Learn Digital Painting From Scratch With Photoshop
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Learn Digital Painting From Scratch With Photoshop

Become a pro in digital painting of scene and environment using photoshop with in depth concepts and demonstration
4.5 (41 ratings)
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Created by Jia Sen
Last updated 11/2016
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply general concept of art in painting environment
  • Achieve understanding to apply their creativity fully
  • Paint more skillfully with professional methods
  • Build their own art portfolio like pro
  • Work on similar projects with confidence
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Requirements
  • Students must know basic photoshop(creative suit) operation
  • Students should have some interest and curiosity about this specific field
Description

This is a beginners course to learn detailed, step by step methods to paint environment in photoshop.

Ever wonder how some artists produce extremely gorgeous professional environment paintings made in digital media?

-In this course you will start learning just that.

in today's world of game,animation, high definition background effects, there is a growing demand for environment artists. work of an environment artist consists, illustration, game and animation background painting, concept art for 3D games,animations,movies and more.

This Course is the Stepping Stone For You To Become a Professional Environment Artist in the world of Graphic Art.

  • If you are a beginner, after this course you will be able to achieve enough skills to start your own project
  • You will be able to build up your own portfolio based on environment design
  • You will receive a structured guidance from me
  • This is a very dynamic course, so I will keep adding materials to this course to make the process going

In this course, first we will learn basic concepts of environment painting. which is the theory part. before we dive into our project work, we need to discuss some basic rules and guidelines to start our journey. these concepts will only clear your path towards your destiny as your creativity is the ultimate source of your work.

then we will see how an environment take shapes and comes into reality from concept, imagination, inspiration and creativity through various stages through my demonstration videos. stick to the end and you will find lots of information, guidance and most importantly inspiration, to start your first project.

With important files included, you will be able to closely observe every steps of the project work and work along side to develop your own skills.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginner digital artists who are not familiar with the basic concepts of environment painting and do not have knowledge on professional methods and steps of painting environment. This course is mainly for those, who works in photoshop. Though this method can be applied to other digital painting software as well. Learners who have patience and an honest desire to learn should take this course as this is a rigorous, detailed and dynamic course.
  • As this course is rigorous and expandable, only serious and patient students should enroll. As this course demands lots of attention.
  • This course is not for those who are intermediate or advanced learners. Also this is not a course of "quick methods" of drawing. So if you are looking for a "quick" learning, this course is not for you.
  • If you are looking to learn basic photoshop operation, then this course is not for you. Please go through the details of the course before enrolling to ensure if this course meets your expectations.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 43 Lectures Collapse All 43 Lectures 04:33:00
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Basic Concepts For Environment Painting
11 Lectures 01:22:35

Light has important role in how humans view and perceive objects and environment. Along with light comes the work of shadow. Both light and shadow create the look and feel of an object in different layers.

In this lecture we will see what are the light properties, how light and shadow helps in perceiving object and environment and how we can incorporate this notion in our work

Light Properties And Values
10:46

Annexure : Explaining Value In Painting With Demonstration In Photoshop CS
00:26

In this lecture we will discus how color shades work on a painting. What kind of color combination would look good in what situation, different definitions of colors and how they are made, how color is related to light and how we can create visually pleasant painting with harmonious colors.

Colour Theory
16:56

Texture is an important aspect of understanding any object in nature or environment. Texture gives the feel of the surface of an object. So in reality texture not only helps us understand how the object's surface look but also how it feels (rough,smooth etc).

In this lecture we will discuss such various aspect of textures and how we can mimic a texture's feel in our 2D work.

Use Of Textures
06:20

Golden ratio and rule of thirds are both measurement ratio for designs, photography even for art. Here we will discuss how they are measured and how they are related to art. The we will try to compare both method for best practices.

Golden Ratio And The Rule Of Thirds
09:37

Perspective is an important concept while working with an environment project. It is a notion of view point. How we look at objects in a certain environment dictates by perspective.

In this lecture we will discuss on definition of perspective, different types of perspectives, horizon line, view points and how to work with a perspective point.

Perspective I
11:54

In this lecture we will discuss more about perspectives and see more complicated concepts based on perspective.

Perspective II
10:24

Atmosphere is very important when it comes to environment painting. Atmosphere can change mood and flow of an image, situation or environment.

In this lecture we will see what is atmosphere and how it affects and works with an image.

Preview 05:41

There are various other small concepts in this field that we need to know to fully understand the work process. These concepts will only enhance the knowledge base and will prepare students better comprehend different environmental situations.

We will discuss such three concepts in this lecture.

Other Important Concepts I
05:33

More concepts to help build the knowledge base.

Other Important Concepts II
04:58
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Preparation For The Environment Painting Project
2 Lectures 10:36

In this lecture we will look for some inspiration to start our practical project .

Researching Images For Inspiration
07:07

After gathering some images to take inspiration from, in this lecture we will systematically categorize them according to their specific characteristics.

Categorizing Selected Images By Their Characteristics
03:29
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Making Brushes
4 Lectures 23:05

Now that we have inspired and decided on the project work, we need to make some suitable brushes for the project. For that first we will gather some images to go with it. In this lecture we will see what kind of images we need and how to get them.

Gathering Images To Make Brushes
03:06

Now that we have gathered our images, in this lecture I will show how to properly edit and prepare the images so that we can use them to make brushes.

Preparing The Images To Make Brushes
07:26

Finally, in this lecture, we will see how the images we collected and prepared, will be used to make photoshop brushes.

Use The Images To Create Brushes
07:29

Photoshop brushes can be created from own painting as well. In this lecture I will show, how it is done.

Create Brushes From Own Paintings
05:04
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Thumbnail Drawing
4 Lectures 27:03
Introduction-Why Draw Thumbnails?
01:05

In this lecture I will show, how to draw thumbnails quickly and effectively to form an idea of what kind of images we want to work on.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Drawing Thumbnail
16:18

In this lecture I will choose one thumbnail from four thumbnail options according to my choice for final project. I will explain each thumbnail and why I am choosing or not choosing a particular thumbnail.

Choosing One Thumbnail To Use As Guideline For Final Project
03:14

After choosing a thumbnail, I will work on the color profile of the chosen thumbnail so that we can form an idea of color choices that we are going to make in the final work.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Color Shading The Chosen Thumbnail To Determine The Color Profile Of The Image
06:26
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Final Project Work On Environment Painting
16 Lectures 01:42:57

Now we will start our project. In this lecture I will just talk about how to start the project. How to set up canvas and discuss about document size, resolution, brush choices etc.

Setting Up The Canvas
03:00

First stage of painting.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Color Blocking Foreground
03:57

Continuing with the color blocking, we go to the mid-ground.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Color Blocking Midground
07:57

last part of base color blocking.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Color Blocking Background
06:48

Second stage of painting.

In this lecture I will start detailing the blocked color with hard color shades to create a form

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Foreground Detailed Color Blocking
06:59

Continue detailed color blocking to mid-ground.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Midground Detailed Color Blocking
11:34

Finish off detailed color blocking by coloring background.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Background Detailed Color Blocking
05:11

This is next stage of painting. In this lecture I will show how the colors will blend with each other to create a gradual color change and different shades of color.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Foreground Color Blending
05:48

Continue color blending to mid-ground.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Midground Color Blending
10:06

Like previous stages, finish off this stage with color blending background.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Background Color Blending
04:28

This is an optional step. I have added this step to show how I add more sharpness and detailed feeling in my work.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Foreground-Midground-Background Further Detailing
07:33

Next stage of painting. This is not mandatory step. But I like to show how common brushes can be used as texture and create tension in an otherwise "smooth" image.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Adding Texture To The Image
05:30

Now that we have worked on the background and basic objects in the environment, we will see how foliage can be added.

I will show how we can use photoshop basic brushes as well as brushes that we made in this course to create more intense environment.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Adding Grass And Leaves
08:54

This step is specific to this work. I will show how we can pay with light and shadow to create different mood. To create a certain mood and feeling I will add different layers of shadows to the image.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Adding Dark Shades
03:41

In this stage I will add light in contrast to previous step to create the contrast sharp. I will also show how to add atmosphere to create depth and change the mood of the environment as a whole.

This is an observational lecture. Students mostly need to watch the process by observing the lecture video.

Adding Light And Atmosphere
07:39

As we proceed to the end of our project work, in this lecture I will show how to add final touches and little things to the image to make it look more alive.

Preview 03:52
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Course Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:33
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Course Materials
3 Lectures 00:22
Thumbnails
5 pages

Project Progression Steps
10 pages

Photoshop abr brush and PNG brush image files
00:22
About the Instructor
Jia Sen
4.4 Average rating
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1,243 Students
2 Courses
Artist and Designer

I am an enthusiastic artist and a graphic designer.

After graduating with My Bachelor's degree I worked as programmer in an MNC. Also I have obtained my Business Professional Programmer certificate and Foundation Certificate in Software Testing from Information System Examinations Board (ISEB). After that I went for higher study and acquired my Master's degree in Economics. Upon graduation from the university I joined a management collage as faculty. But finally I started pursuing my true passion- Art and Design.

I have ten years of experience in the field of art and four years of experience in freelancing as a digital artist and graphic designer.

I work with pencil sketches, pastel, water color, acrylic and oil paint as my main medium. I love to experiment with my work and I often use mixed media.

As for digital art, my main tool is photoshop. Other than photoshop I use paint tool SAI, gimp,Adobe illustrator (for vector graphics) etc.

My freelance works involve book cover, story illustration, logo design, card design, concept art, character and environment designs, concept design for advertisements, website layout design etc. Please visit my site for my professional and personal work examples.

What I believe is,"I am extremely passionate about art and design. I not only myself want to work in this field but I also want to educate others and encourage to pursue this area. I am in the process of making my own brand of art,design and schooling. My goal is to become an art-entrepreneur and inspire others like me."