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Brushes and Pixels: Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop

A course by Patricio Betteo , Illustrator

Illustrator. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
Joined March 2017

Learn to create illustrations with a pictorial look

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 14522 students

Learn to create illustrations with a pictorial look

Looking to give your digital illustrations a more hand-painted look? Over more than two decades, illustrator Patricio Betteo has developed his own techniques and tricks that can help you do just that. His extensive career includes work in a wide variety of formats and mediums, including children's books, magazines, graphic novels, comics, and even art for video games.

In this online course, swap out the brushes for pixels and learn to use digital tools to mimic the look of conventional paintings.

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What will you learn in this online course?

29 lessons & 15 downloads

How do I do it?
12 minutes, 16 seconds
Hello Photoshop
9 minutes, 30 seconds
The foundation blocks (I)
11 minutes, 28 seconds
The foundation blocks (II)
12 minutes, 50 seconds
A little inspiration
4 minutes, 34 seconds
Round brushes
13 minutes, 23 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 14522 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
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Rather than completing a single project, learn to adapt the techniques from the course to your own images and graphic interests as you prepare multiple digital paintings.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Drawing artists, painters, cartoonists, illustrators, and any type of graphic artist interested in exploring new pictorial techniques that they can incorporate into their work.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of Photoshop are necessary. Some previous experience with painting, drawing, and illustration is also recommended and can help you get the most out of the artistic aspects of the course.

The only materials you need are a computer with Photoshop and a graphics tablet.


14522 Students
1151 Reviews
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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 a variety of magazines, such as Expansión, Rolling Stone, and Nexos, and he has exhibited his art in Mexico City, Bucharest, Madrid, and Paris. Patricio also publishes cartoons and comic strips in QUO, Switch, and Chilango.

He also illustrated the graphic novel Gris: A través de los otoños, which has been published in multiple countries. Some of his most notable projects include Never Ever After, Mirador, and the graphic novel Mundo Invisible, which won Editorial JUS's 2011 National Graphic Novel Competition. Patricio has 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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  • Learn at your own pace

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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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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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 (1.2K)
  • 14522 students