Introduction to the course
This course is an introduction to Digital Painting for beginners, using Photoshop and Elements. The course will introduce you to creating paintings digitally using Photoshop and Elements.
Paintings can be created from existing photos in different ways;
- Transform a photo into a painting by performing a number of steps and using filters and other techniques and tools.
- Hand paint an existing photo using brushes to mix and blend the colours already in the photo.
- Add elements into your composition from other photos and move elements around within the photo (the first two images below).
- Hand paint, completely from scratch, mixing your colours just as you would with real world paint.
The two images above, are both 100% hand-painted in Photoshop on a blank canvas, totally from scratch. You will use different brushes, change the brush behaviours and learn the basics of creating realistic paintings.
Over many Photoshop courses, many learners have requested to learn to turn their photos into paintings. We have spent many weeks looking at different aspects related to creating painting effects from photos. This was very popular indeed with all students, who wanted to create watercolour and pastel style paintings from their photos.
To enrol on this course, you should;
Have basic computer skills.
Have basic Photoshop skills.
You should be familiar (not an expert), with Photoshop basics, such as Layers, cloning and making selections. To be able to create digital paintings from your images, it's necessary to have some basic Photoshop skills, so if you are brand new to Photoshop, you should begin with the Photoshop Beginners course, where you will be introduced to Photoshop and editing basics.
A pressure sensitive graphics tablet and pen are a huge advantage when painting digitally, but are not required for this course. During the course I will explain their features and advantages and give recommendations, as I regard them as essential for realistic and quality digital painting,. This will be explained on the course. The two paintings at the top of this page (and other images on this page) were created using a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet and pen. I would not have been able to create these images without the graphics tablet and pen.
All classes are supported by detailed handouts, which are emailed after the class.
For information about other courses, please see;
digital painting course subjects
Course subjects will depend on the skills of the learners and is subject to change
Compositing elements from different images
Recording and running Actions
Brush settings and behaviours
Painting with brushes
Adding and modifying brushes
Using various filters for artistic painting effects
Create a pencil sketch effect from a photo
Create a watercolour effect from a photo
Create a pastel effect from a photo
Graphics tablet and pressure sensitive pen
examples of course subjects
All images copyright © Glen Smith 2017