Tips for Digital Artists : Painting Magical Effects | Margarita Bourkova | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Tips for Digital Artists : Painting Magical Effects

teacher avatar Margarita Bourkova, artist | dreamer | infp

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Overview

    • 2. Basic Technique - One Color

    • 3. Basic Technique - Multiple Colors

    • 4. Editing Colors and Lighting

    • 5. Additional Edits

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





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! 


Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

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!

Ballpoint pens are one of my all time favorite art supplies, i really enjoy using them for almost anything : rough sketches, stylized drawings or even photorealistic illustrations. They are easy to find, cheap and, once you've got the hang of it, really fun to use. Sadly, most people aren't familiar with them... that's why i teach several... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Overview: hi, everyone, and welcome to this class about painting magical effects for digital artists. I'm a freelance digital artist myself. And when I first started painting digitally used to take me hours to create even the most basic effects simply because I was painting everything by hand. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's also nice to be able to save some time, right, So today, I'm sure you have to quickly and very easily create magical effects for your fantasy paintings and illustrations, or simply to make your work stand out deep will help your safe time. And we'll also introduce you to some basic tools available in photo shop and many out of painting software's ready for some magic, so let's get started. 2. Basic Technique - One Color: for this class on Lee, be using one very basic brush, the self to round brush. This brush is available in the original default for the show brush set, and I think in most pending Softwares and APS like procreate, color painter, gimp and many others. In this first video, I'll show you how I paint this kind of magical effect with only one color. If you're using a light the color for this, it's good to have a darker background for a better contrast. So I picked a self from brush and sketch a rough shape. The type of shape is up to you. It really depends on the kind of effect you're trying to achieve. It depends on your illustration, whether it's a magical blast or a sphere like a fireball. For example, for this one, I decided to go with a separate tine effect, and I'll show you how I banged a magical sphere in the next video. The next thing to do is to select us much to unfortunately, the left side of my workspace has been cut out in this video, but this much do is usually here on the left, in the tools preset what this much to does is basically pushing the color in the direction of your choice. So all you have to do is select a starting point and then drag the cursor to create really interesting effects. At this point, I'd like my magical serpentine to be looking a little bit more like smoke. So I switched back to the soft drum brush to add a few light strokes here and there. And after that, I can use this much to on them in the same way as before your men go When using this much, too should be to create a stylized version of your shape by accentuating its comebacks and concave edges. 3. Basic Technique - Multiple Colors: Now let's say that I want to paint a sort of magic bowl, and I also wanted to have multiple colors. So I started by creating a very rough sketch of what I'd like this magic bowl to look like . And I combine a few different colors. Once again, I add a few very soft brush strokes around the sketch because I like to have this smoky effect. Once I'm done with the sketch, I used this much to and start reshaping the painting. One thing that's interesting to point out is that when you're dragging the shape with this , much to your starting point can be either on your painting or outside of it. Depending on where you start smudging, you'll be creating more paint or more negative space and negative space is really useful and this type of effects. So once you feel comfortable using this much to, you can try experimenting with negative space and see what type of shapes you can create. Also, unless you're really looking for a dramatic effect, it's better to use this much, too, at around 30 to 50% capacity. Another thing to keep in mind is that this much to it can only be used on one layer at the time, so make sure that your magical effect is on one layer only. If you like to use multiple layers when creating the sketch, you can then very easily merged them simply right. Click on one of them and select March, visible all much down. 4. Editing Colors and Lighting: Now that she know the basics of creating a magical effect for your Beijing's, the real fun begins. There are so many different ways to edit your effect to make it stand out by changing the colors, adding a dramatic lighting or simply distorting its shape so I'll show you a few of them. The 1st 1 I really recommend will help it. Week. The general shape of your effect. If you feel like you're magical, effect looks a little bit too stiff. You can edit it by using a tool called liquefy. Simply go to filter liquefy and adalid box will open where you'll be able to distort your painting. Another fun way to edit your magical effect is by changing its colors and adding lighting, you can create a new layer right click on it and select Create Clipping mosque, which will isolate the shape from the background. It's an easy way to color something without messing up the rest of the painting. If you said the clipping mask to overlay, you'll be able to add shadows and highlights to it. Now it's possible to change the colors this way, but instead I'll show you an interesting trick select the layer with your magical effect and until, like the great into in the tools preset, you can usually find it when you right click on the paint bucket, too. Degrade into lets you select different colors and creates a Grady in with them on top of the selected layer. Because I want this great into apply on Leon the magical effect. I'm going to select this little button here. Card lock, transparent pixels. And you can see now that the grading appears on Lee on my design. You can, of course, have more than two colors ingredient and create really color for effects, and you can also add it them with some basic tools like levels. Contrast in saturation. We talked about lighting and colors on now show you a few different ways to distort your design that are a little bit more unpredictable than liquefy. I mostly used them for background effects or when I feel stuck halfway through a painting and want to shake things up. It'll filter, distort and select any of the tools available. They all create different effects that are quite interesting 5. Additional Edits: Here are some additional tips on how to create beautiful, magical effects. When painting your design. Try to alternate between wide segments and narrow segments that you can then emphasize of this much too. Ideally, the white segments will get even wider on the narrow ones, even never war, and this will help you create dynamic designs. One last thing I'd like to mention is that you can use any type of brush as yours much too. So for this class, I used those. So from brush with mice much too. But of course, you can use a textured brush. See how it changes the weight as much to works once you're done with this much to you can continue painting on top of your design to create a hazy effect, for example, or simply to add some interesting writing. I also like to add small light dots here and there. So these were my tips for painting a magical effect. I hope you found some useful information in this class and thank you so much for watching. I'd love to see what you come approves. So feel free to share our designs and paintings and drop me a line. If you have any questions, see, it's in