Digital Illustration with Textures in Photoshop

A course by Juan Dellacha
Illustrator and graphic designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2019
, Illustrator and graphic designer

Learn to use textures and graphic resources to enrich your illustrations

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (153)
  • 2125 students
Digital Illustration with Textures in Photoshop

Learn to use textures and graphic resources to enrich your illustrations

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (153)
  • 2125 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 26 Lessons (5h 26m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Filling your textures and details illustrations can turn them into unique pieces that invite the viewer to get lost in them, exploring the visual language, composition and color. Learning to generate these visual resources is Juan Dellacha's specialty - graphic designer, illustrator and teacher at the University of Buenos Aires - who has worked for brands such as Cartoon Network, Adidas, Assisi, GulaVisual, Brava Estudio, among many other collaborations with his eclectic illustrations.

In this course you will learn to apply textures and graphics to your illustrations, enhancing the visual richness of your characters and settings. From color palettes of few colors, you can generate depth in the image and explore the expressiveness of digital tools by a professional.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Tools
  • U3
    U3. Project: Idea and Sketch
  • U4
    U4. Illustration
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin by knowing the work and influences of Juan Dellacha, and how he has been dialoguing in his process between analog and digital. He will show you some of his favorite "treasure books" found on the street or by chance in forgotten bookstores, his fascination with Pokemon's Gameboy graphics and the relationship with his work.

You will know the use of some basic Adobe Photoshop tools, starting with the use and selection of brushes: which ones to use for textured planes, for lines and details, and also for shading. Then, you will see how the application of masks ( layer mask ) and solid colors ( solid color ) works, in order to generate textures through brushes.

Through a demonstration, you will see how Juan generates textures from a canvas , combining some digital brushes and then creating a texture catalog. In addition, you will be introduced to the use of reduced color palettes, discovering their visual potential.

Then, you will do a series of tests with the brushes to find your own graphics, and apply shadows and textures to your illustrations in a more personal and graphic way.

You will start your illustration looking for elements, references, environments and situations that compose it. You will create a character in action and put it to the test in relation to a scenario with your textures, shading, colors and resources.

At the end of this course you will have known Juan's work process and some of his favorite tools to apply it to your illustrations.

What is this course's project?

You will create an illustration using composition techniques and creation of digital textures.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To beginner illustrators interested in learning basic texturing and shading techniques in digital illustration, who want to enhance their work and polish their style.

What you need

To take this course you will need basic knowledge of drawing and management of Adobe Photoshop.

Regarding the materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop installed, and it is advisable - although not essential - to have a graphics tablet.


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Juan Dellacha

A course by Juan Dellacha

Illustrator and graphic designer

He studied design at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), where he was an assistant professor of Graphic Design 1 (Gabriele Chair) and is currently a professor of Editorial Illustration (Catedra Roldán).

He worked in different design studios, and after about 3 years, he decided to venture into life freelance working for agencies such as: 90 + 10, Alegría Buenos Aires, Assisi, BeTwentyFive, Brava Estudio, DGPH, GulaVisual , Gonni Agency, Patricio Oliver, Smack, Tregua, WeNoise, among others.

As an illustrator he has designed and illustrated in diverse fields and projects. His experience and training have helped him develop versatility and rigor in the use of visual languages, color and composition, both to design and to illustrate. His specialty is to create visual resources for brands, ventures, magazines and events, from various fields and scales.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • Influences II
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2


    • Analog - Digital
    • Brushes I
    • Brushes II
    • Uniform color, layer mask and clipping mask
    • Letting go of my hand and generating textures I
    • Letting go of the hand and generating textures II
    • Use of reduced color palettes
    • Application of textures, shading and color I
    • Application of textures, shading and color II
    • Application of textures, shading and color III
  • U3

    Project: Idea and Sketch

    • First, the idea: Choose your own adventure
    • Sketch I: Structure and composition
    • Sketch II: Collage I
    • Sketch II: Collage II
  • U4


    • Plenary sessions, silhouettes and synthesis I
    • Plenary sessions, silhouettes and synthesis II
    • Plenary sessions, silhouettes and synthesis III
    • Color application I
    • Color Application II
    • Textures and final adjustments I
    • Textures and final adjustments II
    • Export
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Digital Illustration with Textures in Photoshop

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Digital Illustration with Textures in Photoshop. A Illustration course by Juan Dellacha

Digital Illustration with Textures in Photoshop

A course by Juan Dellacha
Illustrator and graphic designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (153)
  • 2125 students