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





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