Bonus Tutorial on Amateur Illustrator

Layers Tutorial

In my daily browsing, I occasionally stumble across other websites that share the same enthusiasm for art, illustration, and learning that I try to encompass here on

One of these great sites is It is packed with resources for illustrators and students of illustration, including tutorials, interviews with professional artists, and forums.

If you register on the site, you can also post your own gallery of artwork for other users to rate and comment on. And the best part is that you can do all of this for free!

I was honored to get the opportunity to collaborate with Amateur Illustrator recently. In an effort to bring great content to both of our audiences, I have written a tutorial that will be shown exclusively on their site. You can find it here:

Layer Tricks for Digital Painting

This tutorial explains some of the various parts of the Layers palette in Photoshop. Some ideas include:

  • How to use layer effects, such as drop shadows, bevel/emboss, and glows, to add some additional interest to your painting.
  • How to use layer masks to edit and erase objects, without actually deleting them.
  • An explanation of all those blending modes (Multiply, Overlay, etc.). I’ll cover what exactly they are doing and some good ideas for using them in your painting.

So while you are checking it out, be sure to take a look around. I guarantee it will be worth your while.

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