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[Workshop] Speedy and Realistic Photoshop Painting

June 30 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Length: 4 hrs 

Max Enrollment: 15

As scientific illustrators, our job is to create detailed and accurate artwork. With more publishers and clients requiring digital delivery and for ease of editing, Photoshop has become an industry standard software.

Because Photoshop is “easy”, short deadlines and high expectations can intimidate illustrators. Photoshop can speed up the art creation and editing processes, but it’s also filled with traps to slow illustrators down.

Studying old masters’ oil paintings, it’s so fascinating and mesmerizing to see how a photo-realistic painting is a series of loose expressive brushstrokes up close. How do they do that? Would such techniques help to paint quickly? 

This class we will combine the best of both worlds to create realistic digital paintings that look natural and expressive while staying flexible for edits. Example files and exercise will be provided to create a quick study to understand the concepts. 

The class will discuss recreating color mixing on the palette for smooth and clean color transitions, importance of greyscale drawings, keyboard shortcuts, limiting tools, layer organizations, and image adjustment techniques to help create and edit illustrations very quickly and effectively.

Prerequisites: Understanding of basic Photoshop concepts of layers, brushes, and eraser.

Materials: Thumb drive to save work.


  • Own laptop with Photoshop CS4 or later installed.
  • Wacom tablet


June 30
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC United States

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