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Photoshop the Art of Clipart

Learn Photoshop basics in a few hours no prior experience needed.
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What Will I Learn?
Create your own clipart
Understand and use several of the tools in photoshop
Use the pen, direct selection, shape, move and paint bucket tools
Transform, flip, rotate and scale shapes
Understand the use of layers, copy and group layers
Apply layer style effects such as stroke, shadow, bevel and gradient colour overlay to make stylized clipart
Save the clipart for Web and reduce the file size
Composite a scene
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  • No prior knowledge of photoshop required
  • Basic drawing skills only required
  • A computer to run photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop (course done using CS6)
  • Latest version is Adobe CC but this should work just as well as CS6
  • You can get a Adobe CC free 30 day trial from the Adobe website

Ideal course for a beginner to Photoshop.

Take this course and you will be able to.

  • Produce your own clipart for apps and games.
  • Produce your own clipart for website design.
  • Produce your own style of clipart.
  • Produce your own clipart or logo and own the copyright.

Take this course and you will quickly get up and running with.

  • Setting up the Photoshop workspace and understanding the menus.
  • Use of the tools required to producing clipart.
  • The Pen tool.
  • The Direct Selection tool.
  • The Shape tool.
  • The Paint Bucket tool.
  • Constructing your first clipart.
  • Applying effects such as colours, gradients, stroke, shadow and bevel to the clipart.
  • Saving the clipart and reducing the file size for use in your media.
  • Compositing several images into a single image.

Extras include an underwater clipart scene with a background and several sea creatures (with full psd files).

SEE THE CLIPART IN ACTION - CORAL CANYON game uses some of the clipart supplied in the course.

TAKE THIS COURSE and get started, you will have great fun along the way and a sense of success and achievement at the end.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is best suited for photoshop beginners
  • You want to create your own clipart or logo and avoid copyright problems
  • You don't want to pay for clipart
  • You want to create you own clipart style
  • Not suited for photoshop or graphic design experts
  • 22 lectures and over 1 hour of content
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 59:34
Getting Started
5 Lectures 11:41

Introduction to the course which clearly shows you what you will learn and be able to do by the end of the course

Preview 01:14

How to set up an essentials Photoshop workspace with a light colour background, create an A4 size canvas and save the document as a psd file.

Preview 03:27

Learn where the tool bar is located and what the main tools are that we are going to be using throughout the course also learn that there are hidden tools and the options for the tools changes depending on what tool is selected. Take a quick look at the menu bar.

Preview 02:20

Learn basic use of layers and groups by demonstration of a 10 layer document.


Layers Exercise
Photoshop Tools
6 Lectures 21:44

Learn how to use the Pen Tool, how to draw straight and curved lines, add anchor points and create a closed path to make a shape. Also learn how to unlock a background layer, how to undo changes and how to use the History panel.

Preview 05:15

Learn how to use the Direct Selection Tool, how to move the path, add and delete anchor points and how to add or delete adjustment handles from anchor points. Learn how to colour fill a shape.

Preview 04:12

Learn how to use the Move Tool, how to move, rotate, flip horizontal, flip vertical and how to transform the scale of a shape.

The Move Tool

Learn how to use the Paint Bucket Tool and how to colour fill an image with the Colour Picker.

The Paint Bucket Tool

Learn how to use the Shape Tool, how to draw rectangles, squares, ellipses, circles and custom shapes from the custom shape library. Learn how to change the colour of a shape with the Colour Picker using the Tools Options bar and also how to access the Colour Picker from the layer Thumbnail.

The Shape Tool

Constructing the Clipart Example (Cartoon Fish)
6 Lectures 13:11

Learn how to draw the body of the cartoon fish using the Pen Tool and colour fill the shape.

Drawing the Body

Learn how to draw the fins and tail of the cartoon fish using the Pen Tool, Direct Selection Tool and Move Tool also using transform path with flip and rotate. Learn how to duplicate layers using the Menu Bar.

Drawing the Fins and Tail

Learn how to draw the eyes of the cartoon fish using the Ellipse Tool and free transform and learn how to duplicate the layers using the keyboard shortcut.

Drawing the Eyes

Learn how to draw the mouth and cheek of the cartoon fish using initially the rectangle tool to draw rectangles and then learn how to bend the rectangles into a curve using the direct selection tool and pen tool.

Drawing the Mouth and Cheek

Learn how to group layers using the Menu Bar and the keyboard shortcut and rearrange the groups and layers of the cartoon fish in the layers stack.

Grouping the Layers

Applying Layer Styles to the Clipart Example (Cartoon Fish)
3 Lectures 05:57

Learn how to apply layer styles to the cartoon fish and apply Stroke, Shadow and Bevel effects to stylize the clipart.

Stroke, Shadow and Bevel

Learn how to apply a Gradient Colour Overlay to the cartoon fish to further stylize the clipart.

Gradient Colour Overlay

Saving the Clipart
1 Lecture 01:52

Learn how to save the clipart for Web and reduce the file size.

Saving for Web and Reducing the File Size
Extra the Underwater Scene
1 Lecture 05:02

Learn how to composite several images onto one scene.

Compositing the Extra Resources Clipart to Create an Underwater Scene
About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
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24 Students
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I have a degree (honours) in Mechanical Engineering with many years experience in solving engineering problems and I have applied a solutions based approach when making this course.

So if you want to take a course with clear explanations and worked examples in the lectures and a course that enables you to actually produce your own clipart then this is the course for you.

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