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

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

    • Create Custom Illustrator Brushes

    • Create Textures

    • Place vector art into Photoshop.

    • Applying textures in Photoshop.


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.

178 of 181 students recommendSee All

Wow- what an amazing class! She as so clear and gave so many amazing tips!
I really enjoyed this class, the tips on working with custom brushes in illustrator and textures in photoshop will help me add some finish that I was struggling to achieve in my illustration work.
Celia Coulter

Create in any way you can

Great! I am very adept in illustrator but know only beginner level skills in photoshop. I am a little confused on how to add the textures but I will rewatch and figure it out :'D It is great to see a demonstration on how to add custom brushes, I see so many alternate uses as well for this skill. When I get some time I will try this project. :)





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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