Digital Shading Techniques

A course by Abraham García
Illustrator. Acámbaro, Mexico.
On Domestika since 10/18/2016
, Illustrator

Learn to illustrate with different patterns, hatching and strokes in Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (308)
  • 3457 students

Learn to illustrate with different patterns, hatching and strokes in Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (308)
  • 3457 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 22 Lessons (4h 5m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Illustrator and art director Abraham Garcia, who has worked for brands such as Harley Davidson, Jack Daniel's or Volkswagen, will teach you how to create illustrations using the technique of blending (or shading using parallel lines) with Illustrator and Photoshop.

This effect helps to bring strength and expressiveness to the image and, in the words of Abraham, "it is a good addition to the repertoire of any designer".

During the course, you will learn the basics of this technique through different exercises and design a whiskey label, a project that will allow you to discover the process of Abraham's illustration from beginning to end practicing illustration techniques, composition, typographic treatment and color.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Form and volume
  • U3
    U3. Our project
  • U4
    U4. Ornamentation and typographic treatment
  • U5
    U5. Treatment and separation of color
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin knowing the trajectory and the influences of Abraham García.

Next, you will discover the Illustrator brushes and tools used by Abraham to create shapes, shadows and volumes, as well as tips for preparing a file correctly.

Afterwards, you will start with the design of your label. To do this, you will learn to create a reference board in Photoshop, composition tricks, vectorize your sketch and add shadows and baselines.

You will add a typography to the project. You will learn to adjust the letters and add detail through lights, shadows and ornamentation with Photoshop.

Finally, you will add color to the label and prepare the file for printing by separating the color into different layers.

What is this course's project?

You will design a label for a brand of whiskey from scratch using the digital gaging technique.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To designers, illustrators and creatives in general interested in learning new illustration techniques.

What you need

To carry out the course it is recommended to have basic knowledge of drawing, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Regarding materials, you need a computer, installed design programs (Illustraror and Photoshop or similar) and, although it is not essential, the use of a graphic tablet is also recommended.


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Abraham García

A course by Abraham García


Abraham García is a graphic designer specialized in Illustration although he likes to experiment with a variety of traditional and digital techniques.

She has been working for advertising agencies for more than 10 years, such as Grupo W in Saltillo and Vault 49 in New York, where she currently works as a Freelance. In this time he has developed projects of branding, packaging, illustration, web design, album covers, etc.

Some of its clients are Harley Davidson, Gatorade, Jack Daniel's, Volkswagen, Bicycle Cards or publications such as Picnic, Quo or Travel and Leisure, among others.

Other of his passions are tattoos, cartoons, graffiti, movies and comics. He loves doing things with his hands from carpentry, industrial design or metal structures. For Abraham "the designers are the result of our tastes and passions".


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Form and volume

    • Basic brushes
    • Complex brushes
    • Tools
    • Lights and shadows - Part I
    • Lights and shadows - Part II
    • Preparation of the file
  • U3

    Our project

    • References
    • Photoshop Sketching - Part I
    • Photoshop Sketch - Part II *
    • Photoshop Sketch - Part III
    • Creation of main elements - Part I
    • Creation of main elements - Part II
    • Creation of main elements - Part III
  • U4

    Ornamentation and typographic treatment

    • Typography - Part I
    • Typography - Part II
    • Adding detail to our typography
    • Ornamentation - Part I
    • Ornamentation - Part II
  • U5

    Treatment and separation of color

    • Colour
    • Final finishes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital engraving techniques

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Digital Shading Techniques. A Illustration course by Abraham García

Digital Shading Techniques

A course by Abraham García
Illustrator. Acámbaro, Mexico.
On Domestika since 10/18/2016
  • 100% Positive reviews (308)
  • 3457 students