Beginner's guide to digital painting with Photoshop

Once upon a time, being an illustrator required the best pencils, paints, brushes, tools, canvases, ventilated space, free time and enough of all of those things to be sufficiently trained in a complex skillset.

Much in the same way that home digital recording has changed the face of entertainment for the YouTube generation, Photoshop has brought all the tools of a professional artist to anyone who can get their hands on it. This is something that is evident from the hundreds of Photoshop resources now available, including Photoshop tutorials and Photoshop brushes.

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Freelance illustrator Tony Foti makes art for books, games, magazines and advertisements. His work can be found regularly in Fantasy Flight's Star Wars lines.