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Illustrative Storytelling Development in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Visually presenting a story can be a creative, collaborative, and fun experience. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.0.

What you'll learn

Visually presenting a story can be a creative, collaborative, and fun experience. We'll begin by discussing the usefulness of creating a storyboard and some elements to aim for when crafting one. From there, we'll start the process of fleshing out the shots of our own story by visually nailing down the world in which its events take place, starting with the establishing shot. As we progress forward, we'll learn about how we want to visually present the main character, build anticipation for the story's conflict, show our character's motivation and the obstacles they'll face, and, finally, how to arrive at a resolution. Along the way, we'll also learn about maintaining good compositions to lead the viewer's eye through each shot, in addition to making editorial changes to the arrangement of our shots to improve the progression and flow of our story. After watching this tutorial you'll be able to construct your own story boards with more creative confidence while having a lot of fun. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.0.

About the author

Kurt is a design tutor at Pluralsight. Ever since he could hold a crayon, Kurt has been in love with drawing. Apart from his dedication to training artists at Pluralsight, Kurt has an extensive background in illustration. He has previously worked for a book publisher, as well as Rhythm and Hues Studios. It was through his extensive industry background that Kurt learned the way of the Wacom, and that the Pen tool is truly mightier than the sword. Along with creating beautiful 2D illustrations,... more

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