Art Fundamentals: Digital Art Tools Essentials

Learn the in's and out's of using digital tools to create digital art, drawings and paintings, on your computer.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Art Fundamentals: Digital Art Tools Essentials covers the core knowledge you need to know in order to utilise digital art software to create artwork digitally. Most digital art software share a number of core features, and using Adobe Photoshop as a base, this course will get you up to speed on the tools and the techniques of digital art creation. If you're new to digital art, and want to learn how to draw and paint in digital art software, this course is for you.

Master The Essentials Needed to Draw and Paint In Digital Art Software

  • Understand both the hardware and software required to create digital art
  • Learn the core features of digital art software, and how to use them
  • Get to grips with the digital canvas, navigation, colour panels, tools and more
  • Gain insight into brushes, layers, and basic layer modes

Get Started Today, and Start Drawing and Painting Digitally

If you've never used digital art software before and you'd love to learn, we'd love to teach you. Getting to grips with art software and the digital art process is easier than you think, and when you're done, you should be able to approach most modern digital art packages with confidence.

Many of the features of art software are shared, such as brushes, selections, layers, colour panels, swatches, and much more. In this easy to follow course, we go step-by-step into the digital process - from what hardware tools you'll need, to creating a digital canvas and using brushes, layers and more to draw and paint.

Let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should ideally have an existing digital art application to practice with
  • Art applications include Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Clip Studio Paint, and more
  • Students should also have a Drawing Tablet, such as a Wacom Intuos

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw and Paint in Digital Art Software
  • Understand the Digital Canvas and Workspace
  • Utilise Brushes, Selections, Colour Pickers and more
  • Understand and Use layers to your advantage
  • Gain Insight into Core Features of Digital Art Software
  • Learn Quickly and Efficiently

Who is the target audience?

  • This Digital Art Tools course is for those new to digital art software, who have never used it before, or have only used it very little
  • This course offers those new to digital art the opportunity to quickly get to grips with Digital Art Tools
  • If you're interested in getting into digital art, but have no idea or experience in how the software or hardware tools work, this course is for you

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Introduction to Digital Art Tools Essentials
A Brief Overview of Hardware & Software
Section 2: Understanding the Digital Canvas
General Overview: Art Application Menus
General Overview: Art Application Tools
General Overview: Art Application Palettes
Canvas Size and Resolution Settings
General Canvas Setup
Canvas Navigation, Rotation and Zooming
Section 3: Understanding How Layers Work
Understanding Layers
Layer Opacity and Layer Modes
Layer Modes: Multiply, Screen and Overlay
Locking Layer Transparency
Section 4: The Essentials of Digital Brushes
What are Brushes?
Brush Edges and Sizing
Essential Brush Settings: Opacity, Flow, Spacing & Pen Pressure
Core Skill: Blending Using the Colour Picker
Using the Eraser Tool
The Colour Picker: Choosing your Hue, Value and Saturation
Section 5: Selection and Transformation Tools
Understanding and Using Selections
Understanding and Using Transformation
Understanding and Using Warp
Section 6: Wrap Up and Conclusion
A Quick Review of What We've Learned
Conclusion to Digital Art Tools Essentials

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Instructor Biography

Scott Harris, Art Director, DAS: School of Art and Design

Scott Harris is an Art Director at DAS: School of Art and Design, as well as a freelance concept artist and illustrator for the entertainment industry. He has been involved in digital art production for over 10 years, and also heads up Epic Legend Entertainment, a concept art and illustration production studio for film, games and entertainment design. Scott is a zealous teacher, and strives to bring students to a high level quickly, with simple, easy to understand concepts, built on rock solid art principles. He is enthusiastic, energetic, and always willing to help!

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