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Introduction to digital Drawing and Painting with Jeff Priest

Photoshop is not just for image editing!

Introduction to Digital Painting

Special guest contributor
Jeff Priest
Believe it or not, Adobe Photoshop can be used for more than just photo editing and design. Yes, despite its name, Photoshop is one of the ever-expanding range of tools available for digital painters, illustrators, and just plain doodlers. These tools are allowing people incredible freedom to express themselves and create fun pictures. Imagine reliving your childhood days of drawing and scribbling, without ever having to worry about making a mess, or running out of supplies. Best of all, digital art is much more forgiving when you make mistakes. No other medium would let you erase 1000 times, without harming your canvas one bit. At the other end of the spectrum, Photoshop can be used to create professional, print-quality illustrations with great efficiency.
___ Here's a general introduction to the world of digital painting. In the future, I'll be examining areas such as hardware setup, software, and painting techniques in more depth.

Digital Painting

Simply put, digital painting is the act of drawing or painting directly into your computer. The idea has been with us for quite awhile, with older programs like MS Paint. In the last few years, advances in hardware and software have made it much easier to get a high quality image, and much more accessible to the average Joe. These days, artists are creating digital drawings for posters, book covers, illustrations, video games, and even matte paintings for Hollywood blockbusters.
___ Unlike other computer graphics, the foundations of digital painting are in traditional art skills, rather than filters or design techniques. It's a very simple process, and many people use little beside the paintbrush tool and eraser. Once you have a few basic techniques down, the only limits are the amount of time and practice you commit. A fun image can be created in a matter of minutes.

Here are a couple quick techniques to try:


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