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Digital Background Painting for Animation

A course by Susan Yung , Designer, Illustrator, and Background Painter for Animation

Designer, Illustrator, and Background Painter for Animation. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined January 2020

Learn the entire process of creating digital background scenes for 2D animations in Photoshop

  • Best seller
  • 98% positive reviews (238)
  • 6163 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the entire process of creating digital background scenes for 2D animations in Photoshop

A course by Susan Yung

When it comes to animation, background painting has the power to enhance a story with meaning and breathe life into each scene through the use of shapes, color, and lighting. Background painter, illustrator, and designer Susan Yung has been passionate about animation since a little girl. And through perseverance and dedication, she turned her passion into her full-time job, working with animation studios such as Netflix, Green Portal Studios, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, and Cartoon Network.

Discover how to bring a background painting to life in Photoshop with Susan’s step-by-step creative process. Learn the basic theory behind color and lighting, see how to work with an efficient workflow, and explore Susan’s insider tips and tricks to use Photoshop like a professional. Are you ready to delve into background painting for animation?

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 19 downloads

Layers and Shortcuts
11 minutes, 52 seconds
Photoshop Brushes and Textures
8 minutes, 42 seconds
Grouping Your Composition
10 minutes, 30 seconds
Lighting Practice
9 minutes, 12 seconds
Let’s Add Some Color!
11 minutes, 19 seconds
Details
13 minutes, 7 seconds
  • 98% positive reviews (238)
  • 6163 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 20m)
  • 19 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Complete a professional background painting scene for animation production.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning the skills needed to become a background painter in animation production.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you will need to have a working knowledge of Photoshop.

As for materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop.


Reviews

6163 Students
238 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Susan Yung

A course by Susan Yung

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Designer, Illustrator, and Background Painter for Animation

Since a young girl growing up in Hong Kong, Susan was captivated by eastern and western animations. This sparked a profound curiosity that would send her to art college in Los Angeles, California with the intention to fulfill her dream: working in animation. Although a Design internship at a motion design studio wasn’t what Susan hoped was her first job, it was where she discovered the art of background painting.

Through tons of passion and dedication, Susan got her first job as a background painter at Nickelodeon and hasn’t looked back since. She has worked on animation series for Netflix, Green Portal Studios (Solar Opposites for Hulu), Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, and Cartoon Network.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in the Course?
  • U2

    Preparation: Color, Lighting, and Photoshop

    • Principles of Color and Lighting 1
    • Principles of Color and Lighting 2
    • Layers and Shortcuts
    • Photoshop Brushes and Textures
    • Finding References
  • U3

    Let’s Plan!

    • Grouping Your Composition
    • Color Thumbnails
    • Lighting Practice
  • U4

    Bringing It to Life!

    • Let’s Add Some Color!
    • Details
    • Light It Up!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Background Painting for Animation

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Digital Background Painting for Animation. Illustration, 3D, and Animation course by Susan Yung Best seller

Digital Background Painting for Animation

A course by Susan Yung
Designer, Illustrator, and Background Painter for Animation. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined January 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (238)
  • 6163 students