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Adobe launches revealing video series by artists

Adobe has unveiled a new series of weekly video tutorials featuring top artists from around the world. The Art Makers: How Did They Do That? (opens in new tab) collection sees artists guide viewers through their workflows in Photoshop, Illustrator and Animate, giving key insights into how they produce their unique styles.

The initial collection of videos features Dutch artist Lois van Baarle (aka 'Loish (opens in new tab)') creating a portrait called Red, beginning by making rough sketches from a stylus and tablet and building the piece using different Photoshop brushes. She does all of her digital painting on one layer, despite changing brush shapes, brush thickness and colour. Loish's video tutorial is accompanied by written steps on the Adobe site (opens in new tab).

Loish's finished Red portrait

Loish's finished Red portrait
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Adobe hopes the videos will inspire creatives to give new techniques and tools a try. It says: "Feed your (inspiration) with this series that profiles art makers from around the world. See how they sweat the details, applying their own techniques to create images, illustrations, and animations using common and not-so-common features in Adobe Creative Cloud (opens in new tab) apps."

Another of the videos features Egyptian artist Amr Elshamy (opens in new tab) creating his Round Things (opens in new tab) artwork, which you might recognise from the latest Photoshop CC splash screen. Elshamy used Photoshop CC's Polar Coordinates distortion filter to turn a photograph of a mountain range into his unique finished image.

Elsewhere, Italian artist Daniele De Nigris (opens in new tab) creates geometric tile patterns (opens in new tab) in Illustrator, creating the image that was used for the Adobe Animate CC 2017 splash screen. 

Plus American designer and illustrator Molly Scannell (opens in new tab) makes a powerful sliced collage (opens in new tab) in Photoshop; Turkish photographer and designer Şakir Yildirim (opens in new tab) makes a surreal image (opens in new tab) in Photoshop; and French-born Toronto-based illustrator and animator Emilie Muszczak (opens in new tab) makes a colourful animated self-portrait (opens in new tab) in Photoshop and Animate.

Emilie Muszczak's animated self-portrait

Emilie Muszczak's animated self-portrait

The series is featured online on Adobe’s Create Magazine (opens in new tab), and on Adobe's Art Makers YouTube playlist (opens in new tab), which it says will be updated weekly with new content.

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Ella Taylor
Ella is a writer/sub-editor on creative and photography titles. She tried teaching for a while, but her immune system couldn't cope!