on your favorite pictures.


You'll need access to a program that has layer editing capabilities such as Photoshop or iPad apps like Sketchbook Pro, ProCreate, Sketches, etc. Some basic knowledge of how to use these programs is needed.

136 of 138 students recommendSee All

Excellent instructor and lessons. I loved this class!
Mimi speaks a wee bit fast and the sound changes a bit, but she's a great instructor and her classes really nail very specific interests that I have. Totally recommend them.
It's a fun class and very insightful. Mimi makes adorable characters and explains very well!
Anto Galfrascoli

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Mimi Chao

story + illustration | mimochai.com