Photoshop for Illustrators I: Workspace, Layers, and Drawing

Matt Kaufenberg, Freelance Illustrator

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13 Lessons (1h 48m)
    • 1. Trailer

      0:54
    • 2. Photoshop for Illustrators

      2:50
    • 3. Settings

      12:11
    • 4. Creating a New Document

      4:21
    • 5. Exploring Your Workspace

      15:18
    • 6. Layers Part 1

      11:14
    • 7. Layers Part 2

      5:16
    • 8. Layers Part 3

      7:55
    • 9. Layers Part 4

      8:28
    • 10. Selection Tools

      12:31
    • 11. Lasso Tool

      5:10
    • 12. Drawing Tools Part 1

      9:56
    • 13. Drawing Tools Part 2

      11:30
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Project Description

Set up your Photoshop workspace and create a basic drawing

Introduction

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop

    If you don't have Adobe Photoshop you can download a free trial at Adobe.

Settings and Document Setup

  1. Set your preferences

    Open Photoshop and set your preferences for your work environment. Start by going to Edit > Preferences > General, or hitting the hot key cntrl/command + K.

  2. Create a new file

    Open a new document in Photoshop. 

Exploring the Photoshop Workspace

  1. Explore the workspace

    Become familiar with the workspace. Browse through the toolbar and play with the options covered.

Working with Layers

  1. Download the “Shape Friends” psd file

    Download and open the psd file attached below. You will be using it for your project.

  2. Experiment with the different layer options.

    Execute the different masking and layering excersizes that have been demonstrated. Create new layers and fills, clipping masks, layer masks, and folders.

Selection Tools

  1. Explore selections tools

    Practice using the various selection tools. Start with the general "Move" tool and use it to move single and grouped items. Create multiple selections by using "Add Selection". Use the Elliptical tool to create round selections, or try applying a different feathering setting to round the corners of your selection tool.

  2. Use the lasso tool

    Use the different forms of the lasso tool, including: default, polygonol, and magnetic. 

    Become familiar with the shortcut keys for each tool, to speed up your workflow.

Drawing Tools

  1. Draw with the brush tool

    Use the brush tool to draw on your image. Try customizing your brush with the brush options tool. Remember the benefit of zooming in when drawing lines. The eyedropper tool is helpful in selecting colors.

  2. Use the pencil tool

    Use the pencil tool to draw. Get familiar with shortcut keys for each tool to speed up your workflow. Use the bucket tool to fill in and shapes that you make, or color them in by hand. 

    Photoshop shortcuts

  3. Share your drawing

    Upload and share the drawing you made with your classmates. Explain which tools you used to create it.

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