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Glitter & Gold Infused Abstract Art in Procreate or Photoshop

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Last updated 5/2022 English
Overview

Ah... gold. The one color that compliments every other color perfectly. I’ve been seeing more and more people incorporate gold into abstract paintings in interior design and really all sorts of art, including greeting cards and lettering layouts. Gold is the finish to add a prestige touch to any design.

I have developed a technique in both Photoshop and Procreate that allows me to apply gold to any part of the artwork I want. In Glitter and Gold Infused Abstract Art in Procreate or Photoshop, the gold accents I infuse into my artworks combine perfectly with so many designs. Gold is just that icing on the cake; that classy touch. Gold just works so well with all colors!

It is simply magnificent that we can create this truly spectacular artwork, and that we can do it increasingly precisely with our digital tools! This class is for anyone wanting to try gold accents on art for the first time on the iPad. It is geared towards beginners, and up to intermediate learners, looking to design a collection, to increase their Print-On-Demand offerings, or for anyone interested in exploring abstract art purely for fun and personal use. Don’t have Procreate? Many of the techniques are totally do-able in Adobe Photoshop, Affinity, or Fresco! I talk you through the essentials to consider when planning and you can watch me throughout the process of creating the clipping masks necessary for adding the gold in either Procreate or Photoshop.

In this class, you will learn how to use the Procreate interface, and plan a composition, adding a gold leaf look, adding glitter, clipping masks, gold foil in Procreate, glitter and foil in Photoshop, brushes in Procreate, curves in Procreate, settings in Procreate, Procreate layers, the Procreate gallery, organizing brushes in Procreate, workflow best practices, finding free assets, and much more.

This class is suitable for artists with some knowledge of painting in general, but it will also be good information for beginners. The main focus of this class is creating clipping masks, both in solid black and white, and also in a continuous tone (grayscale), and I will be keeping it as simple as possible for your first go. If you are experienced, I hope you can learn a couple of alternative methods from me and perhaps a new approach.

The key concepts I will include:

  1. review of my techniques in creating the initial layout
  2. planning clipping masks
  3. creating the clipping masks
  4. approaches you can take in your creative work

This is a great course for you to take no matter what use your final art has. Discover a fun new addition to your skillset. It may have you revisiting old artwork, like I did, just for the fun of adding this new technique.

Introduction

This short intro will give you an overview of the class.

Lesson 1: Overview and General Discussion

In this short video, I will show you the work of several artists whose work I admire. Exploring the different styles is a method to jumpstart your process. I explain gold foil, both done with traditional gold leafing techniques and within the offset printing industry.

Lesson 2: How to Create Gold Accent in Photoshop

In this lesson, I will review the process for adding gold trim in Photoshop. I explain settings like levels, threshold, and the use of the filter gallery.

Lesson 3: Procreate Intro and Simple Masks

Creating a tonal clipping mask from a continuous tone illustration is next. I showed you how I do this in Photoshop, in the first lesson, but now we will try the same thing in Procreate. Procreate does not have the levels control, so we will be using curves.

Lesson 4: Continuous Tone Clipping Mask 

In this lesson, we I show you how to create a different sort of clipping mask using different techniques within Procreate.

Lesson 5: Ideas to Get you Going

This entire lesson is focused on giving you ideas that you can use to produce a bunch of new work.

Lesson 6: Conclusion and Wrap Up

I impart as much wisdom as I can about developing a consistent style and show you some finished mockups. We will conclude everything in this lesson with a chat about next steps.

Concepts covered:

Concepts covered include but are not limited to the Procreate interface, planning a composition, gold leaf, adding glitter, clipping masks, gold foil in Procreate, glitter and foil in Photoshop, brushes in Procreate, curves in Procreate, settings in Procreate, Procreate layers, the Procreate gallery, organizing brushes in Procreate, workflow best practices, finding free assets, and much more.

You will get the bonus of…

  1. about 20 minutes of direction from an instructor who has been in the graphic design business and education for over 40 years
  2. knowledge of multiple ways to solve each design challenge
What you'll learn

The key concepts I will include:

  1. review of my techniques in creating the initial layout
  2. planning clipping masks
  3. creating the clipping masks
  4. approaches you can take in your creative work

Concepts included but not limited to the Procreate interface, planning a composition, gold leaf, adding glitter, clipping masks, gold foil in Procreate, glitter and foil in Photoshop, brushes in Procreate, curves in Procreate, settings in Procreate, Procreate layers, the Procreate gallery, organizing brushes in Procreate, workflow best practices, finding free assets, and much more.