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Digital Painting

A 10-week course where you learn the essential tips, tricks and techniques of Photoshop to create realistic and visually appealing digital paintings

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Digital Painting

NEW format: Pre-recorded demos & live feedback

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

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.


Does your digital painting lack speed, realism, polish and a professional look? Do you wish you could create stunning digital paintings like today's top entertainment industry concept artists, illustrators and matte painters?


In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of painting in Photoshop from a top industry artist who will also teach you some tips and tricks that even many advanced digital artists don't know!

The beauty of digital painting is its greater speed, control, and ease of experimentation and this is why it is essential for today's industry artists. Through demonstration and one-on-one coaching, our instructor will teach you an efficient step-by-step method to realize your concepts in Photoshop. Emphasis is placed on composition, perspective, value, colour and lighting.

You will learn fundamental painting techniques as well as the tricks of the trade and most useful tools in Photoshop.

By the end of this class, you will have become proficient with a powerful method and set of tools for creating incredible digital artworks. From digital thumbnailing and rendering techniques to custom brushes and adjustment layers, you will have gained control over the most essential tools for today's industry artist. You will have a couple new pieces for your portfolio that you can be proud of and you will have the skills and knowledge to create beautiful and convincing digital paintings in Photoshop.

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 2
    Level 2

    Second level classes are for students who have a good foundation in the basics of realistic drawing (such as perspective, proportion, shading and colour theory) and already know how to use Photoshop, but need more in-depth knowledge to create professional and complex artwork.

    This level is about expanding knowledge, strengthening skills, and transitioning to the world of concept art and illustration.

  • Language English

Our Classes fill up on a First-come, First-served basis so register now to secure your spot!

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Note: This class will be offered online only

Recorded Class Release Date - Starts: Tuesday, January 3rd and will be released once a week every Tuesday

Live Feedback Session - Section A) Starts: Tuesday, January 10th 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, January 10th and is once a week from 4 to 5 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h) - English - Nino Vecia

Live Feedback Session - Section C) Starts: Tuesday, January 10th and is once a week from 5 PM to 6 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h) - English - Nino Vecia

Duration: 10 weeks

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!





Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

  • Some intermediate drawing and basic digital painting skills (use of proper perspective, proportions, shading and colour).
  • Proficiency in all basic Photoshop tools.
  • Ideally completed our Intro to Digital Painting and Analytical Sketching classes or have equivalent practice/experience.

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll.

Required Materials

You need to have a desktop computer or a laptop with Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion).



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

Class meetings typically begin with a lecture and live demonstration of digital painting techniques in Photoshop. Students then complete digital painting exercises in Photoshop while receiving one-on-one feedback and coaching from the instructor.


  • 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.

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

Week 1 | Bargue Plates - Learn to breakdown and measure complex shapes by replicating a
Bargue Plate
Week 2 | Plaster Casts - Understand the basics of light and form and apply it by painting a
Plaster Cast
Week 3 | Master Studies - Learn from the masters, we'll breakdown their paintings and gain
knowledge about some of their decision making
Week 4 | Material Studies - Focusing on textures, reflections and values, we'll learn the definingcharacteristics of what makes up a material
Week 5 | Digital Plein Air - You'll learn to simplify and breakdown landscapes, while pushing the
colours to make a more interesting digital plein air painting
Week 6 | Human Figure - Understand how to use basic structures to start the form of the
human figure, and bring it all the way into colour
Week 7 | Concepts from Chaos - Creating concepts can be difficult, but you'll learn how to use
photos to generate chaos and create interesting ideas
Week 8 | Advanced Tools - Using more advanced tools, we'll touch up on some techniques to
help speed up your painting process
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


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

Our Classes fill up on a First-come, First-served basis so register now to secure your spot!

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