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Introduction to Photoshop – with a Tablet

with Erika Wiseman
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Master all the essential tools and functions for creating stunning digital art in Photoshop—with Erika's expert guidance.
English English [Auto]
2+
hours
35
lessons
beginner
level
Erika Wiseman

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Erika Wiseman (aka Erika the Goober) is a freelance artist specializing in digital illustration. She has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Louisville. Erika has been creating art for over 13 years, during which time she made a name for herself on Instagram.

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Requirements

  • Adobe Photoshop, a graphics tablet (with or without a display), and a computer
  • Some previous art experience needed
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Description

Photoshop is a multi-use software, so it can do MANY different things, eg: photo-editing, graphic design, digital painting and more. It is intended for professionals and contains a ton of customizable settings, tools and features. Because of this, getting started with Photoshop may seem quite overwhelming, to say the least! How do you figure out what you need, where to find it and how it all works, without getting frustrated and confused?

Well, don’t despair! Learning how to use Photoshop CAN actually be fun!

In this course, Erika will show you exactly what tools and features are important for digital art and which ones you can ignore. She will give you a great overview of everything you need to know about digital drawing and painting in this software! Not only that, she will walk you through her process of using Photoshop to create an illustration, so you can learn by example! 🙂

After this course, you’ll be fully equipped to produce your own fantastic digital artwork and enjoy the process!

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What you’ll learn

  • Discover Photoshop’s interface, including all essential tools & shortcuts for digital art
  • Turn a sketch on paper into a fully-colored, beautiful digital painting
  • Familiarize yourself with a graphics tablet and learn to adjust its settings
  • How to take good photos of your art and edit them in Photoshop
  • Master ‘Hue/Saturation’, ‘Color Balance’ and Blend Modes to adjust your colors and create shadows/highlights
  • Learn how to set up and work with layers to speed up your process
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Who is this course for

  • Artists who are brand-new to Photoshop and want to learn how to draw/paint digitally
  • Artists looking to brush up on Photoshop’s features and tools to enhance their workflow
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This course includes

  • 2+ hours of on-demand video lessons
  • 6 assignments (PDF)
  • Photoshop guide (PDF)
  • Layered file of completed illustration (PSD)
  • List of recommended brushes (PDF)
  • Process and Bonus images (JPG)
  • Access to Erika’s exclusive Discord art community

Lesson Plan

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01

Getting Started

18:52

Since a graphics tablet is an important part of digital drawing, Erika shares useful tips for using one, such as adjusting the pressure sensitivity, scroll and zoom settings so drawing feels smooth and natural.

She also shows you how to set up your own user-friendly workspace, so everything you need is at your fingertips, and how to create an ideal canvas for digital artwork.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   6 Tablet Setting images


1.1
Introduction
01:50
1.2
Materials
02:13
1.3
Tablet Settings
05:54
1.4
Creating a New Canvas
03:07
1.5
Setting Up Your Workspace
05:48
1.6
Assignment
00:50
02

A Digital Artist's Toolbox

43:46

In this lesson, you’ll learn some basic tools and functions that every artist should know and use, such as the transform, move, shape, selection and painting tools. Erika explains in detail how to use the Brush tool and find great brushes that you love!

She also discusses the importance of working with layers and demonstrates how to use them to your advantage.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   List of Recommended Brushes

   Photoshop Guide


2.1
Introduction
00:16
2.2
Intro to Layers
10:04
2.3
Essential Tools + Functions
19:07
2.4
The Brush Tool
03:43
2.5
Brush Settings
07:53
2.6
Finding Your Favorite Brushes
01:54
2.7
Assignment
00:49
03

Starting Your Illustration

23:54

First things first: You’ll learn how to transfer your drawing from paper to Photoshop. Lots of artists use this method: working traditionally at the beginning stage and then cleaning up the artwork and adding colors, shading and effects in digital software.

Erika will walk you through the whole process, including methods for sketching, tips for taking photos of your art, how to edit the photos in Photoshop and much more!

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   7 Artwork & Bonus images


3.1
Introduction
00:12
3.2
Two Approaches
01:57
3.3
Creating Your Traditional Sketch
04:02
3.4
Photographing Your Sketch
01:56
3.5
Editing your Photo
11:17
3.6
Preparing Your Sketch for Color
03:37
3.7
Assignment
00:52
04

Adding Color

28:00

Working with digital color can be intimidating, as the possibilities are endless! But don’t worry, Erika will discuss how to choose colors, different factors to consider and suggestions for pleasing color schemes.

You’ll learn how digital artists go about the coloring process, where they start and how to organize your layers so you can easily edit individual sections and colors later on.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment


4.1
Introduction
00:21
4.2
Intro to Color
02:36
4.3
Flat Colors
08:59
4.4
Adjusting Colors
02:32
4.5
Color Variation
13:08
4.6
Assignment
00:20
05

Clean-Up

19:44

Want to find out how to give your illustrations a professional and polished look? Erika will show you how in this lesson, covering topics like darkening areas, painting over messy sketch lines, and blending colors together.

You’ll also learn how to create some additional effects with the help of Blend Modes!

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment


5.1
Introduction
00:21
5.2
Cleaning Up Your Illustration
13:01
5.3
Lighting + Color Effects
05:37
5.4
Assignment
00:45
06

Finishing Up

14:22

Now it’s time to make the final adjustments to make your artwork Instagram-ready. Discover how to adjust the color balance and contrast.

You’ll also learn how to add glows, highlights and textures to give your illustration that extra shine.

And you’re done!! Congratulations on completing this course!

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   1 Layered Photoshop File

   Set-by-Step Process File

   Final Image


6.1
Introduction
00:10
6.2
Saving
01:03
6.3
Opening Your Saved File
00:40
6.4
Final Adjustments + Effects
11:26
6.5
Assignment
01:01

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Cyril BUFFIN BAK

6 days ago

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cours très clair et très didactique, un vrai plaisir à suivre j'ai encore appris de nouvelles techniques pour photoshop. merci encore Erika !
I recommend it for All levels
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Paul LaPointe

1 week ago

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It gives a nice example of a digital artist’s workflow. She also covers how the tools and layers are used. Enjoyed it. Thanks!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Bradley Brand

1 week ago

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Really cool course for us beginners. I have been battling with brushes and brush types for a while now, this course has solved a lot of those issues for me. Course is easy and quick to get through, without having to skip back again and again. Great job Erika, and Thanks
I recommend it for Beginner

About the Instructor

Erika Wiseman
Digital Artist and Illustrator 3 courses

Erika Wiseman (aka Erika the Goober) is a freelance illustrator and character designer who lives in the US. She loves drawing cute, colorful things and experimenting with new drawing techniques.

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