How to Render (Quickly) In Photoshop

A couple weeks ago I posted a sketch rendering of a PC Box on sketch-a-day.com. Luckily, I had recorded video of the sketching and rendering process and finally got around to laying in some audio and talking about the process. I’ll warn you though, It’s a little quick – okay it’s alot quick – and I may have glossed over a few things as I tend to do when I work digitally, but feel free to watch it a few times if you’re lost or email me questions [at] idsketching [dot] com.

I’m using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and a Wacom Intuos 3 in the demo.

See the finished render after the break…

  • sketchforever

    Awesome video spencer! thanks…

  • sketchforever

    Awesome video spencer! thanks…

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Thanks!

    • zway

      I study a lot on this website, but as a Chinese its a pity that i cant see the videos form vimeo(the government has baned it for some reasons…)
      I really want to see these videos from which i can learn more. Could i get them from the other way?
      thanks a lot

      • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

        I’m not sure how I could get them to you. Do you have any ideas?

        • http://cariran.ir Tirdad

          I live in Iran and we have semi how same problems with government :D if it possible to upload it in some sites like 4share it would be possible for them to DL it

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    Thanks!

    • zway

      I study a lot on this website, but as a Chinese its a pity that i cant see the videos form vimeo(the government has baned it for some reasons…)
      I really want to see these videos from which i can learn more. Could i get them from the other way?
      thanks a lot

      • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

        I’m not sure how I could get them to you. Do you have any ideas?

        • http://cariran.ir Tirdad

          I live in Iran and we have semi how same problems with government :D if it possible to upload it in some sites like 4share it would be possible for them to DL it

  • http://aritzaizpurua.blogspot.com Aritz

    Really cool design! I’ve always wanted to create my own pc case, and I think it is a good reference :)

  • http://aritzaizpurua.blogspot.com Aritz

    Really cool design! I’ve always wanted to create my own pc case, and I think it is a good reference :)

  • Ilyas

    That was awesome, you the man:), thanks

  • Ilyas

    That was awesome, you the man:), thanks

  • Justin

    Nice video spencer! I can see you still improve despite your already good at it. Do you also see/feel the differences in sketching?

  • Justin

    Nice video spencer! I can see you still improve despite your already good at it. Do you also see/feel the differences in sketching?

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    I don’t know what you’re referring to . . .

  • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

    I don’t know what you’re referring to . . .

  • zway

    I study a lot on this website, but as a Chinese its a pity that i cant see the videos form vimeo(the government has baned it for some reasons…)
    I really want to see these videos from which i can learn more. Could i get them from the other way?
    thanks a lot

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      The files are too big – some even 1GB, and we don’t give out the source files. I’m sorry about the difficulty, but I try to do other step by step tutorials as well that should be visible.

      • zway

        always thanks^_^

  • zway

    I study a lot on this website, but as a Chinese its a pity that i cant see the videos form vimeo(the government has baned it for some reasons…)
    I really want to see these videos from which i can learn more. Could i get them from the other way?
    thanks a lot

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      The files are too big – some even 1GB, and we don’t give out the source files. I’m sorry about the difficulty, but I try to do other step by step tutorials as well that should be visible.

      • zway

        always thanks^_^

  • Elixir

    Hello, your work i great, can you tell me what brush are you using for rendering, or where I can download brush tools like yours, thanks alot !

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      I’m using a simple hard round brush. Nothing special. I may however do a post on brushes in photoshop.

      • Elixir

        Tutorial about brushes is great idea !!
        thanks for reply

        • zway

          what about email? i am sorry

    • Brent

      Hi Elixir,

      Try using anchor free’s “hotspot shield” that might allow you to watch the videos on vimeo.com, because it would be a shame to miss out on Spencer’s videos.

  • Elixir

    Hello, your work i great, can you tell me what brush are you using for rendering, or where I can download brush tools like yours, thanks alot !

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      I’m using a simple hard round brush. Nothing special. I may however do a post on brushes in photoshop.

      • Elixir

        Tutorial about brushes is great idea !!
        thanks for reply

        • zway

          what about email? i am sorry

    • Brent

      Hi Elixir,

      Try using anchor free’s “hotspot shield” that might allow you to watch the videos on vimeo.com, because it would be a shame to miss out on Spencer’s videos.

  • http://hguenthe.blogspot.com Heather Guenther

    Very cool Spencer. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://hguenthe.blogspot.com Heather Guenther

    Very cool Spencer. Thanks for sharing.

  • Justin

    Just sketching in general. Do you see or feel improvement in your sketching? Cause your sketching everyday.

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      Oh definitely. Part of the reason I started sketch-a-day was to sharpen up my skills again after not having sketched every day.

  • Justin

    Just sketching in general. Do you see or feel improvement in your sketching? Cause your sketching everyday.

    • http://www.idsketching.com Spencer Nugent

      Oh definitely. Part of the reason I started sketch-a-day was to sharpen up my skills again after not having sketched every day.

  • Samir

    Hi Spencer,

    This is Samir from karachi Pakistan i watched your above tutorial i should say its awesome, outstanding, fantastic i am using these words not even for the above tutorial i saw your entire tutorials which you have posted time to time on your website. i am crazy about your all technique which helps me a lot.

    i am very grateful to be a part of your viewers. Spencer carry on, hope to see your new tutorial very soon with some new ideas and techniques.

    Thanks
    Samir

  • Samir

    Hi Spencer,

    This is Samir from karachi Pakistan i watched your above tutorial i should say its awesome, outstanding, fantastic i am using these words not even for the above tutorial i saw your entire tutorials which you have posted time to time on your website. i am crazy about your all technique which helps me a lot.

    i am very grateful to be a part of your viewers. Spencer carry on, hope to see your new tutorial very soon with some new ideas and techniques.

    Thanks
    Samir

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  • Adam

    Awesome tutorial! I was just wondering is there an easy way to create curves using the same method as you did at the start using the brush tool and shift, (I’m using a mouse so it’s harder than a tablet) :( because the pen tool only creates a new path, which then you can fill but it’s not as effective added to the fact that you get gaps developing around the image.
    Thanks.

  • Adam

    Awesome tutorial! I was just wondering is there an easy way to create curves using the same method as you did at the start using the brush tool and shift, (I’m using a mouse so it’s harder than a tablet) :( because the pen tool only creates a new path, which then you can fill but it’s not as effective added to the fact that you get gaps developing around the image.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.sloveniandesigner.com Peter Larson

    Thanks for this cool article , it is a extremely interesting read! What I like the most of your site is the simplicity of it, it is just stunning! I also got a site in the genre of design, it is not as good as yours but maybe you can drop by some time? It is mainly about Blogger/Logo Design , maybe you already know my site but I do not think so. Last but not least, ones again thanks about this cool article and keep up the good work!

  • http://www.sloveniandesigner.com Peter Larson

    Thanks for this cool article , it is a extremely interesting read! What I like the most of your site is the simplicity of it, it is just stunning! I also got a site in the genre of design, it is not as good as yours but maybe you can drop by some time? It is mainly about Blogger/Logo Design , maybe you already know my site but I do not think so. Last but not least, ones again thanks about this cool article and keep up the good work!

  • http://viuu.co.uk Tess

    Cool tutorial and really great PC case. Wish it would really exist though :) Great site by the way.

  • http://viuu.co.uk Tess

    Cool tutorial and really great PC case. Wish it would really exist though :) Great site by the way.

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  • Richard Lee

    Spencer,
    I am off in my own little secluded world of design and illustration and I rarely ever crawl out to see what and how other people do things. After watching the video, I am very pleased to see I am not very far off the mark and I was anticipating many of your next moves during the video. We share a ton of the same methods and your terminology is great.

    You know your tools well and great website. This is one of the few places I can learn something.

    Big compliment as I have an ego (probably unwarranted) bigger than a sewer cap.

    Thanks for what you do,
    Rich

  • Richard Lee

    Spencer,
    I am off in my own little secluded world of design and illustration and I rarely ever crawl out to see what and how other people do things. After watching the video, I am very pleased to see I am not very far off the mark and I was anticipating many of your next moves during the video. We share a ton of the same methods and your terminology is great.

    You know your tools well and great website. This is one of the few places I can learn something.

    Big compliment as I have an ego (probably unwarranted) bigger than a sewer cap.

    Thanks for what you do,
    Rich

  • Vector Victor

    Hey, Spencer,

    You have such an awesome, efficient way of working. I’m a graphic design newbie, but the one area in which I’m pretty experienced is vectoring. Since I see you do a lot with the selection tool, is there a way to turn a vectored path or shape into a selection? Maybe it’s superfluous, since I suppose I could just make a new layer and clip mask it, but I’m just wondering if there’s a way to be more efficient like you.

    On a separate note, how much should I charge for my first render drawing commission? Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  • Vector Victor

    Hey, Spencer,

    You have such an awesome, efficient way of working. I’m a graphic design newbie, but the one area in which I’m pretty experienced is vectoring. Since I see you do a lot with the selection tool, is there a way to turn a vectored path or shape into a selection? Maybe it’s superfluous, since I suppose I could just make a new layer and clip mask it, but I’m just wondering if there’s a way to be more efficient like you.

    On a separate note, how much should I charge for my first render drawing commission? Any ideas?

    Thanks!

  • Sonya

    Hey Vector Victor,
    If you want to use a shape layer as a selection simply Ctrl+Click the vector mask, or on an Apple, us Apple+Click and that should do it for you.
    Otherwise there is a button at the bottom of the Paths pallette (if you want to use a Path as a selection)
    Hope this helps.

  • Sonya

    Hey Vector Victor,
    If you want to use a shape layer as a selection simply Ctrl+Click the vector mask, or on an Apple, us Apple+Click and that should do it for you.
    Otherwise there is a button at the bottom of the Paths pallette (if you want to use a Path as a selection)
    Hope this helps.

  • http://cariran.ir Tirdad

    thank you very much but I have a question when I apply the solid color to change the color of the speaker from gray to orange it apply vise versa hoe can I fix it?

  • http://cariran.ir Tirdad

    thank you very much but I have a question when I apply the solid color to change the color of the speaker from gray to orange it apply vise versa hoe can I fix it?

  • Azzraell

    it was very helpfull, ty alot!

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  • http://www.imagemaskingservices.com/ Image Masking

    Hello Spencer,
    I want to appreciate the video and the skills which you possess! 

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  • Kris_cake

    are u startin on me cause it aint evewn funny

  • Thantaung

    Thanks a lot. Appreciate it. 

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the tutorial – can you help me with the subtraction of one layer from the other (at 10.30 on your timeline). I could not see which tool you used and have failed to find a solution via websearch. I am using CS4.