Photoshop Basics

Learn the Tools, Tips, and Techniques to
Make Great Art with Photoshop

What You’ll Learn

Master Photoshop's Tools and Foundational Painting Techniques
To make stunning artwork in Photoshop, you'll need to know how to use the tools and apply foundational painting techniques.

Photoshop is a powerful program with a lot of menus and tools. We know this. Once we were beginners too. We've overcome the learning curve and have conquered the program. Now, we want to help you do the same.

Master the basics and join Author/Illustrator Arree Chung as he walks you through how to design and render a character in Photoshop in three different styles.

Design and Render a Character in Three Styles
When you’re done with this workshop, you’re going to know how to use Photoshop's tools to render artwork in three different styles.

You'll learn how to make linework that doesn't look digital. You'll learn how to use the lasso tool to quickly create and mask shapes. And you'll learn how to render a character in 3-D. This intensive will give you a mastery of the tools and an understanding of how to make different art styles using Photoshop.

Step by Step Guidance and a Printable PDF
In this intensive, you’ll be able to follow along as Arree demonstrates with step-by-step instruction. We've included a step-by-step PDF to make the assignment as easy as possible. Just print the PDF, and follow along with the video.

By the end of this workshop, you will have designed a character and rendered your character in three different styles, using the tools and techniques covered. You'll leave this intensive with knowledge of the tools and techniques you need to make professional artwork for children's books.

ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:

In this hands-on intensive, you’ll design a character from scratch and learn how to render the character in three different styles. You'll also learn how to use brushes and apply textures to your artwork.

So, if you want to master Photoshop and practice with a step-by-step exercise—you’ll definitely want to enroll!

YOUR STORY COACH:

Arree Chung is an award winning author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree's Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Mixed has won the FCBG award for the top Children's Book in the UK in 2019.

Today, Arree lives a creative life making stories for children and teaching storytelling and art. Arree loves sharing his passion for storytelling, design, and art with children and dreamers everywhere.

Arree Chung

Author/Illustrator & Founder of Storyteller Academy

Published Books

Publishers

Intensive Details

In this craft-based intensive, you’ll master the basics of Photoshop and learn how to render a character in three different art styles.

Lesson 1
Photoshop Tools & Foundational Techniques

Overview of Photoshop's Menus
How to Use Layers and Brushes
How to Use the Lasso, Fill, and Mask Tools
How to Use Adjustment Layers and Lighting Effects

Lesson 2
Render Your Character in Three Different Styles

Use Custom Brushes to Create Line Style Artwork
Use the Lasso Tool, Mask Tools and Textures to Create Shape Style Artwork
Apply Lighting Layers and Adjustment Layers to Create 3-D Artwork

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two options. You can self publish or publish traditionally with a publishing company. Most people don’t realize that self publishing is starting a business. We don't recommend it. In any case, having a great story is the most important part of publishing a picture book.

Start with reading lots of picture books. Learn the specific age group you are writing for. Picture book stories that are kid-relatable and imaginative do the best. You want to have a fresh point of view.

The fastest way to learn how is through mentorship. By studying with a published professional, you’ll learn the exact creative processes they use to make award-winning books. You can get started for free here.

Literary agents will have their own specific instructions on their websites. But in general, you will need a cover letter and a manuscript. The most important aspect of your submission is your story. You can use the checklist to see if your story is ready.

The ability to tell a story is the most important skill to have as an author or illustrator. You will need to be able to develop unique concepts for stories and tell the story simply. If you are illustrating the book, you will need a strong art style and a good sense of design, in addition to storytelling.

We have a submission checklist that you can run your story through. The checklist was made by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, two editors at Chronicle Books.

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