$ 25.00   USD
  • Course Code:  KP02

  • Term:  Open

  • Open for Enrollment

  • Self-paced

  • Course Author(s)
    Kristen Palana

Original Price:   $ 25.00   USD
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Photoshop: Quick and Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional


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    Kristen Palana



Photoshop: Quick and Easy Digital Painting Like a Professional


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 30 day 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.


I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.


I have over 15 years of experience 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 to your art, work, and everyday life.


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


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!


What are the requirements?

Bring an open mind, a willingness to learn new tricks, and a copy of Photoshop. Free trial versions are also available at Adobe's site.


What am I going to get from this course?

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


What is the target audience?

This course is for anyone looking to add new tricks and techniques to their artmaking toolbelt.

This course is for traditional artists who would like to learn to make digital work, illustrators, as well as so-called "non-creatives" who think they "can't draw."

This is NOT an in-depth Photoshop course. A selection of tools and techniques are discussed in depth for creating digital paintings but this course doesn't cover EVERY feature available in Photoshop.


Instructor Biography

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, & Digital Do-Gooder


My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.


I'm a multimedia artist and educator based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where I also run its Film and Digital Media Program. I have over 15 years of university teaching experience in Rome as well as in and around the NYC area. From July 2016 I'll be based in Yangon, Myanmar and look forward to new adventures.


I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.


I'm a dual American/Portuguese citizen and have offered art and multimedia courses in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


I love taking complex topics and making them simple. I'm currently researching 21st century learning methods and technologies and am enjoying exploring the world of online teaching and connecting with diverse groups of students from all over the world.


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