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The Techniques of
Christian Lorenz Scheurer 1

Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop

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On the first DVD in this series, Christian introduces the fundamental techniques he uses to create digital concept paintings and matte paintings. In three exercises based loosely on digital photographs, he introduces the basic principals of digital painting in Adobe Photoshop®. The first exercise demonstrates and illustrates three types of perspectives. The second exercise introduces painting with shape, showing different ways to create selections. In the last exercise, Christian demonstrates perspective and shape techniques, showing how to import light layers, and create separate foreground, midground and background elements. The DVD includes the photographic plates and additional bonus exercises.

  • Set Extension
  • Value Perspective
  • Color Perspective
  • Linear Perspective
  • Painting with Shape
  • Quick Masks
  • Separating Visual Planes
  • Introducing Textures
  • Lighting
  1. Scottish Highlands
  2. Spaceport Start
  3. Spaceport Finish
  4. Cityscape in Japan
  5. Final Thoughts
  • Product Code: CSC01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-981-2
  • UPC: 805366012236
  • Duration: 127 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Mac or PC only

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

Christian Lorenz Scheurer

Concept Artist

Christian Lorenz Scheurer’s life is as detailed as his matte paintings and concept art. Born in Switzerland to a zoologist father and an artist mother, Christian studied math and science before moving to the art academy in Brussels, Belgium. He worked on several films, won the Philip Morris Award for his graphic novels, got struck by lightning and moved to Hollywood. As a concept artist, Christian worked on The Fifth Element at Digital Domain before contributing to numerous commercials, theme parks and feature films, including Titanic, Dark City, What Dreams May Come and The Matrix. Moving to Hawaii, Christian joined Square One to work on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. He also contributed to the game Final Fantasy IX, and produced concept and matte art for The Animatrix. Currently in Los Angeles, Christian was the production designer for the short film Labratz, and art directed the video game Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for Electronic Arts.

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"I met Christian 10 years ago, and I was impressed by his work. Since then I followed his career and I witnessed one of the most amazingly quick paths to technical maturity.
Today, Christian is with no doubt one of the very best illustrators in the industry, as well as a very innovative designer. I have become a true fan of his work."

- Patrick Tatopoulos
Production Designer

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