Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

A course by Nicholas Stevenson
Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer. Hereford, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020
, Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer

Create unique illustrations full of texture and mood using brushes, ink, objects, and prints

  • 112 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

Create unique illustrations full of texture and mood using brushes, ink, objects, and prints

  • Available from April 14, 2021
  • 112 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

“Texture is a huge part of my identity as an illustrator. Images speak to the silent part of the mind, and for me, texture has a direct line to raw emotion. It can instantly conjure atmosphere, celebration, joy, memory, mystery, tension, or drama.”

Illustrator and animator Nicholas Stevenson works with the rich authenticity of textures to create his unique visual language. He creates digital work that is full of physicality and emotion, and has illustrated for children’s books, music albums, and publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In this course, learn how to capture rich and exciting textures from the world around you. Discover techniques for scanning, saving, and blending custom handmade textures using Photoshop and learn to create dreamlike illustrations full of texture, emotion, and magic.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Creating a Library of Textures
  • U3
    U3. Still Life Exercise
  • U4
    U4. Production
  • U5
    U5. Post-Production
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet your teacher for this course, UK-based illustrator and animator Nicholas Stevenson. He shares his illustration work and discusses the concept of texture. Nicholas explores some advanced theories regarding how textures can be used in your work.

Begin by learning how to build your own library of textures.. Explore techniques for creating handmade brushes from just about anything, and make textures that are totally unique and inspired by your environment. Nicholas explains how textures and authenticity can really help set your work apart from other illustrators.

Learn how to scan and adjust textures in Photoshop. Start building an illustration using flat shapes and adding grayscale textures, clipping masks, and color fill layers. Experiment with stacking multiple textures and play with blend modes to see what’s possible with shadows and reflections.

With the technical skills you need, it’s time to create a dramatic illustrated scene. First, create some simple shapes and choose your color palette. Then import and apply your textures in Photoshop, making adjustments to light and shadow to affect the overall mood.

Finish with some of Nicholas’ post production tips and tricks, and discover how to prevent your digital images from decaying over time. Finally, learn some simple techniques for applying animation and texture to your final illustration.

What is this course's project?

Build your own library of unique textures and use them to create an atmospheric landscape illustration in Photoshop.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for anyone looking to use textures to develop their own visual language using Photoshop, including illustrators, pattern designers, graphic artists, digital painters, animators, and concept artists.

What you need

You will need a computer with Photoshop, access to a scanner or digital camera, some brushes, and black ink.

Basic photoshop skills and drawing skills are nice to have, but not necessary.

Nicholas Stevenson

A course by Nicholas Stevenson

Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer

Nicholas Stevenson is a UK-based illustrator and animator known for his magical and atmospheric textured images. Using old books, papers, and prints, he creates unique, handmade textures that are used to create digital illustrations with added authenticity and emotion.

Nicholas is a lecturer at Hereford College of Arts in the UK. He has illustrated for leading publications and brands including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Google Arts & Culture, and Save the Children. His work can also be found in non-fiction children’s books and on a wide variety of album covers.


  • U1


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

    Creating a Library of Textures

    • Handmade Marks
    • Decay and Print Marks
    • Scanning and Adjusting Your Textures
  • U3

    Still Life Exercise

    • Creating Flat Shapes 1
    • Creating Flat Shapes 2
    • Adding Grayscale Textures
    • Colour Fill
    • Stacking Textures
  • U4


    • Ideation and Thumbnails
    • Simple Shapes and Colour Choice
    • Texturing
    • Final Touches and Overall Feel
  • U5


    • Digital Textures
    • Texture in Animation
  • FP

    Final Project

    • X Texture Factory in Photoshop

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Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop. A Illustration course by Nicholas Stevenson

Texture Creation for Digital Illustration in Photoshop

A course by Nicholas Stevenson
Illustrator, Animator, and University Lecturer. Hereford, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020
  • 112 students