Photoshop Painting - A Glass of Iced Coffee

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10 Videos (2h 21m)
    • All This From a Hard Round Brush?

    • Initial Lay-in

    • Initial Color Rough-in

    • Refining. Watch, Skim Through or Skip Over

    • More. Watch, Skim Through or Skip Over

    • Getting Progressively More Detailed

    • Further Along. Skim Through or Skip Over

    • And More...

    • Further...

    • ...and Finally


About This Class


In this class we are going to use Photoshop to paint a glass of iced coffee using essentially traditional techniques.

The dark liquid, the ice and the glass present some interesting materials to paint, but painters approach all materials regardless of how they appear with the same mental toolset. 

We are going to use a single brush: a hard, round brush with pressure-sensitive opacity with which we will blend and build up color density.

We are going to start out simply and as we work we will constantly ask ourselves:

What do we now have? (which way are we going?)

What do we want to have? (toward where do we want to go?)

How do we move the painting from where it is toward where we want it to be? (how shall we steer?)

These questions will form the basis for our working method. Before we can steer a car in the right direction we must first get it moving. Even if it is initially moving backwards.

So lets jump in and start moving! Even if it is initially in the wrong direction. We will steer as we go, but we can't steer a parked car.

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As a beginner in digital painting, I found this helpful. I liked how he began with guide lines on an above layer and used those marks for measuring. It was also good to see the realistic amount of time it takes to work on a painting instead of having it sped up, however, it was difficult to watch for so long with little to listen to. If I were to offer a suggestion, it would be to narrate over the footage with some additional thoughts or encouragements to make it worth listening to.





Joseph Francis

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I started in New York at what is now called RGA Digital Studios, but was then called R/Greenberg Associates. I've worked at many of the top motion graphics and title design companies including yU+Co and Imaginary Forces, and with top creative directors including Kyle Cooper (Prologue).

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