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Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Complete Professional

Create professional-looking digital paintings using powerful brush tools in Photoshop

Instructed by Kristen Palana

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  • Create powerful digital images that can be displayed online or in print, presented as unique gifts, or as part of your own freelance design business.
  • Harness the power of intelligent brush and eraser tools to mimic the unique qualities of paint on the computer.
  • Understand how to create effective images that use original or copyright-free photographs as a starting point.
  • Gain intermediate to advanced illustration skills based on simple tools and easy to learn techniques
  • Have a solid understanding of basic digital painting methods to create images used as stills or later in multimedia and animated projects.

This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom digital paintings and illustrations using Adobe Photoshop (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes that look professional and can be used online, in videos and animations, or for print purposes such as on a poster, letterhead, even a T-shirt or other products.

*Please note that free trial versions of Photoshop are available for download from Adobe's website.

Save money making your own unique digital images and illustrations (and stop paying others to do them for you) and develop skills that can help you start making money creating professional-looking images for others. You can also use these simple techniques to make unique images and illustrations as free gifts for friends and family.

You also don't need to know how to draw. There are actually a HUGE number of graphic designers who CAN NOT draw... but they make up for it by using techniques like the ones in this course and naturally, learning more about layout design, composition, color, typography, and other fundamentals of visual literacy.

You can decide how much time you will spend on each image which will then affect your end results. As you do more and more, you can be cranking these out in a matter of minutes and could actually make a little illustration/digital painting business creating these for others on websites like Fiverr, Elance, and other freelancing websites.

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What Students Are Saying?

"A great course by a great instructor. It was amazing to see the making of an image, with all the techniques, attention to detail, and also to hear the thinking process behind each decision. I found it stimulating and inspiring." -Robin Scanlon

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I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Media at the brand new American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this digital painting course and join our growing learning community!

Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your digital painting, software, and design skills today.

  • Bring an open mind, a willingness to learn new tricks, and a copy of Photoshop.
  • Free trial versions are also available at Adobe's site.
  • Desire to learn.
  • This course is for anyone looking to add new tricks and techniques to their art-making tool-belt.
  • This course is for traditional artists who would like to learn to make digital work, illustrators, as well as so-called
  • This is NOT an in-depth Photoshop course. A selection of tools and techniques are discussed in depth for creating digital paintings but this course doesn't cover EVERY feature available in Photoshop.
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Section 1 : Introduction and Welcome

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Lecture 2 :
  • How to Get the Most Out of This Course
  • Lecture 3 :
  • What Sorts of Digital Paintings Can You Make in Photoshop? Let Us Count the Ways

Section 2 : Diving Into Photoshop and Its Painting Tools

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Learn or Review Setting Up a New File and Choosing Important Document Settings
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Get the Rundown on Important Windows, Tools, and Brushes in Photoshop
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Introducing My Good Friend the Mixer Brush Tool
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Not Your Average Eraser. Painterly Ways to Use This Common Tool in Photoshop

Section 3 : Time For Action. Let's Make Some Digital Painting Together

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Start By Choosing an Image to Work With
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Ready? Let's Start By Placing a Photo, Modyfying It, and Saving As
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Time to Add Our Underpainting. Let's Roll
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Now Let's Add an Overpainting (You Can Have as Many of These As You Want)
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Line It Up! Adding a Black Line Drawing Layer to the Mix
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Deconstruction Time. Erase and Eat Into the Original Photograph
  • Lecture 7 :
  • Polishing and Finishing Up: Using Sponge, Dodge, and Burn Tools to Finalize
  • Lecture 8 :
  • Now It's Your Turn. Create Your Own Digital Painting

Section 4 : Intermediate and Advanced Ways You Can Use These Techniques (Case Study)

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Advanced Illustration Techniques (Children's Book Case Study)
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Under the Hood: Inside a Lori Leak Illustration (Case Study)
  • Lecture 3 :
  • How to Easily Cut, Paste, and Collage Photos Into Your Images in Photoshop

Section 5 : Extras: The only tools you need to know in Photoshop & Starting Your Own E-Store

  • Lecture 1 :
  • New: (2019) How to Up Your Game With Stunning New Photoshop Brushes
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools to Free Your Creative Soul
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Extra: Take Your Best Digital Paintings & Start Selling Them Online (Case Study)
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Extra: Link Your Online Store to Your Website and Social Media Pages

Section 6 : Conclusion, Thank You, and Bonuses

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Thank You For Taking This Course
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Kristen Palana,

I’m an international award-winning artist and educator helping empower ordinary people around the globe to communicate effectively and tell their own extraordinary stories through a variety of media. I have created dynamic content for clients including UNICEF, The World Food Programme, Children International, The Aid Myanmar Society, and The American University of Myanmar. I have 19+ years of experience teaching digital media and creating innovative programs and courses for secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate students as well as adults and children with no formal education in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I’ve also been teaching tens of thousands of online students through the UN-mandated University For Peace’s Centre For Executive Education and other online learning platforms since 2014. I’m a proactive Associate Professor of Digital Media who recently taught for universities, international schools, and non-profit organizations in Myanmar from 2016-2019. I co-founded and directed the Film and Digital Media Program at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I was tenured and have 3+ years of Chair/Program Director experience. My animated films have screened in galleries and museums worldwide and in more than 75 international film festivals where they have frequently won “Best Animated Short.” I’m a dedicated mentor, trainer, career advisor, curriculum builder, and interdisciplinary collaborator known for promoting civic engagement and fostering a positive, inclusive learning environment. I’m a duel American/Portuguese citizen and originally come from Swansea, Massachusetts. As of July 2019, I’m based in Lilongwe, Malawi.
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