Tips for Digital Painting

digital painting

Many modern artists are going digital. With its many and varied options and accessible varieties of styles, it is a new frontier in creativity.

The possibilities are almost infinite, which makes digital painting so attractive to creative people. Here are some good tips to get you started.

Sketch First

Starting with a good sketch of your idea, where you consider things like colors, lighting, and composition is a better way to guarantee a good painting.

Blocking Elements

With a strong sense of your light source, block in colors and shapes with round brushes.

Use Smudge

For blending use Smudge. Change the brush settings to achieve your desired effects.


If you create different layers for each element, you can pick and choose which layer you wish to change without disturbing the other layers. This helps you move back and forth between layers easily.

Customize Your Brushes

This will enable you to get more specific with things like hair and skin.


Render’s Lighting Effects, gives you many lighting options for different lighting sources you can use, depending on the position and texture of your subject matter.

For Oil Painting Effects

Photoshop’s Oil Painting filter give you the opportunity to create brush strokes for your painting.

Blur Filters

These filters can soften areas of your painting that you think need it.

Add Detail Slowly

As you work, begin with large objects, shapes and blocks of color, and slowly add the small details.

Highlights and Shadows

The effects of the tools in Dodge and Burn, can be dramatic. But set your Exposure to low, add effects gradually, and do not overuse.

Digital painting has become increasingly popular. Many artists find it much less restricting than more classic methods, and that digital expands their creativity. At Hunakai Studios, we know how important it is to include modern forms of art, and look to support our students in every way possible.