CT110 Painting in Photoshop

With Steve Caplin

6 weeks   No credits

A basic working knowledge of Photoshop is necessary to complete the assignments in this course. You'll also need the full version of Photoshop - some of the lessons cannot be completed in Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop is best known as a photo manipulation program, and that's certainly a task at which it's unparalleled.

But there's another side to Photoshop, one that will appeal to the artist in us. For Photoshop's image editing capabilities include powerful painting tools, that allow us to draw our own scenes from scratch.

Sample course work

Sample course work

Drawing in Photoshop is, in many ways, like drawing on paper. We're still primarily concerned with form, light and shade; we still need to think about composition, about color, and about presenting our ideas in the most appealing way possible. But there's a big advantage that Photoshop has over conventional drawing: we can duplicate the layer as often as we like, allowing us to experiment as much as we wish without ever irrevocably damaging our work. The Undo key is so much more powerful than the eraser. We can revert to an earlier stage of the illustration in an instant, without leaving any unsightly smudges on the paper.

In this course we'll learn how to draw a glass ball, a terracotta pipe and a pair of interlocking gold and silver rings - all without resorting to photographs

You don't need to be a Photoshop expert to take part in this course. Every step will be explained in full, so that even the novice user will be able to follow all the procedures and create beautiful artwork. Along the way, we'll learn about Adjustment Layers, Layer Masks, making metal, and much more

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