Lighting and Color for Digital Portraits in Photoshop

A course by Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)
Artist and Illustrator. Selangor, Malaysia.
On Domestika since 10/08/2019
, Artist and Illustrator

Capture mood and atmosphere in your artwork with lighting and color techniques

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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Lighting and Color for Digital Portraits in Photoshop

Capture mood and atmosphere in your artwork with lighting and color techniques


  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 857 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 31 Lessons (6h 53m)
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  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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Color and lighting are an artist’s best ally when it comes to capturing a mood or concept. Artist Karmen Loh, also known as Bearbrickjia, has mastered the art of capturing dream-like hues and halos in her portraits using Photoshop. In this course, she shows you how to tell your story through the use of color and lighting to visually enhance your digital artwork.

This is Karmen Loh’s second course on Domestika. In her first course, she teaches the basics of creating a fantasy portrait on Photoshop by sharing her step-by-step method. This course is the ideal sequel for those who enjoyed her first course, as well as anyone who wants to give their artwork a sense of magic and wonder through lighting and color. Are you ready to delve into Bearbrickjia’s ethereal portrait universe?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Color and Lighting
  • U3
    U3. Your Final Project
  • U4
    U4. Finishing and Enhancing the Portrait
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Karmen, discover how she got started in digital illustration, and learn about what inspires her work. See what you’ll learn throughout the course to help develop your final project.

Delve into lighting and color by analyzing movie stills, art, and more to see how mood and atmosphere are created. See different types of lighting for portraits and learn the purpose of each one. Start working on Karmen’s first practical exercise to practice basic color and lighting.

Get started with your final project by finding a theme or story you want to tell and collecting references to create a mood board. Sketch out your ideas in Photoshop by experimenting with Karmen’s favorite tools and tricks. Learn how to apply base colors and lighting to the portrait by understanding how to use complementary colors and shadows.

In the final unit, enhance your portrait with unique details and see how Karmen uses tools like Liquify to polish her artwork. Lastly, add some glow and depth to your artwork and learn how to export your finished piece for print and digital media.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital portrait that tells a story, using lighting and color to fill it with mood and atmosphere.

Who is it for?

For anyone interested in digital portrait painting, especially those interested in improving their color and lighting skills to enhance the mood and atmosphere of their work.

What you need

To take this course, it is recommended to have previous digital drawing experience with Adobe Photoshop.

As for materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop and a graphics tablet.


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Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)

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Artist and Illustrator

Karmen Loh, also known as Bearbrickjia, has been illustrating digitally for almost 10 years. Her work captures a sense of calm, creating a dream-like mood that is followed and adored by her +400K fans on Instagram.

Before becoming a freelance artist full time, Karmen worked for major game titles like Street Fighter and Steel Circus. She now dedicates her full creative attention to creating magical fantasy portraits, collaborating with brands such as XP-Pen and YouTube channels like MrSuicideSheep.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Color and Lighting

    • Colors and Mood
    • Lighting on Portrait
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 1
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 2
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 3
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 4
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 5
    • Demo Exercise (Color and Lightings) 6
  • U3

    Your Final Project

    • Set a Theme and Collect References
    • Sketch 1
    • Sketch 2
    • Sketch 3
    • Applying Basic Colors and Lighting 1
    • Applying Basic Colors and Lighting 2
    • Applying Basic Colors and Lighting 3
    • Applying Basic Colors and Lighting 4
  • U4

    Finishing and Enhancing the Portrait

    • Rendering 1
    • Rendering 2
    • Rendering 3
    • Rendering 4
    • Rendering 5
    • Rendering 6
    • Enhance Light and Add Glow 1
    • Enhance Light and Add Glow 2
    • Enhance Light and Add Glow 3
    • Enhance Light and Add Glow 4
    • Enhance Light and Add Glow 5
    • Exporting Files
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Lighting and Color for Digital Portraits in Photoshop

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Lighting and Color for Digital Portraits in Photoshop. A Illustration course by Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)

Lighting and Color for Digital Portraits in Photoshop

A course by Karmen Loh (Bearbrickjia)
Artist and Illustrator. Selangor, Malaysia.
On Domestika since 10/08/2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 857 students