Photoshop: Learn Digital Painting Basics in Photoshop
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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.
4.5 (37 ratings)
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1,386 students enrolled
Created by Adam Zollinger
Last updated 12/2014
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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.

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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I can't wait to get started as your teacher. I'll see you in class.

**Send me a message if you have any questions about the course or want to know about upcoming deals.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Finding Your Way Around In Photoshop
5 Lectures 17:30

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.

Preview 01:27

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.

Preview 04:08

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
3 Lectures 13:11

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.

Watch While I Demonstrate My Custom Brushes

The Incredibly Useful Mixer Brush Tool
The Painting Starts Before You Ever Touch The Brush
4 Lectures 19:25
Choose A Reference Image, and Choose Wisely

Start Sketching

More Sketching! It Needs To Be Right

Start Thinking About Colors
Let's Lay Down Some Paint!
6 Lectures 33:01

Painting Setup

Paint The Base Layer

Start Adding Detail

More Detail: Painting Timelapse

Finishing Touches
5 Lectures 36:16

Adding Texture

Adjustment Layers

Blending Modes

1 Lecture 00:23
Download My Brushes
About the Instructor
Adam Zollinger
4.4 Average rating
1,499 Reviews
26,803 Students
9 Courses
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.

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