Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

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16 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Introduction and Welcome

    • 2. What Sorts of Digital Paintings Can You Make in Photoshop? Let Us Count the Ways

    • 3. Learn or Review Setting Up a New File and Choosing Important Document Settings03setupnewfile

    • 4. Get the Rundown on Important Windows, Tools, and Brushes in Photoshop

    • 5. Introducing My Good Friend the Mixer Brush Tool

    • 6. Not Your Average Eraser. Painterly Ways to Use This Common Tool in Photoshop

    • 7. Ready? Let's Start By Placing a Photo, Modyfying It, and Saving As

    • 8. Time to Add Our Underpainting. Let's Roll.

    • 9. Now Let's Add an Overpainting (You Can Have as Many of These As You Want)

    • 10. Line It Up! Adding a Black Line Drawing Layer to the Mix

    • 11. Deconstruction Time. Erase and Eat Into the Original Photograph

    • 12. Polishing and Finishing Up: Using Sponge, Dodge, and Burn Tools to Finalize

    • 13. Advanced Ways of Working With These Techniques: Case Study- Childrens' Book Art

    • 14. Under the Hood: Inside a Lori Leak Illustration (Case Study)

    • 15. How to Easily Cut, Paste, and Collage Photos Into Your Images in Photoshop

    • 16. Thank You For Taking This Course!


About This Class

This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom digital paintings and illustrations using Adobe Photoshop (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes that look professional and can be used online, in videos and animations, or for print purposes such as on a poster, letterhead, even a T-shirt or other products.

Please note that free 30 day trial versions of Photoshop are available for download from Adobe's website.

Save money making your own unique digital images and illustrations (and stop paying others to do them for you) and develop skills that can help you start making money creating professional-looking images for others. You can also use these simple techniques to make unique images and illustrations as free gifts for friends and family.

You also don't need to know how to draw. There are actually a HUGE number of graphic designers who CAN NOT draw... but they make up for it by using techniques like the ones in this course and naturally, learning more about layout design, composition, color, typography, and other fundamentals of visual literacy.

You can decide how much time you will spend on each image which will then affect your end results. As you do more and more, you can be cranking these out in a matter of minutes and could actually make a little illustration/digital painting business creating these for others on websites like Fiverr, Elance, and other freelancing websites.

I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have over 15 years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.
Take this course and let's get started building your digital painting, software, and design skills today.