【10 Digital Art Tips】 For Beginners

Hello and welcome to my first digital tutorial
on this channel. I’ve uploaded some digital speedpaints before,
and even though they are a bit older at this point, I still recommend checking them out
afterwards. But a tutorial on digital art? I’ve never done that because I don’t really
feel that consistent with the way I work digitally. I mean, there are probably a dozen ways to
draw a simple circle so you can imagine the many ways to do digital art in general. Personally I tend to shift my way of working
with almost every picture. But there are basic tools and methods that
have been consistent for me and I want to share those with you. I will mostly use Photoshop and a bit of Clip
Studio Paint, because these are the ones I have the most experience with. But a lot of these of these tips will be transferable
to other software and often the way you do things are very similar. 1. Work with Shortcuts
Before starting a digital artwork it is helpful to know about the keyboard shortcuts that
are available. These will save you an immense amount of time,
especially if your tablet has express keys to assign them to. There are lots of different preferences and
you might not even know some of these exist. So let me give you a few recommendations that
I use:. Ctrl+Z for undoing things is the most common
and should definitely always be on your mind or assigned to one of your expresskeys Holding R allows you to rotate your canvas
freely and therefore is also a nice shortcut you might want to keep for an expresskey. Then we have Ctrl+T which is for the transform
tool and helpful if you started to big or too small. Scale, rotate or distort things with this. Ctrl- and Ctrl+ is for zooming and especially
timesaving so I have them on express keys as well. Of course this becomes obsolete if your touch
enabled tablet allows you to pinch to zoom with your fingers. The Alt key, while in brush mode, activates
the color picker as long as you hold it. I use it so frequently that I have it assigned
to a button on my stylus. This is incredibly helpful with painting,
but more on that later. For the other button on the stylus I usually
use the Right-Click, which in Photoshop lets you browse through your brush set and adjust
the size of the brush. 2. Pick your Brushes
Early on when I started digital art I really got caught up with brushes, playing around
and even creating some of my own from photos with really low resolution. I thought that other digital artists were
only so good because they had that one specific brush that I would never get my hands on. There are some brushes that are perfect for
a highly specific thing like certain textures, clouds or chains. But for most of your drawing and painting
process, a simple round brush is often enough. You can change the pen pressure, the hardness
and opacity and I learned that this already gives you a lot of options in your hand. But it can also be a lot of fun to try out
different brushes, so I will link a few awesome brush sets in the description of this video. And while you’re there, click the Like button
😉 3. Sketching
For sketching I typically use a simple round brush with slightly reduced opacity. Why a lower opacity? When you’re drawing many lines over or along
each other, the areas they have in common will come out stronger. This acts as a great guide for when you work
on your lineart later. You can of course experiment with different
brushes if you want your sketch to have a certain aesthetic. Make sure to put the sketch on its own layer. That way you can color it if needed. Try not to lose yourself in details too much
and rather focus on the overall composition and proportions. When working digitally you can easily mirror
the image, which can quickly expose errors that you might overlook because you get so
used to your drawing in its regular orientation. 4. Use the Liquify and transformation tool
When you spot mistakes after drawing for a bit, there are great tools you can use to
avoid having to draw everything from scratch again. Two of these are the liquify and transform
tools. As I mentioned, you can mirror the sketch
to see any oddities that have gone unnoticed and then use the liquify tool to push and
warp everything to its correct place. I love this tool because you can just play
around with it, because sometimes you are not really sure what exactly is wrong with
your drawing until you see it corrected. A tool like Liquify can also be found in Krita
and Gimp. But another helpful tool that is also included
in Clip Studio Paint is the transform tool. There is a bit of a difference between those
programs but the application is pretty similar and great to use on details. Use a lasso and circle the area you want to
change, the eyes for example. Then use transform to create a grid to warp
the subject to your liking. It’s especially helpful when you want to match
objects to a certain perspective, like for example add posters to a wall. An important note though: The liquify or the
transformation tool is best used while you are still in the sketching process because
they lower the quality of the areas you work on. Lines for example often become noticeably
blurry afterwards. With the sketch it usually is no big deal,
since it will most likely disappear later in the process anyway. But if you warp your lineart heavily you might
notice it. 5. Lineart vs. Painting
Something that you should be aware of once you are satisfied with your sketch is that
you can go in basically two different directions from there. You can continue and start working on a lineart
which is often the case with manga or cartoon drawings that have significant lineart. Or you can work in a more painterly manner
for a rendered look. In that case you want to work with areas and
only use the sketch as your guide. If you choose the lineart route you would
first create a new layer on top of your sketch. To set the lineart apart from the sketch in
the process, you can either lower the opacity of the underlying sketch layer or you can
color it. Either way, doing this will help you distinguish
the lineart from the sketch while keeping both visible. Doing the lineart can often be quite exhausting
in my experience. A lot of time is wasted on undoing brush strokes
which you’re trying to match to the underlying sketch. Unfortunately there is no real shortcut around
this, other than for example copying or mirroring single elements to re-use them wherever possible. For drawing Linearts I recommend using Clip
Studio Paint or Paint Tool SAI rather than Photoshop. Clip Studio Paint creates very crisp and sharp,
thin lines that look a lot cleaner compared to the ones you can do in Photoshop for example. After years of using both I always end up
feeling that lineart done in Photoshop comes out more rough, sketchy and shaky. But of course you can use whatever you like
most. When it comes to architecture or other objects
with lots of even, straight lines I can recommend Photoshop. Turn off the pen pressure and hold shift to
connect points with a line easily. If you want to go more into realistic rendering,
just skip the lineart and move on to the next step which is … 6. Creating a base
First we want to create a basic layer that helps us stay inside the lines when we color. One way to do it is using the lasso tool to
trace the outer line of your drawing. This way you make a selection of the inside
that you can then fill on a seperate layer. With a tidy and clean lineart that doesn’t
have any gaps, the magic wand can save you some time. Select the space outside of our drawing and
then invert the selection. This effectively selects the inside of your
lineart. Fill it and you have a solid base layer. Once we have that, we want to make sure we
only paint on the base and not outside of it. For that, you can lock the layer. Now, you can only paint on the parts of that
layer that already have color in them. 7- Clipping layers
If you are scared of making mistakes – like me – and also want to quickly adjust and
change things, make sure to try using clipping layers. For that you need to right click on your layer
and select “Create clipping mask”. Here you can see me being able to paint everywhere. But as soon as I create a clipping mask, everything
outside the area that we defined with our base layer disappears. Only the areas that overlap with the base
layer can now be seen. The rest gets clipped. This is super helpful, because now we only
have to focus on the area inside the line art. Using this technique you can create layers
for the single purposes like hair, skin, eyes, clothes. Basically as many as you like. Just keep in mind that you will quickly increase
the number of layers and navigating hundreds of them can become quite confusing. Anyway, now that we have our base done, we
can start shading. 8. How to use the Color Picker
The color picker is one of the essential tools for digital painting. As I said previously, I recommend assigning
it to a button on your stylus, or at least somewhere easily reachable. The color picker – asits name implies – picks
up the visible color so you can use that as follows. Chose the layer you want to paint on and start
with a shadow tone for example. Now you can hold the key for the Color Picker,
pick up a transition tone, let go of the key and you can immediately keep painting with
your brush. Of course this also works with highlights
or just to keep a consistent color scheme, because you only use colors that are already
present in your painting. 9. Smudging tool is not as bad as it seems
For a long time I despised the smudging tool because it has such a characteristic look
when you try to implement it in your work. But that was because I didn’t know how to
use it properly. The smudge tool actually is pretty versatile. You can use different brushes with it, creating
different effects. You can use it for textures and interesting
transitions. What I love to use it for is to soften edges. For example, I start cel-shading a piece and
then just go over the hard edges to soften them to my liking. The brush isn’t standard with photoshop
as far as I know, but you can easily build such a brush for the smudge tool yourself. Pick the smudge tool and open a regular round
soft brush. Then open the brush settings and set the spacing
to 25% , scatter to 29%, countjitter to 46%, activate transfer and you are done. 10. Layer Blending Styles
Last but not least let’s take a quick look at some of the blending styles for layers
that are worth checking out. Multiply is great when you scanned your traditional
lineart and want to start coloring. Just put your line art on top and set it on
multiply to make the white paper transparent Screen is very helpful to create light effects. For example I took this photo of a sparkler
and set the layer to screen which makes all the black tones transparent. It’s like the negative version of multiply Overlay is best for textures. If you want to give your art a watercolor
look you can use textures and overlay them to add them to your painting Color is useful to change colors on individual
areas and play around with color schemes. Would the ring look better in silver? Create a layer set to “color” and draw
on the area with a grey tone to try it. Last but not least, here is some general advice
on your tools. A bonus tip if you will:
For digital art there are loads of options regarding both software and hardware. From normal drawing tablets to screen tablets,
to tablet computers there is a variety of brands, qualities and prices you can choose
from. I have noticed that a lot of beginning artists
imagine that you can only create good art with a screen tablet but that’s a misconception. Back in 2005 I used a Graphire 4 and Photoshop
Elements that came with it. At that point I only occasionally did digital
art and I wasn’t sure whether I would be doing it much in the future. Not because it was so weird to not look at
the surface you are physically drawing on but simply because learning the program was
actually a lot harder. After using the screenless tablets for about
10 years I eventually figured that I wanted to upgrade to a Cintiq. My advice would be to let the tools grow with
you. Start with a tablet appropriate to your needs
and budget. You don’t want to spend a fortune on a tablet
when you do not see see yourself working with it for a long time. For beginners, I highly recommend starting
with a classic drawing tablet without a screen on it because they are far more affordable
and you won’t hate yourself too much if it starts gathering dust. With practice you will get used to looking
at your computer monitor. After all, you can always see where the cursor
is on screen. Some people actually use games like OSU to
practice their accuracy if they’re not drawing or painting something anyway. For digital art, I think understanding of
the software is often times more crucial for your workflow than whether your drawing tablet
has a screen built in or not. But what do you think. Do you have any experiences with drawing digitally
that you want to share? What was your favourite tip? Let me know in the comments 🙂 By the way, it’s not too late to act on
your New Year’s resolution! If you want to learn a new skill, try out
a new hobby or get deeper knowledge of something you already do then have a look at Skillshare. It’s an online learning community with thousands
of classes on drawing, painting, design and more. A few years ago I wanted to learn bookbinding
and using Skillshare I made one or actually several books by following some of
their classes. My editor Matt is also learning Illustrator
right now by following a class on Skillshare. How is that going for you? Well I’m not good at the whole art thing
but know I understand the software at least 😀 With a Premium Membership you will gain unlimited
access to high-quality classes made by experts in their fields and at $10 a month for an
annual subscription it is also more affordable than most learning platforms out there. But I’ve also got a special offer for you:
By following the link in the video description you can get two months for free. This offer is only available for the first
500 people who sign up using that link so be quick. Alright, if you found these tips helpful please
give this video a like and subscribe for more. Thank you very much for watching and I see
you next time.


  • mo meils

    How can I set the eyedropper tool to be the left/right click on my pen??? ive been trying to figure it out all day fjdjjdks

  • Hylia

    Why did I find this video only now T_T sooo many helpful tipps and examples from Zelda, damn gotta subscribe immediatly

  • MadyLuvsAnime

    Great video!!!

  • Reaperlivywolf13 TCW

    My biggest tips are…
    1). Check what layer your on all the time
    2). Save your art, it won't save on its own
    3). Double check all the layers
    4) re-number your layers if you change them
    5). Check what brush your using

    Also these tips are super helpful tysm!! Also I have the Microsoft Surface so I usually use that to do most of my art. System I use is Krita (cause it's free 🙏)

  • one_little otaku

    1:33 I cried when I saw Keith

  • Keryn S

    i am seriously in need of learning this software , and this helped so much.

  • Ivan Chavez

    Okay, is it just me is or that Dabi Good as Heck?!?!

  • Oz Shaw

    how about MS paint? any tips?

  • rthur duj

    This helps soooooooo much you r the best

  • kevin gutiérrez

    I already knew most of these tips, but you use them in other ways, so I find your video very useful

  • Centauri

    I cannot agree more on expensive tablets being overrated and unnecessary unless you're going to use them daily on a semi-pro to pro-level .
    I've been drawing digitally for almost 10 years , i have tried all kinds of tablet formats and ranges ( without in-built screens mostly ), and my fondest memories are still of my tiny-arse A5 Wacom Bamboo that lasted for about 7 years .
    It still works !
    But the drivers are so outdated that it stopped being recognised on any Windows version higher than Windows 7 .

  • DoctorSiggy

    I aint no beginner, but here I am.
    me baby, i swear

  • Tarena

    0:55 damn, I have exactly the same tablet with exactly the same button for undo with exactly the same “Undo” title
    What a coincidence 😅

  • Everest Puppets

    Person: Wow! This was very helpful!

  • xX xXDjKittyXx Xx

    i understand this video the most out of all i watched

  • Leon OwO

    Does this work with Ibis Paint X?

  • Animate!AtTheDisco

    YOooooooo this really helped!

  • AniMay

    Cool. Time to jump of a window cause I was doing everything wrong

  • Michael Fellmann

    Thanks mate

  • Cornlips 4

    Amazing video!

  • sketchy sword

    Why does the thumbnail look like shiro from voltron.

    Wait it is… whoops I'm dumb

  • Sir Djorlax The Internets Last Knight

    he really did the 2 claps on bonus advice

  • Kafaloto Feao

    more info on colouring line art pls

  • Just another Army

    Yeah…. that moment when you watch the whole video but didn't get anything bc you don't have any of those things aaaand you're not an native speaker…. and I'm pretty sure that my grammar is bad too xD but it was fun to watch this

  • 4K Pony

    I draw on small phone
    With my big thumbs
    And my art still had perfect line

    Im using IbisPaintx

  • Mahesh Dixit

    Which is dat game.. He mentioned.. Some people plays just to improve der using pen tablets ability

  • Pukamaroo

    Does anyone know if these brush settings are accessible on Medibang paint pro? I've been using Medibang since forever, but I don't think I've ever seen those settings for the brushes before. I'd love to use that smudge/smearing technique! It would be super helpful for smothing out my shading!

  • Fausto Araujo

    Holding Alt + right click in photoshop lets you edit your brush size and hardness.
    You might have to touch the pen to the drawing tablet for it to work because of windows 10… Still, that's useful
    It works 100% with the mouse.

  • Lydia Robertson

    My advice: Linear Burn for shadows, don't use black but darker purples or oranges. It looks far more realistic.

  • Hectic1 Tech

    Took me a day to get used to drawing tablet, but i need to get the hang of a few things like shortcuts and to use some tools, started using krita, i hope it can do what photoshop can do for painting, cause i like it more for line art but i'd rather just use one app for both, i'm not that good at either, atm i'm just trying to get to where im at with regular drawing and painting

  • Mystify

    {-Always hearing drawing tablets.-} ''I've had only been using 'Computers' and still use them from this day for me, it's very easy, everyone says they are very hard to use because the moose is all over the place and a lot of other things wrong with computers. I've been using the computer for a very long time and started to draw, it only took a few mins before I got the hang of it. my friends hate me for showing off with a computer when they tried to do what I do instead I get yelled at I'd rarely hear anyone who draws with a computer. and if there's any in here that'll be amazing. Because I'm a lonely potato. ;-; It's a nice video It helped me. I'd write some of it down for me to use it because I can forget some things easily, <3

  • Ismaïl Ghali

    for drawing is illustrator better than photoshop ?

  • Mari's Corner

    For zooming I prefer to use the Z key (photoshop) . When holding it, you can slide you pen on the tablet to zoom in and out, I feel like I have a lot more control then using cntrl -. Also, holding space instead of Z makes moving the canvas a lot easier too, these two buttons for me are indispensable.

  • Sivabalan J

    That clap.

    A fellow 9 year old eh???

  • Zpena Artist

    How did people not realize at 2:15 THAT WAS FREAKING DABI FROM MY HERO ACADEMIA

  • Onaje Gregory

    you should definitely do a udemy course man .. this was excellent

  • amvxre

    0:26–0:27 so nobody's gonna say anything about aoba?

  • AuriGnal

    I loved he way ypu asked to like the video. You didn't order us.

  • Your girl Hanji

    I tend to use clip studio since I use it for my manga and this did help me a lot cause there was some stuff I didn’t even know how to do

  • Justin

    What's the software and pad that you use?

  • Strawberries UwU

    Do you have any tips for..IbisPaintX? Because thats the app I use

  • The Mighty Derp

    0:55 Seriously getting Selatan from Eggnoid vibes from this sketch.

  • Michelle S

    Danke! Endlich redet mal einer langsam!

    Ps: Ich hab immer noch keinen Plan wie ich Layers in Krita machen soll xD

  • The Random Expert

    I’m on a chrome book how do I draw on that

  • Lunar 450

    I know it's random but I love your voice!

  • LightAccel

    dude this is amazing thanks a lot 😀

  • lexalot

    This video is an actual lifesaver, thank you

  • Sharmaine Samantha Butac

    Thank you so much. This helps me a lot. 😍😊

  • Alya Almarzouqi

    meanwhile me: drawing with my finger on my iPhone xD

  • Pex pert

    dieses Video hat mir mega weiter geholfen hast dir ein Abo verdient und deine Zeichnungen sind der hammer 👌

  • TUNA

    thx bro very helpfull <3

  • colm duggan


  • jorge henrique

    i'm a beginner and i need to say i love this video thank you <3

  • Shakol_

    I use Medibang for my Digital Art

  • Sheena Dang

    i totally agree that it is literally about learning the program when it comes to digital art

  • ToxiSpore

    i started out drawing as a hobby so my degenrate furry draws are bad xD.. but seeing artistd just..inspires me to learn how to draw and color, atleast i can draw my ugly sona under 3 hours instead of 2 full days i still have a problem drawing a circle and my hands are too shakey…also i cannot afford even cheapest of drawing tablets and my pc is too bad for them anyway..so i am drawing on my phone using IbisPaint X as it looked the…cutest? but seeing this video made me want to draw a face only in my Sona but with more work on it so thank you for the vid! really inspiring!

  • Ivy Mitsuno [Ivychandessu]

    another sort-cut, to mirror the image, press H (unless you have that signed for something else)
    I digital draw for 5 years, not really a bigginer, but i still am with the tecniues and CPS that i bought recently
    PS: I still use a waccom small and pen…made and still make amazing works with it :3

  • 誰か

    I'm going to beg my parents to buy me a laptop and drawing tablet bc I really like digital art. I'm pretty good at drawing I think I will be able to draw something good,my friend let me use her laptop and drawing tablet once and thet's how I started to like digital art

  • Blueberry lemonade

    I love your voice

  • Crystal Flights

    your art is so cool my dude

  • Lyonn Margarittha

    He made Dabi

  • TwoReel Productions

    I've been an amateur animator for 14 years…. now I finally want to learn the fundamentals so ly art looks better. Lol

  • s h a r i

    im sorry my hands failed as an artist, which is why im here.

  • Vloopy

    Which cintiq is that?

  • nerak castro

    y uno utilizando solo ibixpaint :"v

  • pickles_ 04

    I LOVE your videos..! Your tutorials have helped me with a lot of my art, even though I’m digital based… I was really hoping you could do an anatomy tutorial? Any gender would be helpful.

  • Mid

    I think I'm crushing on the guy on the thumbnail

  • Amber Baker

    Your art is astonishing.. I'm blown away

  • Cari Mayle

    I love using Clipping layers all the time. Because I use clipping layers all the time, I wanted a faster way to create them. If you hold alt, and move your cursor in between two layers, your curse will change to a box with an arrow pointing down. If you click, this will create clipping layers! much faster than a right click.

  • soldier gamers

    Huge tip

    Git g u d

    Sadly im the percentage of people who hasn't master the art of well art :v

  • WayFoNE Idk

    May I know which tablet you're drawing with?

  • Yang Wen-li

    I'm that programmer trying to get into that and failing miserably.

  • Pisces Goddess Production

    I appreciate this video so much, you are so helpful and clear in areas I have the biggest questions about 😭 you are a savior!!

  • Pisces Goddess Production

    Oops. Also you are so great at art, I am a new fan 😍😍

  • David Murray

    You did this well

  • TheNobodyGuy

    Can I just say that your art is amazing? The tips are great as well!

  • ATified

    got somethin for firealpaca?

  • The Voiceless

    I struggle with eyes especially coloring the line art and face shapes

  • ChaosRayZero

    I'm using a 2005 art program that's too old to HAVE a "liquify" tool… It also doesn't have the ability to rotate the canvas like 1:12, my Transform tool is a heck of a lot more limited than the one at 4:05, and the only settings on my smudge tool are "size", "edge", "pressure", and an optional "color" button. Maaaaybe I should think about upgrading. Eh he he… 😅

    Also had no idea what those blending layer effects were used for, so I can actually say I've learned something from this. ^_^

  • Alex Steven

    Gracias por los subtitulos en Español <3

  • Dimitri's Gacha fun

    Me: Is about to ask for a graphic tablet for Christmas
    Lao:You should get a screen less tablet-

  • Intelligent Bloodsucker

    These are great, especially since people who don't continue digital art from schools might not know what Layer Filters like Multiply do. Thank you for these wonderful tips!

  • Norman Feetus

    Yes Im ready to sell my soul, Satan.

  • ༺ڳOpernce.ฟ༻

    Keyboard shortcuts won't help if I can't draw for my life ;-;

  • Goku Rikkusu

    my advice dont by a monitor tablet if you pc is old mine broke like 2 months after i got mine spent 500 on it now its just collecting dust.

  • SmurfyMcSlurpy SlurpySmurf

    What program he use???

  • BlackSkysArt

    My animator friend handed me her old tablet after she upgraded. I gave her puppy eyes and asked “why me?” She replied, “you are one of the few I can see using it well” at the time she knew I only did traditional art, and she saw my ability to make comic panels traditionally with a simple ruler, no pre-set page panels. I’m struggling to use it at the moment, but I must say that the built in screen makes the transition… a little easier. I hope to use the tablet to give my usual B&W ink drawings more color, considering I struggle to understand color theory more than grey scale. But I love the video my dude, over half covered here I didn’t even know about! Can’t wait to test em out!

  • XxMewah ChanxX

    I just use a phone and ibis paint 😅😭

  • Chronos

    7:14 can u explain this more because when I lock my layers it just won’t let me do anything to that layer

  • Sophia Espenida

    Anyone else just had an iPad and a pencil?
    Just me?

  • NylodnewgPlaZ

    "I tend to shift my way of working with almost every picture"

    Bro same. I feel like I'm changing my technique and style every illustration lol. It's fun though to try something different every time

  • Nutt Miasturrr

    He sounds like jeb

  • fairykeitlyn

    I want clip studio paint sooo bad but I have stuff I’m saving up forrrrr! And I also want a drawing pad. My new birthday list.

  • Angela Lee

    .o. Did I see Aoba??? The work looks SO good. (0:28)

  • Supreme Leader Kylo Ren

    Thank you for this fantastic video. I am going to definitely start trying these tips. I'm still trying to figure out the base layer scenario, but I'll get it eventually. XP

  • Ilham Akbar

    nice tutorial

  • Uroš Kastelic Kovačič

    I am completely new to digital painting and I have to say this was the most shit tutorial on almost anything I have ever seen.
    You're just throwing up information, as a total beginner I can't understand shit, so who exactly are you aiming for with this tutorial?

  • Lutra Lutra

    Nice compact tutorial 😉

  • butchdeadlift10

    Loved watching this, but for some reason my house has 99 Red Balloons in it now

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