Digital Paint

Many photographers and artists long to express themselves more fully. Digital paint offers tools and methods outside traditional media; a wider space for exploration, growth, and creativity. By broadening our vision of what is possible artistically we can change our work, our lives, and our world.

This course is designed for photographers who want a more painterly look, artists who want to transition to digital media, or anyone who wants to paint but is afraid to take the plunge. We start from where you are in your computer skills and work to remove any blocks to your creativity or skill.

Years of teaching Photoshop to art directors and designers in both NYC and the Bay area have given me the foundation to work with many types of artists. It's a joy to use my skills as a communicator to work with each individual in whatever learning style is most comfortable, offering lots of support and encouragement to some, staying out of the way for others. We work together to find the tools that most quickly and easily support you in your search for personal expression, whether it's a matter of learning the software or believing in your own power to create.

In this class, you'll discover the major differences between Photoshop and Painter, when to use filters to achieve painterly effects and when to use brushes to paint over or paint. You will learn how to create and modify brushes to achieve looks that work for your art, color correction techniques, masking, and profiles for accurate printing.

Our primary tools will be Photoshop and Painter but, where applicable, we will look at Adobe Illustrator as well. Participants should have good basic computer skills and knowledge of Photoshop (see list below for chapters in Photoshop CS Artistry to read before class).

Topics Include:

Photoshop Basics – Initial color correction and color tools; Layers and layer masks; compositing and collage; brushes and tool presets; textures

Painter Basics – Cloning; brushes; paper textures; masking; simulating oils, watercolors, and dry media; impasto effects

Beginning students cover:

  • How a digital painting differs from a traditional painting or drawing
  • Use of layers for color correction and effects
  • Using a pressure sensitive tablet
  • Which application or applications should be used to create a painting
  • Basic brushes

More advanced students cover:

  • Use of the Pen tool for shape building and hard edged masks
  • Filters, patterns, and effects
  • Advanced brush controls
  • Building and saving custom brushes and palettes
  • Advanced blending techniques
  • Print options

Students for Digital Paint should study these chapters in Photoshop CS Artistry:

  • Chapter 2: Navigating in Photoshop
  • Chapter 4: The Tool Palette
  • Chapter 5: Picking and Using Color
  • Chapter 6: Selections, Paths, Masks and Channels
    (Don't worry if you don't understand it all, just familiarize yourself with the concepts)
  • Chapter 7: Layers, Layer Masks and Adjustment Layers
  • Chapter 35: Digital Paint

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