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Intro to Digital Painting

Learn the basics of digital painting with Photoshop!

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Intro to Digital Painting

Intro to Digital Painting is offered in a format featuring both pre-recorded lessons and demos from your instructor as well as LIVE feedback sessions each week!

To this day, Photoshop remains one of the most versatile and widely-used art programs by concept artists and illustrators, making it a must-know digital software for aspiring professional artists.


In this introductory course, you will learn to use Photoshop's most essential tools, an efficient step-by-step painting process to improve workflow, to optimize your digital workspace, and how to work comfortably and confidently with a digital tablet.

In addition to covering key digital painting skills, lessons will cover the fundamentals of colour theory, and tips and tricks that you can use to paint speedily like creating custom brushes, using adjusment layers and photo textures.

By the end of this course, you will be well on your way to creating fantastic digital artwork that you can be proud of and most importantly, you will have a solid base to build on so you can transition into our more advanced digital courses

  • Course Type Online Concept Art Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 1
    Level 1

    Strong fundamentals in traditional drawing, painting and sculpting are the foundations to create amazing artwork.

    This level is about solidifying the fundamentals, getting a refresher on the most important art principles, and learning tricks to create realistic drawing and paintings.

  • Language English

You can now combine 3, 4 or 5 classes to avail a 5, 10 or 15% discount on your purchase and get a free spot in a webinar this term!

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Note: This class will be offered online only

Each pre-recorded lesson will be available one week before the live feedback session. You’ll be able to watch these at your own leisure and practice the skills and theory you learn from each video! Then, once a week, you will join your instructor and up to 9 other students for live personalized feedback on your artwork.

Term: Summer 2024

Recorded Class Release Date - Starts: Tuesday, June 25th and will be released once a week every Tuesday

Live Feedback Session - Section A) Starts: Tuesday, July 2nd and is once a week from 3 PM to 4 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h) - English - Nino Vecia

Live Feedback Session - Section B) Starts: Tuesday, July 2nd and is once a week from 4 PM to 5 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h) - English - Nino Vecia

Duration: 10 weeks

Please note that our classes times are listed as EDT (GMT-4) but that starting on Sunday, November 3rd, 2024, all class times will go into EST (GMT-5).

If you are not able to make it to the live class (due to time zone differences) not to worry; the live feedback sessions will also be recorded, so you’ll be able to see what critiques you were given at a later time!

It should be noted that students should set aside a minimum of 3 hours per week to complete assignments for this class. Students may even require a bit more time (4-5 hours per week) depending on how quickly they can work through assignments.



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

  • Intermediate drawing skills (use of proper perspective, proportions and shading).
  • Completed our Foundations of Drawing class or have equivalent practice/experience.

This class is meant for individuals who are NOT yet comfortable with the basic tools of Photoshop.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please be advised that there could be artistic nudity in our classes. Students should be 14 years old to enroll.


Required Materials

Material List: 

  • A desktop computer or laptop with Photoshop installed*
  • A  graphic tablet with pressure sensitivity (from brands such as Wacom, Huion, or Xencelabs), OR a tablet-laptop hybrid (also with Photoshop installed) with pressure sensitivity (such as the Wacom Cintiq Companion or Microsoft Surface Pro).



  • A sketchbook


Important note: 


Please note that the vast majority of our digital classes are taught using Adobe Photoshop and that this is also the recommended program for students to use. You may consult our FAQ for more information on other software which may be potentially used for class, however, please note that no technical assistance will be provided by instructors on the use of alternative painting software as they may not be familiar with the program.


Please ensure that all of your hardware and software are functioning properly before the start of the term; there will not be any time to resolve technical issues in class.

*Please consult our Tech Requirements below for more precise computer specifications.



Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes 
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome 
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.


  • Pre-recorded sessions and demos will be released at the beginning of every week
  • Students review the coursework, learn and complete assignments during the week at their own leisure
  • Then, once a week, you will join your instructor and up to 9 other students for live personalized feedback on your artwork.


Week 1

Basic Tools - Learn about all the basic tools in photoshop, and how we can started in
digital painting.

Week 2 

Linework and Masks - Experimenting with sketching and clean linework. You'll also
learn about different types of masks to help aid you during the painting process.


Week 3 

Greyscale - You'll learn effective ways to practice your blending, and learn the
importance of value by doing a greyscale painting.


Week 4 

Colourizing - You'll learn basic color theory and how to apply color using different
blending modes to your greyscale painting.


Week 5 

Custom Brushes - Learn all about custom brushes, how to make them and how to
apply them.


Week 6 

Adjusment Layers - Understand how to quickly adjust and alter a painting using
Adjustments layers.


Week 7 

Photo Textures - Create your own unique image and learn how to use photo textures
to push the realism in your painting.


Week 8 

Photobashing - Using more advanced tools you'll learn to photobash by blending and
merging photos.


Week 9 

Final Painting - Using all the previous techniques you've learned so far, you'll be
getting started on your final painting.


Week 10 

Finishing Touches- You'll be shown techniques on how to put the finishing touches
on your final piece.


Check out the entire outline



You can now combine 3, 4 or 5 classes to avail a 5, 10 or 15% discount on your purchase and get a free spot in a webinar this term!
Please choose your 1-hour LIVE feedback session from the dropdown list below.

Note: During this session, you and up to 9 other students will receive individual feedback from the instructor

*Please note that this class starts one week later and will run one week later than other classes*

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