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Digital Painting Fundamentals in Photoshop

Light, Color, Composition, Depth, Perspective, Mood and Storytelling
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In this course we will give you the tools and knowledge to start creating awesome paintings. This is more about the principles of art in photoshop than actual painting techniques.


Lesson 1: Intro to Photoshop -

A rundown on the tools and techniques to get started on a painting.

Class 1: Quick Review of Photoshops interface

Class 2: Setting up our Canvas and your Tablet

Class 3: Scanning an image

Class 4: Brush settings and Brush Presets

Lesson 2: Lighting and Color

This Lesson we learn about light and color and how they function so we can create the best piece.

Class 1: Physics of light

Class 2: Light source, shadows and bounce light

Class 3: Color Theory

Lesson 3: Composition

Here we will learn how to make our images impactful, by character placement, Point of View(camera placement) and Lighting.

Class 1: Basic rule of thirds and focal point

Class 2: Learning about foreground, mid ground, and background

Class 3: Leading the eye

Lesson 4: Perspective and Depth In this class we cover illustrating 3D shapes using perspective. We will cover 1 point, 2

point, 3 point and 4 point perspective. We will also discuss how to create a sense of scale.

Class 1: What is perspective?

Class 2: 1 point perspective

Class 3: 2 point perspective

Class 3: The hard stuff 3 point Perspective

Lesson 5: Mood and Storytelling

In this lesson we will learn about how to use lighting and narrative elements to make our paintings tell a story.

Class 1: The message of Images

Class 2: How the environment, characters and weather tell stories

Class 3: Using colors to effect moods

Who is the target audience?
  • Intermediate Knowledge in Photoshop
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Learn to Create Awesome Paintings using Phtotoshop
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Course
1 Lecture 03:54
Introduction to Photoshop
4 Lectures 41:41

Setting Up Our Canvas

Scanning an Image

Brush Settings
Light and Color
3 Lectures 32:31
Physics of Light

Light Source

Color Theory
3 Lectures 48:35
Rule of Thirds


Leading the Eye
Depth and Perspective
4 Lectures 01:17:02
What is Depth?

Perspective Fun

Point Perspective

Point Perspective
Mood and Storytelling
3 Lectures 01:22:04
Story and Mood


Color and Mood
Exercise Files
1 Lecture 00:00
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