Illustration in Photoshop: Enchant with Color and Texture

A course by Catherine Pearson
Illustrator. Lausanne, Switzerland.
Joined May 2021
, Illustrator

Design stylized illustrations filled with playful details and gradients that are ready to share with the world

  • 100% positive reviews (45)
  • 785 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Design stylized illustrations filled with playful details and gradients that are ready to share with the world

  • 100% positive reviews (45)
  • 785 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 15m)
  • 21 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

We can think of color gradients as a metaphor for life; sometimes life requires a bold approach, and other times something a little softer. Illustrator Catherine Pearson creates striking artwork using color gradients, texture, and details for clients including Adobe MAX and Absolut Vodka.

In this course, she teaches you how to design captivating illustrations of your own. Learn how to take a client’s vision and transform it into a unique piece of art using Photoshop. Are you ready to invite people into a colorful world of enchanting illustrations?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting Ready
  • U3
    U3. Final Art in Photoshop
  • U4
    U4. Conclusions
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know illustrator Catherine Pearson. She talks through her creative journey to becoming a full-time illustrator, along with the influences that have inspired her career, from fellow artists to her family.

Begin with a creative brief. Catherine shares her advice on how to approach a brief, along with her process for preparing for a project. Look for inspiration for your mood board, then start experimenting with rough sketches. Discover how to make your illustrations your own through stylization before refining your sketch and choosing your color palette.

Next, learn how to use Photoshop to create the background of your illustration. Then incorporate texture to add depth and interest to your art using the software’s Brush Studio. Add playful details to your illustration before making your final tweaks and adjustments.

Learn how to export your files ready to share as wallpaper. Hear Catherine’s tips for posting your illustrations on social media, as well as her advice on becoming a full-time freelancer, including finding an agent, and seeking constructive criticism.

What is this course's project?

Design and illustrate a downloadable digital wallpaper in Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in developing their illustration skills and learning how to work on client commissions.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop will be beneficial.

You will need a paper and pencil or a digital drawing tablet, as well as access to a computer with Photoshop installed.


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Catherine Pearson

A course by Catherine Pearson

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Catherine Pearson is an illustrator based in Switzerland who specializes in creating detailed artwork filled with texture. Growing up, Catherine always considered herself creative, experimenting with everything from fashion to comic design. She later discovered a passion for illustration after studying for a degree in the art form. After graduating, she spent time exploring and refining her style before beginning to work with illustration agencies in 2018.

Catherine’s illustrations have been featured in magazines, at events, on product packaging, and more. She has worked for clients including Lausanne Lumières Festival, Adobe MAX, and Absolut Vodka Switzerland. She also co-founded the brand The Good Apple, where she creates artwork and souvenirs inspired by Switzerland, its history and culture.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Getting Ready

    • Client Brief, Preparation and Tools
    • Mood Board and First Sketch
    • Stylization 1
    • Stylization 2
    • Refined Sketch and Color Tests 1
    • Refined Sketch and Color Tests 2
  • U3

    Final Art in Photoshop

    • Background 1
    • Background 2
    • Textures
    • Adding Our Key Elements 1
    • Adding Our Key Elements 2
    • Adding Our Key Elements 3
    • Adding Our Key Elements 4
    • Last Tweaks and Adjustments
  • U4


    • Do You Want to Go Full-Time?
    • Preparing Your Files and Sharing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Illustration with Gradients

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Illustration in Photoshop: Enchant with Color and Texture. Illustration course by Catherine Pearson

Illustration in Photoshop: Enchant with Color and Texture

A course by Catherine Pearson
Illustrator. Lausanne, Switzerland.
Joined May 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (45)
  • 785 students