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!
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.
6 Tablet Setting images
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.
List of Recommended Brushes
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!
7 Artwork & Bonus images
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.
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!
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!
1 Layered Photoshop File
Set-by-Step Process File
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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