I’ve always loved browsing the insanely detailed and realistic artwork created by digitally painting in Photoshop, so this year I’m planning on setting aside some time to learn the basics myself. I’ve read through numerous online tutorials and have hand picked the best to share with you today. All the tutorials showcased in this post describe the step by step process and offer useful tips to help you get started with the art of digital painting.

Despite being an extremely popular subject it’s pretty difficult finding guides or tutorials that actually explain the process in detail. There’s stacks of ‘speed painting’ videos you can watch in awe, but they don’t really offer any tips or advice. There’s also plenty of design process explanations, but most seem to be aimed at advanced artists and often resemble the image above, where the design goes from a rough sketch to the completed piece in just a couple of steps! Thankfully there’s a small bunch of tutorials that explain the basics and provide useful information such as brush settings and sensitivity levels. The best of which are featured below:
Dianae Digital Painting Tutorial

Zombie Portrait in Photoshop

Colouring in Photoshop

Wonder Woman Pin Up Digital Painting Tutorial

Complete Digital Painting Tutorial

How to Draw a Portrait in Photoshop

Kikisaurus Digital Painting Tutorial

Hannsaki Digital Painting Tutorial

The Making of Rest

Basic Photoshop Painting Tutorial

Seiorai Digital Painting Tutorial

Making of Equilibrium

Digital Painting 101 Video Tutorial

How To Paint a Wolf

Making of New Species

The Process of Painting Natalie

Advanced Portrait Tutorial

Basic Digital Painting

Freehand Painting with Photoshop

Making of The Confrontation

Skepsisfox Digital Painting Tutorial