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Creating Quick Digital Illustrations on Photoshop (Even Without a Graphics Tablet)

Dilara Arin

Creating Quick Digital Illustrations on Photoshop (Even Without a Graphics Tablet)

Dilara Arin

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7 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Planning and Sketching

    • 3. Pen Tool

    • 4. Using Layers

    • 5. Shading and Textures

    • 6. A Quick Background

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

This class will help you develop a good understanding of some techniques that will speed up your illustration process using Photoshop. The skills taught in this class is especially suited for aspiring comic artists or people who are looking for simple techniques to quickly create illustrations even without a graphics tablet.

This class is for beginners with a little bit of knowledge of Photoshop or any other digital art software but intermediate level artists might find some of the tips useful as well. 

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my class, creating quick digital illustrations using the shop even without a graphics tablets. My name is Larry. I love the Base Children's writer illustrator on Public Maker. In my various projects, I wrote and illustrated a Children's book of selling space Bears the Dark tables hoping cat books on Children's books, animals, Wyckoff Tons on Gold, Gold, Gold. In this class, you will learn about setting up their projects, using the pencil or both, throwing on coloring in your illustrations, using layer logs and letting molds and various other tips and tricks that will speed up the registration process. It's perfect for projects like Whipped Comics, illustrations on the short that line or any other work that needs to be done weekly. Here are some examples My administration's using this technique, these losses for beginning to meet your level, but you should be so you never know even more season that my finds from tips that they have overlooked before. So I feel really join me and let's begin 2. Planning and Sketching: Andi. Let's begin amusing for the shop Creative Cloud. But pull off the things I'm going to show you in this class can be done in all the previous for trip versions as well. Let's go filed. New. I find it's always good practice to work with 300 FBI in case I would like to get my illustration printed later on, even if it is initially intended for reviews. So it changed the resolution to 300 and also for the same reason I go for really large scale compasses. I usually use these print templates off for the shop, but for now I will have it smaller, maybe 1000 by 1000 pixels. Also, if you post a lot on Instagram like I do, it's good to go for a square cameras on Great. Now let's sketch out everything on decides what goes where. So let's create a new layer for the shop. Creative Cloud has the's great inbuilt brushes from Kyle T. Webster. If you go brush is dry media brushes. There are very nice ones to sketch with here. Just play around with them and see what you're most comfortable with. I'll pick Carlton Pencil heart quite like that one. You can also create your own brushes or use one off the general brushes, maybe with hard round brush, maybe change soft brush that things are. It's also good for sketching, but I like the pencil texture, so let's go with this. I'm going to sketch now. But if you don't have a graphics tablet, just get something on a piece of paper and scan it or even take a photo fit with the camera or your smartphone. Because for this class we don't really need a high quality image for your sketch and your sketch doesn't need to be clean or tidy. Just a rough one will do. This is based on a very old illustration of mine. Here we go, one grumpy cats and there we go. So finish older sketches, scanned them in if you need to, and let's go on to the next step 3. Pen Tool: if you have skinned in your sketches when you open it and for the shop it will show as a background layer, you won't be able to move it around easily, so go ahead and right click on it. Andi layer from background and create another layer to work on. If you want your sketch there on top, have the blending mold as multiply so that it is transparent. Other than your sketch on everything you do underneath shows, I'll just go back to the sketch I drew on photo shop. Create a new layer under your sketch layer. Get your pencil either from hair or by pressing. P. Pencil basically works by connecting anchor points designated by you to create parts. Say, if I put just four points there, I can create the square. When you come to the first point you created, you will see an O sign appear, and when you click it, it closes that puff. You can adjust this shape by moving around. These anchor points you can select multiple points is all. You can also create curves with the pen tal. Just click and create your starting point. Next, you click and drag until you have this path where you want these anchor points help you adjust the shape off your path to control them. Picked a direct selection tool. If you're on your pencil, just press control or command to access the direct selection tool. Now, sometimes the pencil creates this curve, going a certain direction because it follows on from the puff you drawn, but it may go against the line off your drawing, so to break that curve in the path just under press Ault and click on your last anchor points where you would like it to go the opposite direction. This allows your path to a sort off start a brand new course, so just trace around the sketch. This way. Just make sure you trace around the shape outlines rather than details. We will get into details later. Now that we have a puff for the girl's hair, let's fill it in with a block color. Make sure you're on the right layer. Oops, I have a rogue layer Here, Let me get rid of it. I will rename my layers, pick the color, then with your pencil, right click Philp off. There are many options here, but for now, we will just use foreground color. Press okay and have a go. Don't read that path just yet. We still need it. This is my favorite part off the petal. Now. Create any layer. Call it outline. I picked just black for my outlines. For now, I can always change it later. Now let's go to the brush tool. Go to brushes. You can pick any brush you like. Here. I will go for something that I like for outlining. Like what? Media brushes, Kyle. Ultimate thinking, thinking. Ethan, go to brush savings shape dynamics. Make sure the control is on pen pressure on. Let's put the minimum diameter to somewhere around 50%. Now go back to your pen tool. Right. Click. Stroke path. You can pick various tools, but for this pick brush and make sure simulate Pressure is checked. Click. OK, there we go. As you can see, the brush stroke has followed all around the puff. Now, I don't like this. I wanted to look more natural, and I want all off the separate curves to have their own breaststroke. So under that stroke, what I do to change this is pick their ex election to again select all the parts off the path that I want to assign a breast stroke. Andi. Cut and paste them separately. Select control or command X to cut and control or command V to paste in place again. Here, I want this curve as one stroke, but it's made of two parts, so make sure to select the anchor point in the middle to cut those two parts together as one path. Now that older parts are separate, stroke puff again. There we go. It looks more natural now. In the next class, we will look into layers on finished drawing and coloring in our illustration. 4. Using Layers: and the important point when working this way is to think in terms off layers. Now, when we look at the sketch, we can see layers on top of each other. There is a hair off the girl under that, the girl's head under that, the cat said, than the girl's arms. Then the cat's body under that, the girl's body and finally, her legs. So I'll create my layers and name them to free to have as many or as little layers as you like. I will keep only one outline there because I'm working in. There's I don't need to be too careful with these paths, other than the bits that will also be used for the outlines. So I will create the path for the girl's head. Keep on Lee the parts off the puff that I need for the outline and delayed the rest. Then I go to the outline layer and strip off. I do this for every separate layer on each time. Go back to the outline there to a stroke path. Now let's at the facial features. I don't need very accurate lines for the shoe laces. In fact, I would like them to be quite roughly drawn, so I will use the freedom pentacle here. Two drove them on. If I want to, I could still modify them with anchor points. Go back to the regular pen tal, Mr these whiskers. I'll create a separate layer for the hands as well. Do the same for them chubby fingers. And finally, I will add some details for the outline. When a path is selected, you can use your pencil to add or remove anchor points from that path, and it's them. In the next class, we will look into shading and using layer lock and blending modes. 5. Shading and Textures: Now that we have a colored an outline to illustration, it is time to give it some texture and shading. There are lots of different ways to shade. Of course, I would generally do it like this, for I looked the layer and use a soft and texture brush with a low capacity because I looked layer. It keeps everything I do within the pixels that are already on that layer. And just like this, I create a smooth shading. But as this class is all about creating administration quickly, I will show you the quickest way to shade. Now select all the layers that have the block colors in, then press control or command G to group them all. So this is all the colors now. Create a new layer, right click create clipping musk. This, like a layer look, will keep everything. I drove within the pixels that are already on the layers in that group. So I changed the blending mode off this new layer to multiply. I will go for a light gray color and a hard round brush. You can shade it as you like with the brush tool, or you can use your pencil again, especially if you're not using your graphics of it, and you get quite a need shading if you like. You can make the shades a bit darker by picking a darker gray look that layer and fill with the paint buckets, and then you can do almost the same to do your highlights, so create a new layer and create clipping mosque. PK liked yellow color and this time said the blending mold to overlay This is a bit too strong, so I'll change the color. Okay, okay, I think this is too harsh for the highlights, so I decided to do this with a soft brush. There we go. That's much better. You can raise some bits with the razor to. Same goes for the shades. If you think they're too harsh, you can raise them or just throw them with a soft brush. From the beginning, you can add as many layers like this is you, like maybe at some highlights. I also want to add some pinkish hues on their faces, just going to fix thes isa bits. Okay, now we will add some texture. There are a lot off ways to do textures as well but for this we will use the same way as a shading. So create a new layer. Create clipping mosque picked a great color. Use any brush your like or you can create your own brushes. There are some special effects brushes here. You can modify these brushes, go to Brest. Sittings changed the shape, dynamics, spacing. Just play around. Let's set it to multiply. I decided. I only want this texture to apply to the hair so I will take this texture and put it onto both hair layer on Craig clipping mask. Let's put some patterns down. Give her some stripes, said the blending moto overlay. Let's give her top of flower pattern. And now the cat I think he needs some for. If you're not working with a graphic, sub it, don't worry about this. Of course, you can do this with the pencil is well, but it might take some time. Maybe find some for text your online or take a photo off your cat's fur on imported to for the shop and use it with a clipping mosque on the cats color layer. If you want to have a little variety in the fur colors, look that layer. Use a soft round brush and pick a light color in the foreground. Color on a dark color in the background color. When you press X, you can switch between the foreground and the background colors, so just go along like this. Have as much variety as you like. Make him into a rainbow cat. If you wish, we can give her hair a bit more texture, too. You can leave the outlines black if you like, or you can color them toe. I like to color them in color, similar to the color they're outlining. It's all done. Now let's just give this a background. 6. A Quick Background: You can use the same technique using the pencil to create the background. Or, if you wanted to be really quick, you can use the lesser tool. Let's have a little park in the background. By pressing shift, you can select more areas. Let's put a little bush here. As you can see, I'm not a toll trying to be accurate here. That's what Pantelis for maybe some flowers here and there. Let's shade the background with a soft round brush. This group everything in the backgrounds. New layer, create clipping, mosque multiply. This will pop the characters out some highlights. I'm not very happy about the shape off the ground, so I'm going toe. Create a mosque on that layer, get the black color so everywhere you draw with black on that mosque will be transparent, and everywhere in white will be visible. Ali is the pencil right click. Make selection and fill it with black. Let's move everything down to the middle of the cameras. David. Go when you get really comfortable with this technique, you'll be able to finish illustrations like this in 10 minutes 7. Final Thoughts: just to summarize what I did for things that needed accuracy. Like the outlines on the color blocks, I used the pen tal to create shapes quickly, like in the background are used, the less it'll for shading and textures and patterns are used. Clipping mosques and blending modes, especially multiply and overlay. But please go ahead and try other ones, too. By the way, I can't emphasize enough how much it speeds up your work process to use keyboard shortcuts . Just spend some time learning them, and they will stay with you forever. If you go and hover over the tools, you can see their keyboard shortcuts next to them like less a tool is L. Eyedropper is I brush Tool is be etcetera. I'll be very happy to see what you create. And if you like you some feedback, so feel free to upload any process fine administrations to the Project gallery, Thank you for which is my clothes, and I can't wait to see all the registrations