Visualization Basics: Sketch to Design in Photoshop

Stephanie Braconnier, Visualizing Landscapes

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
11 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. File Prep

    • 3. Build the Background

    • 4. Paving

    • 5. Planting

    • 6. Trees

    • 7. Furniture

    • 8. People

    • 9. Shadows

    • 10. Lighting + Atmosphere

    • 11. Additional Resources


About This Class

This course is geared towards landscape architects & architects who have an interest in developing their ability to show softscapes & hardscapes in a fast and beautiful way. In the lessons I'll take you step-by-step through the process of creating an atmospheric, rich & compelling landscape rendering using only photo textures in photoshop. We’ll start with the background and move our way to the front of the drawing, using a variety of blending, layering, and masking techniques to collage in planting, paving, people and trees.

Beautiful. Emotive. Atmospheric. Convincing.

A strong visualization can help convince clients, instructors, and colleagues of your ideas. 

Visualization can also help us define, explore and materialize design concepts - an invaluable skill when time is tight and you need to communicate something quickly and effectively.

Great visuals don't need to be complicated.

Unfortunately, many students never learn to compose a visualization in a quick & effective way and get stuck before they even get started by trying to make something complicated instead of focusing on what really matters - refining design concepts.

It can seem impossible to translate the ideas you've conceived through intuition into the visual realm, especially when there are countless softwares and graphic techniques to choose from and not enough time to learn each one properly.

How can you get your ideas from your sketchbook to a presentation without spending weeks or months learning specialized 3D modelling and rendering software? 

Get there quickly with Visualization Basics.

Visualization Basics helps you master the most important steps to quickly compose a beautiful, atmospheric perspective in just a few hours. You will learn to use tools and techniques that are specifically geared towards compositing sketches, images and renderings to create a landscape visualization.

Best of all, you only use one software: Photoshop. Learning to create landscape collages with images, textures and lighting effects will enable you to make beautiful images from the most basic of sketches (and some effective google image searching!)