Tips for Digital Artists : Painting Magical Effects

Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

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5 Videos (12m)
    • Overview

      0:51
    • Basic Technique - One Color

      2:39
    • Basic Technique - Multiple Colors

      2:22
    • Editing Colors and Lighting

      3:50
    • Additional Edits

      2:09

About This Class

Hi everyone!

I've always been a huge fan of fantasy and fantasy illustrations, so when I first started painting digitally i'd always try to add some cool effects to my paintings like fireballs, smoke, magic waves, strange lights etc. The problem is, these effects take a lot of time to paint if you do everything by hand, so with time I developed a few tricks that i'd love to share with you in this short class. Thanks to the Smudge Tool, the Gradient Tool and a few filters, it's very easy to create all kinds of magical effects in just a few minutes.

Level : Beginner. A drawing tablet + pen and a painting software are a must. This class was recorded in Photoshop, but most (if not all) of the tools and shortcuts I talk about are available in many other softwares as well. 

Ready for some magic? Let's get started! 

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16 of 16 students recommendSee All

So helpful! Sometimes I get overly complicated in trying to figure out magical effects...and then....I get reminded of the smudge tool. And it just re-opens up that super easy amazement factor! Thank you for reminding me to stop over thinking and have FUN again!!!
K S
Short and helpful, useful in many digital art programs and flexible to adapt to your artistic needs.
yes, it is short and useful, liked it very much. Thank you.

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Margarita Bourkova

artist | dreamer | infp


I'm margaw, a freelance artist based in rainy Belgium. I'm self-taught, and i really believe anyone can draw if they really want to! I created this channel to share my drawing techniques, my personal tips and tricks, and to support others on their creative journey. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if there's a particular technique you'd like me to teach -- i'm always interested in your feedback!

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