Photoshop Quickstart Guide to Digital Sketching

Learn fundamental sketching techniques and tips for making your work stand out from the crowd.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course will teach you how to get up to speed quickly in Adobe Photoshop as you learn fundamental digital sketching techniques. It's made with absolute beginners in mind both to sketching as well as the Photoshop software. And if you already know how to sketch and are trying to transition to Photoshop then this course is a great quickstart introduction.

Build Confidence As You Harness the Power of Digital Sketching in Photoshop

  • Create an Adobe CC account and install Photoshop
  • Find the best graphics tablet for your needs and configure it for success
  • Discover how the Photoshop interface is laid out
  • Learn how to practice building your muscle memory for confident line work
  • Learn quick tips on how to approach a complex subject and make it managable

Discover Proven Methods for Improving Your Digital Sketching Abilities

Sketching is the ability to simplify an idea and communicate it by using lines on a page. When you learn how to sketch it opens up doors creatively and gives you more freedom to explore as you develop your own ideas. Whether your preparing for a career as a concept artist, a digital illustrator, or just want to explore Photoshop for your own projects digital sketching is your key to achieving these goals.

In this course I'll show you how to find your way around the Photoshop UI and then we'll walk through three practice sessions as I deliver some key advice I've learned while using Photoshop professionally in my own career. We'll start with a simple exercise using tracing techniques for developing your line work. Then we'll move on to contouring techniques as I show you how to maintain proper proportions in your sketches. Finally we'll explore some drawing through techniques as I show you how to tackle difficult subjects by simplifying them into three dimensional forms using linear perspective techniques.

Don't forget the downloadable resources!

Also included in this course is a selection of all the material covered in Photoshop, a quick printout reference sheet for the Photoshop interface and keyboard shortcuts, as well as some bonus photos you can use to hone your newly learned digital skills. At just under an hour long this course is short, to the point, and too good to pass up. So enroll today and learn how to get sketching fast!

What are the requirements?

  • This course requires that you sign up for an account in order to download Photoshop CC to your system. (This is covered in detail in the course)
  • You don't need to know how to sketch or anything about Photoshop
  • Be prepared to spend about $10 / month for an Adobe membership and dedicate yourself to practicing the techniques presented in the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Sketch digitally using the Adobe Photoshop software

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for anyone who wants to learn more about digital sketching in Photoshop
  • You SHOULD take this course if you're looking for Photoshop specific info and sketching advice for beginners
  • You SHOULD NOT take this course if you're already a Photoshop veteran or are looking for a masters class. This is a quickstart guide meant as an introduction to the topic of sketching.

What you get with this course?

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

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome to this course!
Introduction and Course Overview
Section 2: Resources and Practice Materials
How to access your course files
1 page
Photoshop Quickstart Reference Guide Printout
1 page
Section 3: Preparing to Sketch
Creating an account and installing Photoshop CC
How to choose a graphics tablet
Setting up your Wacom graphics tablet for sketching
Section 4: Learn Photoshop Basics
Tools, Settings, Layers, and Creating and Saving Files
Tool palette basics
Working with layers and the brush palette
Section 5: Creating a Custom Brush For Sketching
The Custom Brush Process -- Creating, adjusting, and adding presets
Section 6: Before You Start Sketching - Some Advice
Practice drawing lines, curves, and ellipses
Secrets to improving your quality, consistency, and professional techniques
Section 7: Basic Sketching Techniques and Demos
Learning to simplify complexity with tracing techniques
Visualizing form with primitive shape blocking
Drawing through techniques - Realtime Demo

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Instructor Biography

Brandon Hix, Blender Foundation Certified Trainer | 3D Artist

I have a passion for inspiring independent creatives to push their skills to new heights. Over the past 10 years I've worked as a professional 2d / 3d artist in the entertainment industry. And I've had the pleasure of working on some incredible projects and meet some of the best minds in the business. Now I want to pass my knowledge on to you!

What would you like to learn?

Are you just starting out as a 3d artist and want to learn 3d fundamentals?

Would you like to take your 3d modeling skills to the next level and tackle advanced modeling while you build a concept car?

Would you like to learn how to improve you basic sketching skills in Adobe Photoshop?

If you want to learn how to do any of these things then grab one of my courses and pick up a new skill! All of my courses come with a risk free 30 day money back guarantee and I'm always available if you have any questions about the course or want to chat.


I have a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media with an emphasis in Computer Animation. As of the summer of 2016 I am now a Blender Foundation Certified Trainer with over 12 years of experience in the software. I love learning, experimenting with 3d art, and sharing my knowledge with people who love Blender as much as I do!


After graduating with a B.S. from John Brown University in Digital Medial Arts and a minor in Computer Science I went on to start my career in the visual effects and motion graphics industry in Tulsa, OK. There I cut my teeth working on intellectual properties such as Hasbro's GI Joe, New Balance television spots, and Bushnell outdoor gear. I also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some amazing talent and hone my production skills in both the Adobe and Autodesk software platforms.

Taking my chance at a new opportunity I then began working as a production artist in the promotional products industry and have spent the past several years expanding into new areas of design through industrialized printing, CAD manufacturing, and large format digital printing. This work has opened my eyes to the multi-faceted impact creative endeavors have on numerous service industries throughout the world. And I'm still learning.

My experience has allowed me the privilege to focus on some lifelong aspirations by launching my own business and redefining the boundaries of my imagination and my art through new design projects and the amazing opportunity to reach out to the upcoming generation and inspire them to go for their dreams.

At the beginning of 2015 I quit my day job and founded my own company called Indie Stock. I enjoy occasionally doing freelance projects, but my real passion is for teaching Blender and learning with my fellow Blenderheads. During the summer of 2016 I started a website called Blender Unleashed and was granted the status of an official Blender Foundation Certified Trainer (BFCT).

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