Digital Shading Techniques

A course by Abraham García , Illustrator

Illustrator. Acámbaro, Mexico.
Joined October 2016

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

  • English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (714)
  • 11088 students

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

A course by Abraham García

Looking for a creative way to add a punch of expressiveness to your projects? Follow along with illustrator and art director Abraham García as he teaches you the hatching technique—a process that uses parallel lines to add shading—in Illustrator and Photoshop.

This original technique is a great addition to any designer's artistic repertoire.

In this online course, master the fundamentals of the hatching technique as you work through different exercises. Use your new skills to design a whiskey label by following Abraham's process from beginning to end, including practice with illustration, composition, font, and color techniques.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 15 downloads

Basic brushes
4 minutes, 58 seconds
Complex brushes
18 minutes, 7 seconds
10 minutes, 16 seconds
Lights and shadows - Part I
19 minutes, 37 seconds
Photoshop Sketching - Part I
14 minutes, 28 seconds
Photoshop Sketch - Part II *
14 minutes, 28 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (714)
  • 11088 students
  • 22 lessons (4h 5m)
  • 15 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design a label for a whiskey brand from scratch using the digital hatching technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, illustrators, and creatives of all types who are interested in learning new illustration techniques.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of drawing, Illustrator, and Photoshop is recommended.

With regards to materials, you need a computer with design software (Illustrator and Photoshop or similar programs). A graphics tablet is recommended although not essential.


11088 Students
714 Reviews
98% Positive ratings
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Abraham García

A course by Abraham García

Teacher Plus

Abraham García is a graphic designer who specializes in illustration but also enjoys experimenting with a wide variety of traditional and digital techniques.

Over the last ten years, he has worked with advertising agencies like Grupo W in Saltillo, Mexico, and Vault 49 in New York, where he currently works as a freelance artist. Throughout this time, he has developed projects for branding, packaging, illustration, web design, album covers, and more.

Some of Abraham’s clients include Harley Davidson, Gatorade, Jack Daniel’s, Volkswagen, Bicycle Cards, and publications such as Picnic, Quo, and Travel and Leisure.

Abraham is also passionate about tattoos, caricatures, graffiti, film, and comics. He enjoys working with his hands on projects involving carpentry, industrial design, and metal structures. For him, “As designers, we are the result of our interests 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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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Digital Shading Techniques. Illustration course by Abraham García

Digital Shading Techniques

A course by Abraham García
Illustrator. Acámbaro, Mexico.
Joined October 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (714)
  • 11088 students