Welcome to a new Adobe Photoshop how-to tutorial from DMA!

DMA instructor, animator and freelance illustrator Arturo Miramontes is here to show you a fast and easy way to “color within the lines” when you’re working in Adobe Photoshop.

By using the Quick Selection tool, you’ll be able to fill, assign and paint defined shapes within custom designs – without having to do the tedious and unforgiving pixel-by-pixel colorization usually required.

Using Locked Pixels, you can color creatively within defined shapes, and achieve cool effects, too!

Arturo shows you how to use the Locked Pixels layers option, which lets you secure your original drawing, so you can’t make a goof that takes you all the way back to the beginning of the process. Locked Pixels lets you lock down selections quickly and efficiently.

Covered in this DMA how-to tutorial:

  • Using the Quick Selection and Lasso tools
  • When to use the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • Using the Paint Bucket tool to fill shapes
  • How to add shadows, details and color to projects

He’s an animator, illustrator and instructor. Learn more about DMA instructor Arturo Miramontes.


Like an illustration worked on in Photoshop, this summer is steadily taking shape, as we prepare for DMA’s biggest season yet.

DMA is loaded with options for helping you achieve a level of mastery over your photos and other graphic images and designs you create.

Whether you need one of our intro photography courses or something even more artistic, we’ve got you covered.

Maybe two week graphic design academies are more in line with your creative passions?

Take your passion for powerful images and compelling art and build on it, this summer at DMA!

DMA instructor Arturo Miramontes is a recent graduate of San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program. Currently he serves as both a part-time illustrator and full-time 3D animator at the Defense Language Institute in Seaside, Calif. He also works as a freelance illustrator and character designer with experience working on projects for major corporations (like Adobe and United Airlines), as well as illustrating and publishing children’s books.

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