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A Make Believe Reality: Digital Drawing on Photography with Photoshop

Mimi Chao, story + illustration |

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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


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.

103 of 105 students recommendSee All

Really nice introduction to digital line drawings
This was a super cute class. Mimi inspired me to purchase my first drawing tablet! (I'm a writer who's looking to tap back into my creativity through drawing -- and this is such a fun project.) I already have basic PS knowledge, but her lessons are very clear and I learned some new tips. I can't wait until my tablet gets here so I can play around even more with my sketches. (This is doable with my mac trackpad, but my sketches definitely look pretty wobbly.) I'm about to look, but I hope Mimi has other classes!
This was a super fun, whimsical class with lots of practical Photoshop help. She's a great teacher, and I'm inspired!





Mimi Chao

story + illustration |