Photoshop: Learn Digital Painting Basics in Photoshop

Photoshop: Learn the software and use a Wacom tablet to easily start creating beautiful digital paintings in Photoshop.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Photoshop Painting is fun and relatively easy. Follow along with me and I will show you exactly how to create your first Photoshop portrait using a pen tablet (Wacom or equivalent).


  • The current price is an introductory rate, and will go up as more lectures are added.
  • More technique videos are coming soon
  • You do not need to know Photoshop to take this course. I will quickly cover the basics before moving into more advanced information.
  • ***30 Day Money Back Guarantee*** No questions asked. If you hate the class, just return it. No risk.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course you will feel comfortable painting in Photoshop using various different techniques. You will also have a good understanding of PS tools and workflows in general. Specifically, I will be demonstrating how to paint a simple "watercolor" portrait from start to finish, but along the way you will pick up on many other techniques that will help you to feel comfortable coming up with your own unique creations. I also discuss techniques for different kinds of paint like oil and acrylic. The course is meant to give you a comprehensive introduction to digital painting while following along with my project.

Course Structure

  • In this course we will start from the beginning, for those of you who are not familiar with PS. I will go over the UI basics, show how to download PS if you need to, and go over which pen tablet is best for you. There is a link to a fantastic buyers guide if you don't already have a pen tablet input device (They are absolutely necessary to do any serious painting in PS. Cost: $30 - $500 -- cheap ones work fine for this course).
  • Next I will show you the basic techniques of mimicking different kinds of paint, and continue to teach you about the various tools in PS and how to use them.
  • The next section will go over how to setup our file and our layers in order to be ready for painting. By this point we will also have our custom brushes ready, and our UI optimized for painting.
  • Finally, we will start laying down some paint on our digital "canvas". You will watch me paint in real time while I explain my thought process and the PS tools that I am using. I will also throw in some time lapse video of me painting, so you can see the entire process.
  • To finish of the course, you will be instructed how to polish off your painting with some finishing touches. We will go over things like texture overlays, adjustment layers, blending modes, etc.

Why Take This Course?

Take this course if you think digital painting sounds fun, because you're right, it is. Also, if you want to someday pursue a career in any kind of digital art, this is a great starting point for you. You will never regret learning Photoshop. It is used in so many different applications. This particular application is fun and rewarding. Trust me, even you can create beautiful imagery in Photoshop. Just follow along.

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What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a pen tablet for drawing / painting (Wacom or equivalent). I have included an excellent buyers guide in the course.
  • You will need access to Photoshop. If you don't own it, you can get a trial that will last plenty long for this course. You can also get it for a small monthly fee. I will show you how in the course.
  • You will need a computer with enough power to run Photoshop. Most desktops and laptops should be just fine.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Paint in Photoshop using built in and custom brushes
  • Navigate the Photoshop UI for painting
  • Understand layers, blending modes, tool palettes, masking and various other important Photoshop techniques
  • Create a portrait in Photoshop from beginning to end
  • Mimic watercolor, oil, acrylic, or mixed media in Photoshop
  • Create your own custom brushes and tool presets
  • Create beautiful imagery using Photoshop
  • Feel comfortable using a pen tablet to paint and draw

Who is the target audience?

  • Take this course if you want to learn Photoshop better in general
  • Take this course if you specifically want to use Photoshop for digital painting
  • Take this course if you want to pursue a career in any kind of digital art, i.e. concept artist, storyboard artist, character design, animation, matte painting or even automotive design. All these fields use Photoshop painting.
  • Take this course if you enjoy painting, and want to learn how to do it digitally.
  • Take this course if you want to become a better artist.
  • Take this course if you think painting would be fun, but you don't have all the tools and the know how to paint traditionally.
  • Take this course if you want a relatively easy way to get started painting stuff.
  • Take this course if you want to paint with NO MESS!
  • Take this course if you just bought a Wacom tablet off of ebay, and you want to learn how to use it in an awesome way.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Finding Your Way Around In Photoshop

A little intro to me and the course. Above you will see the image of the painting I will create in the course. You will follow me from start to finish, but I will also teach you various other techniques that apply to all kinds of paintings in PS, not just this one.


You need one of these guys. I'll help you figure out which one. Also, you need a computer, access to Photoshop, and a desire to learn.

Awesome Guide To Buying The Right Tablet
Up and Running In The Photoshop UI In Just A Few Minutes
The Most Powerful Features of Photoshop...For Painting
Section 2: Techniques
Section Overview

In the bonus section at the end there is a download for my custom brushes. There are also links to a few short tutorials on how to load them.

The Incredibly Useful Mixer Brush Tool
Section 3: The Painting Starts Before You Ever Touch The Brush
Choose A Reference Image, and Choose Wisely
Start Sketching
More Sketching! It Needs To Be Right
Start Thinking About Colors
Section 4: Let's Lay Down Some Paint!
Section Overview
Painting Setup
Paint The Base Layer
Start Adding Detail
More Detail: Painting Timelapse
Wrapping Up The Painting
Section 5: Finishing Touches
Section Overview
Adding Texture
Adjustment Layers
Blending Modes
Section 6: BONUS
Download My Brushes

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Instructor Biography

Adam Zollinger, Digital Artist & Instructor - 3ds Max / V-Ray / Photoshop

Digital Artist - 3ds Max & Photoshop

Adam has been working as a professional (and award winning) 3d artist for over 10 years, but his expertise does not stop there. He has also authored / illustrated a children's book, and created graphics for numerous mobile games. He has expert knowledge in the following programs:

  • 3ds Max
  • Mudbox
  • Photoshop
  • V-Ray
  • After Effects
  • Various other software programs and plugins

Most importantly, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, and he loves to teach others as well.

From the artist:

"I mostly work in the Architectural Visualization industry. This a career which I almost entirely taught myself, and have perfected over several years. In order to save you the trouble of learning the hard way, like I did, I wan't to offer my expertise to you."

Join one of Adam's courses today to benefit from his years of experience creating high-end, professional graphics.

*Follow the social links to connect with Adam on the internet. Keep up to date with the latest course discounts, and free resources available from Adam.

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