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Photoshop: Pastel Drawing

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Learn how to use Photoshop's chalk and pastel brushes to create convincing dry media artwork, and optimize the settings for digital drawing and painting.

Photoshop's natural-media capabilities are somewhat overshadowed by its photocentric tools. But the chalk and pastel brushes in Photoshop are capable of realistically emulating their traditional counterparts, with the added benefit of a forgiving digital medium. This course aims to expose the chalk and pastel features of Photoshop and provide a clear understanding of how to access and use them to their best advantage. Author John Derry is a master of digital painting; by following along with his expert, friendly instruction, you'll be able to utilize these tools to create your own convincing dry media artwork.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • Installing custom content
1. Locating Photoshop’s Natural Media Tools
  • Tool presets vs. brush presets
  • Improving brush performance
  • Personalizing pressure response
  • Using tilt for greater expression
  • Managing erodible tip behavior
  • Taking advantage of surface texture
2. Creating a Pastel Drawing
  • Roughing in the basic sketch
  • Blocking in color
  • Creating tonality with blending
  • Finalizing with detail
  • Next steps

Taught by

John Derry

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