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About This Course

Latest update – August 2020

This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom digital paintings and illustrations using Adobe Photoshop (or any similar program) 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 30-day 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.

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


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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone looking to add new tricks and techniques to their art making toolbelt.
  • This course is for traditional artists who would like to learn to make digital work, illustrators, as well as so-called “non-creatives” who think they “can’t draw.”
  • 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.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned how to do a digital painting using Photoshop.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about digital painting using Photoshop.

Course Curriculum

1h 51m

Section 1 - Introduction And Welcome
Introduction 00:00:00
How To Get The Most Out Of This Course 00:00:00
What Sorts Of Digital Paintings Can You Make In Photoshop? Let Us Count The Ways 00:00:00
Section 2 - Diving Into Photoshop And Its Painting Tools
Learn Or Review Setting Up A New File And Choosing Important Document Settings 00:00:00
Get The Rundown On Important Windows, Tools, And Brushes In Photoshop 00:00:00
Introducing My Good Friend The Mixer Brush Tool 00:00:00
Not Your Average Eraser. Painterly Ways To Use This Common Tool In Photoshop 00:00:00
Section 3 - Time For Action. Let's Make A Digital Painting Together!
Start By Choosing An Image To Work With 00:00:00
Ready? Let’s Start By Placing A Photo, Modyfying It, And Saving As 00:00:00
Time To Add Our Underpainting. Let’s Roll. 00:00:00
Now Let’s Add An Overpainting (You Can Have As Many Of These As You Want) 00:00:00
Line It Up! Adding A Black Line Drawing Layer To The Mix 00:00:00
Deconstruction Time. Erase And Eat Into The Original Photograph 00:00:00
Polishing And Finishing Up: Using Sponge, Dodge, And Burn Tools To Finalize 00:00:00
Section 4 - Intermediate And Advanced Ways You Can Use These Techniques (Case Study)
Advanced Illustration Techniques (Children’s Book Case Study) 00:00:00
Under The Hood: Inside A Lori Leak Illustration (Case Study) 00:00:00
How To Easily Cut, Paste, And Collage Photos Into Your Images In Photoshop 00:00:00
Liquify Tool 00:00:00
Section 5 - Extra: Start Promoting Your Work Online By Starting A Free Online Store
Extra: Take Your Best Digital Paintings And Start Selling Them Online (Case Study) 00:00:00
Extra: Link Your Online Store To Your Website And Social Media Pages 00:00:00
Section 6 - Appendix: Resources/ Credits
75+ Places To Find Free Images, Music, And Videos For Your Projects 00:00:00
Music Credits From Section 3 (*Kevin Macleod Rules The World!) 00:00:00
Update: Sketchbook 00:00:00
Update: Timelapse Painting 00:00:00
Section 7 - Conclusion And Thank You
Thank You For Taking This Course! 00:00:00

Course Reviews


5 ratings
  1. Elizabeth Pritchett
    Elizabeth PritchettJuly 21, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you!


    This was definitely a very helpful course! Thank you so much!

  2. Sofia Ivanova

    Really fun course!


    Really enjoyed it and learned many things about Photoshop that I didn’t know.

  3. Betty L

    Great Photoshop course


    Considering I knew nothing about Photoshop I found it to be a great course. I had been using “paint” for my productions and was frustrated at the quality. Now I feel confident to proceed in using Photoshop as it is light years away from the paint. This course was helpful and Kristen Palana explained each step and was easy to follow. Great job, Kristen!!!

  4. Deanne Bossell
    Deanne BossellJuly 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    great course


    helpful for using photoshop. Good info. well explained and easy to follow.

  5. patricia braddy


    good course

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