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[FREE] Photoshop: Emulate Traditional Media in Your Linework

Jörn Heidrath, Illustrator & Digital Artist

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9 Videos (26m)
    • Intro

    • Preparing Your Sketch

    • Drawing From the Shoulder

    • Shoot for the Moon

    • Keeping Texture

    • Ghosting

    • Linework with the Path Tool

    • Finishing your Linework

    • Outro


About This Class

What You'll Learn

One of Photoshop's most amazing features for creating digital drawings is the possibility to influence how your brush tool works.
This becomes particularly exciting when you use Photoshop to emulate traditional drawing media, like for example pencil, watercolor, ink or brush pen.

In this free and short class, I want to show you how you can use your standard brush tool to give your linework a more textured and nuanced look and how to make people swear that your lines were actually drawn on paper.

What You'll Need

Not that much, actually. If you want to replicate the work I do in this class exactly, you will need the "Megapack" from Kyle T. Webster. Kyle makes the most amazing brushes for emulating traditional media in Photoshop, and I highly recommend getting this pack. At the time of this writing, the Megapack costs $15.

If you don't want to spend that money on brushes right now, I can totally get that, in which case, a quick Google search will ensure that you start this class with traditional brushes that totally suit your style.


In the class project, you will find the "Layer Mask & Fill" Photoshop action I use in the class, as well as the sketch of the penguin I use as an example.

10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Thanks for the class! Very effective method, I am glad to add it to my toolkit :)
Mira Metzler

Beauty. Illustration

Excellent teacher. I have learned many valuable tips - the information on ghosting was very helpful.
Great information and presentation. Looking forward to many more of your videos, especially drawing out the cuties and coloring! Thanks!!
Julie Hansen

Illustration, Surface Pattern Design, Watercolor





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), J?rn 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 J?rn a funny accent, and he loves coffee, board games, and heavy metal music.

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