Deep Dive: Mastering 2D Game Art in Photoshop

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There are plenty of tutorials on the web for learning the basics of Photoshop, but making games comes with it's own set of unique challenges that are rarely addressed. Even experienced PS users can run into bottlenecks when working with sprite animations and seamless tile maps for the first time.

This deep dive will focus on the features of Photoshop that are most useful for creating 2D game art assets, including ways to speed up or automate the non-creative (but necessary) production and exporting processes. Plus, there will be some useful tips for customizing or creating tool presets to suit your particular project. Be sure to bring a laptop with Photoshop to load custom scripts and follow along!

Topics will include: resolution and grid setup, using layer comps for animation and recoloring, smart objects, slices, adding scripts and presets, and customizing brushes/textures for seamless tiling.


Chris Hernandez is a freelance graphic designer from Dallas who likes making video games more than he likes working in advertising. He is currently developing Super Rad Raygun under Majesco's Midnight City label, and is also a founding member of Studio Mercato in NYC. Despite all that, he still finds it weird to call himself a game developer, since he mostly just draws little pictures. You can see his latest game-related work at

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  • Anubhav G.

    I am also looking for a composer as well!

    February 18, 2014

  • Anubhav G.

    I am currently looking for an artist for a game I am working on for mobile. It is about a frog killing flies in a swamp.

    It is really early stages you can check it out here

    If you would like to work with me send me a message on or email [masked]

    February 18, 2014

  • Anubhav G.

    Great talk! Toward the end was slightly confused with the tilesets.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Jan-Luc Van D.

    Learned a bunch! Went a bit fast and there were lots of layers in the files that needed explanation.

    February 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you are attending tonight, please download these files to follow along Chris's presentation.

      February 17, 2014

  • Michael M.

    11 Times Square and 42nd @ 8th aren't the same place. Where is this meetup?

    February 16, 2014

    • Jackson T.

      It's on northeast corner of 41st and 8th Ave. Look for the Microsoft signage in the lobby. Took me a while to find last time.

      February 16, 2014

    • Michael M.

      Thanks. Every email that is sent out shows 47th and Broadway on Google Maps.

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • Jackson T.

    Hi Chris,

    February 16, 2014

    • Jackson T.

      Sorry. iPhone sent out post without the complete message. Chris, can you cover when to use Photoshop and when to use Illustrator for 2D game graphics? I use both but never know which is the optimal one for game art. Thanks

      February 16, 2014

  • Tonya M.

    Hi I am looking for an AR developer for
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    February 13, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Heya, presenter here:

    @Desmond, I'm going to be skipping over a lot of the basics for this course - if you're not familiar with things like the UI layout, the basics of the tools, or how layers and selections work, you might be a little lost. That said - there's still some value to knowing what can be done, so that once you do have the basics down you'll know where to go from there.

    @Tamaru - I'm mostly going to be tackling 2D art problems in this session. There's definitely some tricks and tips that will work with 3D texturing, but I won't be focusing on that specifically. You don't necessarily have to have a laptop to follow along, but since I'll be focusing on the details of photoshop workflows, it might be a little harder to follow along if you're not seeing things on your own screen.

    February 13, 2014

  • Desmond S.

    Would you recommend this for complete PS beginners looking to see what goes into using PS for games?

    February 12, 2014

  • Tamaru

    I really would love to attend this class. I'm so lost even after taking a few classes in Photoshop when it comes to tackling my 3d models and bringing them to life. Is it mandatory to bring a laptop? I'm going to really have to try and get mines fixed before this.

    February 2, 2014

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