Digital Landscapes : Painting Environments with Photoshop
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Digital Landscapes : Painting Environments with Photoshop

A step by step guide to create amazing digital environment paintings using adobe photoshop.
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Created by Hardy Fowler
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create amazing digital environment paintings with Adobe Photoshop!
  • Break into an exciting and growing digital art marketplace.
  • Focus their imaginations into an easy-to-follow process that yields amazing results.
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  • Photoshop and a pen tablet (Wacom Intuos 3 recommended) along with a creative spirit are all that is needed.
  • Fundamentals will be covered, but a general understanding of art fundamentals and a basic knowledge of Photoshop is recommended.

Digital Landscapes: Painting Environments with Photoshop

If you are a student with plans to enter the field of conceptual art and illustration or already work in the business but want to learn an exciting way to build a strong client base and improve workflow, this course is perfect. However, the course is also beneficial for virtually anyone interested in painting beautiful scenery on the computer.

How to Transform the Ordinary into Something Extraordinary with Digital Painting

  • Master key elements of art and illustration
  • Understand how to stand apart from the competition
  • Benefit from basic and sidebar methodologies
  • Optimize existing or gain new knowledge

  • Content and Overview

    By applying everything learned in this course, you have incredible opportunities to work within multiple industries, including film, video game, print and fine art to name a few. Digital landscape painting is widely used in the conceptualization of environments seen in blockbuster films and video games.

    Other courses tend to skip critical steps or gloss over information, but with this digital painting course, everything you need to get started is provided. This course will take you through the process of creating an amazing digital landscape illustration step-by-step using Adobe Photoshop.

  • Defining Success - You will learn the key features that all successful environment paintings possess.
  • Sketching – Hardy Fowler will cover all the basics of sketching, including the right way to get started.
  • Blocking in Color – You will learn appropriate ways to use color to define mood, create the illusion of depth and add drama and intrigue to your landscape.
  • Painting and Polishing – As the final step of the course, your project will be given final touches and the painting completed.
  • When finished, you will have created a beautiful digital landscape and will possess basic skills for creating pieces on your own to share or even use in an upcoming project.

    After completing this course using Adobe Photoshop, you will have the ability to create polished illustrations from scratch. Included in the course are sketching, rough color, basics of perspective and painting skies, refined color, photo texturing, detailing and a multitude of tips and tricks to make your landscape shine.

    Who is the target audience?
    • This digital art class is perfect for beginners seeking to break into the digital art field.
    • Novices and even professionals will also benefit a great deal from this class. Refine your methods and increase the marketability of your work. Level up!
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    Curriculum For This Course
    13 Lectures
    Introduction & Basic Setup
    1 Lecture 02:13

    We will discuss the equipment that I use along with my basic document setup. I will also show the brushes that I most often use.

    Preview 02:13
    1 Lecture 11:06

    In this lecture, we will tackle the blank canvas and start loosely defining our scene. The focus will be on creating an interesting subject and composition as well as keeping perspective in mind.

    Rough Color
    5 Lectures 37:13

    This simple exercise will explain how value and layering can create the illusion of depth.

    Preview 04:06

    Before beginning your color painting steps, try a simple exercise like the one above just to work on using color and shape to create a sense of depth. Work in grayscale just to keep things simple for yourself. Be as imaginative as you'd like with your subject, but focus on the technique. Once you have this concept mastered, carry it over to your main project and watch the great results unfold! As a review of the Creating Depth lecture, test yourself with this fun, quick quiz.

    Visual Depth Exercise
    2 questions

    In this lecture, we will paint some simple skies to get familiar with the process and to learn a few general rules to keep in mind.

    Preview 07:53

    In this lecture, we will begin adding in rough color. We will establish our color statement and use atmospheric perspective to create a sense of depth.

    Rough Color 1 - General Color Statement & Atmospheric Perspective

    In this lecture, we will add in grassy color to give some character to our scene.

    Rough Color 2 - Painting Grassy Valley

    In this lecture, we will add in some rock coloration to give some variety to our color scheme.

    Rough Color 3 - Painting Rocks
    Photo Texturing
    1 Lecture 07:49

    In this lecture, we will add in photo textures using the soft light layer blending mode to enrich our color scheme and add realistic detail.

    Photo Texturing
    Refinement & Finishing Touches
    3 Lectures 25:47

    In this lecture, we will do a more refined pass on our painting as we prepare it for the final steps.

    Refined Painting

    In this lecture, we will add some color details and special effects to add interest to our scene.

    Details & Effects

    In this lecture, we will conclude our painting with some final polish and presentation steps.

    Final Polish
    Course Recap
    2 Lectures 38:55

    In this lecture, we will begin an entirely new scene from scratch. This will be a full run through of the entire process without breaking things up into individual steps. I'll be rendering a magic tree sitting in a pond at the bottom of a cavern. This video has been broken up into two parts so that it doesn't run too long.

    Magic Tree Scene - Part 1

    In this lecture, we will conclude our Magic Tree scene by adding detail and polish.

    Magic Tree Scene - Part 2
    About the Instructor
    Hardy Fowler
    4.6 Average rating
    1,232 Reviews
    10,809 Students
    9 Courses
    Professional Illustrator & Concept Artist

    Hardy is a professional concept artist and illustrator working in New Orleans, LA. He has designed and painted hundreds of characters and scenes for numerous entertainment industry clients and is one of the lead illustrators for the Warhammer 40K franchise. He has had artwork featured in elite digital art annuals such as Exposé. Hardy is also a certified medical illustrator and has a detailed knowledge of human anatomy as it applies to visual art.