Adobe Photoshop: Squeaky Clean Edges in Your Drawings

Jörn Heidrath, Illustrator & Digital Artist

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10 Videos (17m)
    • Intro

      2:15
    • Why Keeping Your Edges Clean is Important

      2:10
    • Blocking in Colors with the Lasso Tool

      1:36
    • Blocking in Colors with the Path Tool

      2:00
    • Lock Transparent Pixels

      1:10
    • Clipping Masks

      2:04
    • Creating Selections from Layer Transparencies

      1:54
    • Saving & Loading Selections

      1:13
    • Working with Layer Masks

      1:47
    • Conclusion & Class Project

      0:54

About This Class

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When creating simple and fun illustrations in Photoshop, it is important to keep a clean and concise look to your forms so you can work loosely and freely without worrying about whether it will impact your drawing’s neat look!

In this class, you will learn different tools to block in colors with sharp, clean edges and a variety of methods you can use in order to make your pixels stay where they belong.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Blocking in colors with the lasso (yes, the lasso) tool
  • Using vector masks to block in more challenging forms
  • Working with layer masks
  • Manipulating and combining selections in order to make all kinds of new selections
  • Saving and loading selections for later use
  • Using clipping masks all of the time
  • What to do when you made a mistake

After you completed this class, your project will be to make your own little monster using the techniques you’ve learned to make it squeaky clean!


Attention: Previous knowledge with Adobe Photoshop is required, especially when it comes to working with layers, but don’t worry, we’ll keep it beginner-friendly at all times!

17 of 18 students recommendSee All

Good information presented in an "understandable" way! Looking forward to many more of your classes! Excellent presentation!!
Julie Hansen

Illustration, Surface Pattern Design, Watercolor

This was very helpful and to the point. Thank you. :)
That Vector Mask tip is priceless!
Mira Metzler

I Teach Makeup @Skillshare

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Jörn Heidrath

Illustrator & Digital Artist

After working many years as a web developer and only drawing in the evening (and way too late into the night), Jörn has decided to start being honest to himself and create a life that is more full of art.

His favorite genre to draw is fantasy, and he is happiest when he can draw object like weapons or magic potions and get lost in the details.

Living in Cologne, Germany has given Jörn a funny accent, and he loves coffee, board games, and heavy metal music.