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Science Fiction Illustration Tutorial : Photoshop CC

This tutorial for a commission book cover takes you through the creation of a science fiction illustration using various techniques in Photoshop CC. Establishing composition, ideation, sketching and thumbnailing to form the groundwork. Subsequent stages discuss layer blends, colour theory, and the stages through to the final illustration including a brief look at kitbashing in Blender.

This video is a little over 2 hours in length, slightly sped up for the initial sketches but settling down to a watchable pace for the majority of the run time and all with full commentary. Also included in this tutorial is a layered PSD of the main work stages so that you can dig into that whilst following along. I only use a couple of brushes (available from WLOP) that are pretty basic.

Length - 2 hours.

Format - QuickTime 1920×1080

Bonus Material – PSD file & jpegs

Language – English, full commentary

Software – Photoshop CC • Blender

Topics covered : 

• Sketching & Thumbnailing

• Composition

• Environment Design

• Digital Illustration

• Kitbashing

• Photobashing

• Layer Blends

File size - 6GB (For the full zip - Or download individual chapters & files)

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