2D Game Art for Non-Artists

Create beautiful cartoon art with a modern edge, and harness light and shading techniques to give your work depth
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2hr 14min of on-demand video
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Create High-Rez art with that Old school feel
Use photoshop's native tools to create without any experience with drawing.
Harness the power of Photoshop to create beautiful 2D art work for games


  • No experience is required to complete this course. However, it is shown in Photoshop. (CS2 is now open-source.) All of these techniques will work in software such as GIMP, but may require a little research to find the tools name/location.


In this series, your instructor, Steve Curtis is going to demonstrate how to harness the power of Photoshop to get beautiful 2D art work for games, even if you've never created art before. This is High-Rez art designed to look like modern graphics but with that old school feel. Although it isn't pixel art, the graphics created could certainly be sized down to create art that has that pixel art feel. This course uses Photoshop, however GIMP and similar programs should suffice. No tablet is required, all of the art in this series was created using only a mouse.

We will create beautiful cartoon art with a modern edge, and harness light and shading techniques to give our work depth.

Who this course is for:

  • This course was created for programmers and designers who may not have access to an asset artist for their 2D game.
  • This course is not for experienced artists familiar with digital art


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