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Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional

Create professional-looking digital paintings using powerful brush tools in Photoshop, even if you "can't draw."

4.50 (135 reviews)


3 hours


Sep 2021

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What you will learn

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 undertsanding of basic digital painting methods to create images used as stills or later in multimedia and animated projects.


This quick and dirty course will help you make original, custom digital paintings and illustrations using Adobe Photoshop (or any similar program) in just a matter of minutes 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 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.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this digital painting course and join our growing learning community!

Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your digital painting, software, and design skills today.


Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional
Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional
Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional
Photoshop: Quick & Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional


Introduction and Welcome


How to Get the Most Out of This Course

What Sorts of Digital Paintings Can You Make in Photoshop? Let Us Count the Ways

Diving Into Photoshop and Its Painting Tools

Learn or Review Setting Up a New File and Choosing Important Document Settings

Get the Rundown on Important Windows, Tools, and Brushes in Photoshop

Introducing My Good Friend the Mixer Brush Tool

Not Your Average Eraser. Painterly Ways to Use This Common Tool in Photoshop

Setting Up Basics and Brush Tools Overview Quiz

Time For Action. Let's Make a Digital Painting Together!

Start By Choosing an Image to Work With

Ready? Let's Start By Placing a Photo, Modyfying It, and Saving As

Time to Add Our Underpainting. Let's Roll.

Now Let's Add an Overpainting (You Can Have as Many of These As You Want)

Line It Up! Adding a Black Line Drawing Layer to the Mix

Deconstruction Time. Erase and Eat Into the Original Photograph

Polishing and Finishing Up: Using Sponge, Dodge, and Burn Tools to Finalize

Intermediate and Advanced Ways You Can Use These Techniques (Case Study)

Advanced Illustration Techniques (Children's Book Case Study)

Under the Hood: Inside a Lori Leak Illustration (Case Study)

How to Easily Cut, Paste, and Collage Photos Into Your Images in Photoshop

Extras: The only tools you need to know in Photoshop & Starting Your Own E-Store

New: (2019) How to Up Your Game With Stunning New Photoshop Brushes

Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools to Free Your Creative Soul

Extra: The Only "Evergreen" Tools You Need to Know in Any Imaging Program

Extra: Take Your Best Digital Paintings & Start Selling Them Online (Case Study)

Extra: Link Your Online Store to Your Website and Social Media Pages

Appendix: Resources/ Credits

75+ Places to Find FREE Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects

Music Credits from Section 3 (*Kevin MacLeod Rules the World!)

Conclusion, Thank You, and Bonuses

Thank You For Taking This Course!

Bonus: Freebies and Discounts


Gerjola2 July 2020

Sofar I would say yes and no. What I have seen sofar was basic and at the same time an eye opener. What I would have like to learn better and have not seen yet, is have to draw / trace more realistic paintings, blending the image with the paint. I'd also like to learn lots more about the different brushes. My goal is to do portraits.

Kaja2 May 2020

Il n'y avait qu'une partie qui m'a paru intéressante, celle sur les brosses, mais sinon j'ai trouvé ça un peu léger. J'aurais plus de trucs et astuces techniques.

Victoria28 March 2020

Very good course. Her step-by-step directions are very easy to follow. It would be great to see her do a similar course using Procreate on an iPad.

Andrew14 March 2019

Very informative course. I learnt a lott about painting photoshop. I never used the angle setting on brushes before but Kristen desmonstrated its effects quite well and I am happy to go explore further using this technique. Thanks!

Cristela11 December 2018

I think the course is more for beginners, but Professor Palana provides helpful tips and shortcuts and explains her technique in detail.

Carol8 November 2018

This is the 2nd course I am taking with Kristen and I am glad that she keeps reminding her students of the importance of taking into account copyright laws when working on images gotten online. This is usually overlooked by most instructors I have taken courses with in the past. Great course Kristen. Thanks!

Kathryn20 October 2018

This was an exceptional course that takes a beginner from nothing to competency. It is a basic course, so it's not overwhelming to a newbie, but it delivers a very practical and usable skill. The instructor is thorough. The techniques are step-by-step. Easy to follow. Easy to understand.

Elizabeth12 September 2018

I learned new ways to paint using a photo. The presentation was great and easy to follow. Great course. Eliz. F

Jorge28 May 2018

The course is supposed to be about digital painting but there is only one example! The rest of the program is spent in trivial things at the expense of the real topic at hand. While the teacher is nice, I find the course to be misleading and of little value for my money.

Bobbie6 May 2018

I'm sorry to say I did not really learn much in this class. Unless you want to learn her own specific style of creating illustrative cartoon-like replicas of photographs, there's not much to learn here. There's not much education on the tools she uses that is transferrable to your own style. Disappointed.

Zainab20 March 2018

I have no experience with computers and learnt so much. I did this course at my own pace and not feeling stress about the lessons. I have learnt so much. Thank u Kirsten.

John7 December 2017

Thanks to this course, learned some new skills that may help me with creating illustrations! Learned a lot from this, definitely!

Monica11 November 2017

I found this course to be fun and enlightening. I loved learn about new purposes of old tools in Photoshop, and lots of ah-ha moments turned on for me. As a person who cannot draw, this gave me the confidence to give it a try and to let go of the idea of having to be perfect. As I go, hopefully I will think outside the box and apply colors I had never consider as shown in this course. Thank you!

Stephen11 November 2017

Moves along at just the right pace...not too fast, not too slow. Also like instructor's clear but relaxed vocal delivery..

Helen22 September 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, especially the painting section. I can see many ways of using this skill Kristen passed on. Language was simple and clear to understand, the activity engaging as you see the artwork come to life, with faster motion reducing the time required to watch the process. Thanks Kristen. I learnt heaps.


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