Have you ever wanted to learn how to design in Photoshop or Illustrator? It can be tough picking up a book or reading through online tutorials. And getting into a class isn’t always possible, either. But there are thousands of free video lessons on YouTube with many more uploaded each week.

Topics can range from icon design, vector graphics, digital painting or even character illustration. This gallery is focused on beginner-level videos to help newcomers understand the basics of digital artwork. Granted you cannot expect to master these skills over a week or even a month. But if you never stop practicing I guarantee you will absorb the skills with time and patience.

The Basic Elements

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Making Things look 3D

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How To Draw Gesture

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Learn to Loosen Up

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What is a Study?

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Brush Control Basics

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Traditional Drawings for Digital Coloring

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Guide to Gesture Drawing

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Foundations of Light and Shadow

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Using a Painter’s Wheel

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Choose Colors that Work

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How to Draw Hands

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Digital Environment Painting

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Value Planning

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5 Tips for Better Drawings

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Pencil Sketches into Digital Paintings

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PS Landscape Walkthrough

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Fundamentals of Character Design

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Apple Painting in Photoshop

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Lighting Fundamentals

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Blend Colors in Photoshop

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Create a Flat Website Layout

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Flat Mobile App Design

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iOS7 App Icon Design

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Create Textures & Patterns for Web Design

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Beginner’s Digital Art Tutorial

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Web 2.0 Box Icon

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Vector Icons using Illustrator

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Posted by Jake Rocheleau

Jake is a writer & digital designer/illustrator. He writes about all things web and creative. Check out his website for work samples and follow his latest updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.

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