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Brushes and Pixels: Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop

A course by Patricio Betteo
Illustrator. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined March 2017
, Illustrator

Learn to create illustrations with a pictorial appearance

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.1K)
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Learn to create illustrations with a pictorial appearance

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 13243 students
  • 29 lessons (5h 21m)
  • 15 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Patricio Betteo has been dedicated to the world of illustration for almost two decades. His work has appeared in various publishing media, such as children's books, magazines, graphic novels, comics and even in art for video games.

In this course you will learn to use digital painting tools to create illustrations with finishes very similar to those created with traditional techniques, changing the brushes for the pixels. Patricio will show you, step by step, his way of creating and his tricks to get pictorial effects.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Hello!
  • U2
    U2. The basics
  • U3
    U3. The brushes
  • U4
    U4. The gray scale
  • U5
    U5. The circle of colors
  • U6
    U6. Advanced
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by knowing the method of work of Patricio Betteo and the tools that he usually uses to give shape to his illustrations and the shortcuts that help him to be more efficient in his work.

Your first approach to digital painting will be through pixel art, first in grayscale and, later, using different color ranges.

You will learn how to use the Photoshop brushes, you will know which ones are Patricio's favorites and you will create your own set of artistic brushes.

Then, you will start working in high resolution, starting with making a still life, where you will learn to work the lights and shadows.

Using photographic references, you will discover how to work with the chromatic circle, the analogous, complementary colors and the way to balance the tonal palette of your works.

Finally, you will do a realistic painting exercise, where you must display all your creativity when painting.

What is this course's project?

You will not develop a single project, but you will create several digital paintings. At the end of this course, you will be able to adapt the techniques learned in your own images and your graphic interests.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at artists, painters, cartoonists, illustrators or any type of graphic artist interested in exploring new pictorial techniques to incorporate them into their creations.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Photoshop is necessary. It is also advisable to have previous notions of painting, drawing and illustration. The more you know, the more you can enjoy the artistic aspects of the course.

With respect to the materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet.


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Patricio Betteo

A course by Patricio Betteo

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Patricio Betteo studied graphic design at the Faculty of Arts and Design at UNAM in Mexico. His illustrations have been featured in diverse magazines such as Expansión, Rolling Stone, and Nexos, and he has exhibited his art in Mexico City, Bucharest, Madrid, and Paris. He also publishes cartoons and comic strips in QUO, Switch, and Chilango.

He illustrated the graphic novel by Tony Sandoval titled Gris: A través de los otoños, which was published in Switzerland and Mexico. Some of his most notable projects include Never Ever After, Mirador, and the graphic novel Mundo Invisible (winner of the 2011 National Graphic Novel Competition by Editorial JUS). He has also illustrated nearly thirty children’s books for publishing companies like Fondo de Cultura Ecónómica, SM, Sexto Piso, Alfaguara, and Almadía.

His devotion to drawing has opened the doors to work in concept art for video games (Grimm, Dance Central) as well as audiovisual animation, where he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his background art in the show Love, Death + Robots on Netflix.


  • U1


    • Who I am?
    • Visual fuel
    • How do I do it?
  • U2

    The basics

    • Hello Photoshop
    • The foundation blocks (I)
    • The foundation blocks (II)
    • A little inspiration
  • U3

    The brushes

    • Round brushes
    • Flat brushes
    • Select and paint
    • My brushes
  • U4

    The gray scale

    • Coloring Vs. Paint
    • A little theory
    • The theme and the line
    • General values
    • Particular values
    • Remembering the theory
  • U5

    The circle of colors

    • The color circle
    • Dialogues and rivalries
    • Adjusting the range
    • This is not the end
    • Brushes and shapes to color
  • U6


    • Composition layouts
    • Color layouts
    • Imaginary Landscape Illustration 1
    • A landscape II
    • Realism
    • Copying a photo I
    • Copying a Photo II
  • FP

    Final project

    • Brushes & Pixels: Introduction to digital painting in Photoshop

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Brushes and Pixels: Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop. Illustration course by Patricio Betteo Best seller

Brushes and Pixels: Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop

A course by Patricio Betteo
Illustrator. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined March 2017
  • 99% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 13243 students