The Best of Both Worlds: Leveraging Photoshop and Illustrator In Your Work

Lydia Nichols, Illustrator • Designer • Anthropomorphizer

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6 Videos (1h 14m)
    • Concepting: Choose a City and Sketching

      2:59
    • Scan and prep your sketch, then trace in Illustrator.

      9:30
    • Create Custom Illustrator Brushes

      30:20
    • Create Textures

      3:31
    • Place vector art into Photoshop.

      7:31
    • Applying textures in Photoshop.

      20:03

About This Class

Customize your Adobe workflow. Uncover possibilities.

The vector artwork of Adobe Illustrator is easier to use than raster, but sometimes you want to liven up your work with a bit of texture. Get the best of both.

In this class, we'll explore ways to use Illustrator and Photoshop in tandem, using tools from custom brushes to Smart Objects. You'll still retain your original vector art in case you need to make changes (your textures won't actually be integrated into the artwork). With masks and adjustments layers, you'll never worry about making a change you can't undo! It's a world of new possibility.

Learn by doing.

Here's you project: Pick your favorite city and start sketching. What is it you like most about this place? The buildings? The food? The people? There's no one way to illustrate a city. Once you have your vision, use class techniques to infuse your voice and style.

What You'll Learn

  • Concepting. Brainstorm and sketch out your ideas.
  • Creating vector artwork. Trace your sketches in Illustrator while carefully considering line and shape.
  • Custom brushes. Create custom art brushes in Illustrator and apply them to your vector artwork.
  • Textures. Create, scan, and manipulate various textures in Photoshop.
  • Moving to Photoshop. Consider the best way to move your vector art into Photoshop—as a whole or piecemeal—and start applying your custom textures.

187 of 190 students recommendSee All

very nice techniques, really enjoyed the illustration style presented
So helpful! It's hard to find texture classes for Illustrator, which I prefer.
Super clear, great workflow process. And a simplified approach to taking illustrations to the next level. This is also a great primer for artists looking to go beyond illustrator.

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Lydia Nichols

Illustrator • Designer • Anthropomorphizer

I'm Lydia—an East Coast-based illustrator with a penchant for design and type. The best days include drawing cheerfully anthromoporphized animals and housewares. 

Clients include: Google UK, Bloomberg Businessweek, MailChimp, and Hasbro/Playskool. Currently, I freelance and adjunct teach at the Maryland Institute College of Art with the Illustration department.

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