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Photoshop for Illustrators III: Color and Texture

Matt Kaufenberg, Freelance Illustrator

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9 Videos (45m)
    • Trailer

    • The Importance of Color

    • Color Swatches

    • Brushes and Paint

    • Selections

    • Shape Tools

    • How to Make Color Adjustments

    • Adding Texture

    • Closing Remarks


About This Class

Color is regarded as one of the most important aspects of illustration because it conveys so much. Moods, time periods, and feelings are all evoked by the colors we see.

In this final of my three-class Photoshop for Illustrators series, I’ll take you through different coloring techniques you can use in Photoshop. I’ll also cover texturing and color adjustments for adding that vintage vibe to your illustration.

Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to make your own artistic and creative decisions. What color palette will you choose?

This three-part series will take you through the fundamental features of Photoshop that illustrators use. This series was created specifically to help aspiring illustrators learn the basics of Photoshop without having to go through tools that don’t apply to their work. Photoshop is the most versatile program for creating artwork because of its ability to combine raster and vector images, and this is the series to help you maximize and master its essential tools.

Also see: Photoshop for Illustrators I: Workspace, Layers, and Drawing and Photoshop for Illustrators III: Color and Texture.

What You’ll Learn

  • Color Palettes. You’ll create your own color palette, selecting the colors you want to use in your illustration.
  • Coloring Tools. You’ll learn how to start adding color to your illustration using tools we’ve covered.
  • Color Adjustments. You’ll learn different methods for adjusting the colors in your illustration.
  • Texture. You’ll learn best practices for incorporating textures into your illustration with Photoshop.

What You’ll Do

  • Project Deliverable. Color an illustration using Photoshop.
  • Description. Share the illustration you made with your classmates. Explain the tools you used to create it.
  • Specs. Feel free to use an illustration from a previous class, your own work, or the files provided in the resource section.

97 of 101 students recommendSee All

Superb Class Series. Thanks Matt K. An excellent teacher - increased my understanding of how Photoshop actually works 100 times over!! Hello from Duluth to you Matt K!
Linda Naughton

Designer, Maker, Chipmunk Whisperer

Great class! I got everything I need to know for coloring in Photoshop. Thank you Matt!





Matt Kaufenberg

Freelance Illustrator

Matt Kaufenberg is a freelance illustrator from Alexandria, Minnesota. Originally working as freelance graphic designer after college, he eventually decided to pursue a career in illustration, always his true passion.

For over two years, he has had the pleasure of illustrating some fantastic projects and working with companies such as Target, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, and more. He is influenced by artists from the 60's and 70's, especially children's book illustrators.


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