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Taking Your Digital Paintings to the Next Level in Photoshop
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Released Aug 5, 2013
Lawrence Mann

Guest Tutor

Lawrence Mann
In this tutorial we'll learn how to turn a good digital painting into a great digital painting using simple techniques you can use over and over again in Photoshop.

Throughout these lessons we will take a look at a variety of techniques to make any image into portfolio gold! We will take a decent digital painting and transform it into a more dynamic, story-packed image with little more than a few simple steps and some elbow grease.

From this tutorial, you’ll soon be able to apply the same essential tips to your own illustrations in no time at all.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:05
A more dynamic view
2

A more dynamic view

 
14:32
Adding a story to the image
3

Adding a story to the image

 
12:39
Continuing to add a story to the image
4

Continuing to add a story to the image

 
13:09
Finishing adding a story to the image
5

Finishing adding a story to the image

 
13:31
Selecting our story
6

Selecting our story

 
13:35
Sketching soldiers
7

Sketching soldiers

 
11:33
Beginning to build a background
8

Beginning to build a background

 
16:16
Tweaking the composition
9

Tweaking the composition

 
15:38
Adding a second light source
10

Adding a second light source

 
14:01
Adding the Queen’s minions
11

Adding the Queen’s minions

 
14:22
Blocking in details
12

Blocking in details

 
12:50
Adding dead soldiers arm and hand
13

Adding dead soldiers arm and hand

 
13:54
Finishing the soldiers hand
14

Finishing the soldiers hand

 
13:15
Remolding the skyline
15

Remolding the skyline

 
13:14
Detailing the buildings
16

Detailing the buildings

 
15:27
Creating a more dynamic sky
17

Creating a more dynamic sky

 
14:51
Detailing the soldier fighting the minion
18

Detailing the soldier fighting the minion

 
13:15
Looking at the net-launcher
19

Looking at the net-launcher

 
11:38
Working on the sergeant’s gun
20

Working on the sergeant’s gun

 
10:31
Final level of detail to the buildings
21

Final level of detail to the buildings

 
10:06
Making metal on a shotgun look great
22

Making metal on a shotgun look great

 
10:10
Filling in the skyline
23

Filling in the skyline

 
11:57
Retouching lighting throughout the piece
24

Retouching lighting throughout the piece

 
09:26
Blending our characters into the background
25

Blending our characters into the background

 
07:27
Placing extreme foreground objects
26

Placing extreme foreground objects

 
13:31
Continuing extreme foreground objects
27

Continuing extreme foreground objects

 
12:14
Lighting foreground objects
28

Lighting foreground objects

 
10:40
Creating black ash
29

Creating black ash

 
13:41
More on black ash
30

More on black ash

 
11:30
Adding fire sparks
31

Adding fire sparks

 
15:16
Making adjustments
32

Making adjustments

 
14:03
Detailing the Queen
33

Detailing the Queen

 
16:22
Painting an engraved texture
34

Painting an engraved texture

 
13:21
Finishing the engraved texture
35

Finishing the engraved texture

 
12:22
Repainting the Queen's original hands
36

Repainting the Queen's original hands

 
10:13
Finishing the Queen's new hands
37

Finishing the Queen's new hands

 
10:36
Final touches on our image
38

Final touches on our image

 
14:24