Book cover and Photoshop digital art images from book Digital Art Revolution

Digital Artist and Filmmaker Scott Ligon has written a book called "Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop", published by Watson-Guptill, a subsidiary of Random House, the premier publisher in books.

“Digital Art Revolution” is a book that teaches digital art from a true “fine art” perspective.

Digital artwork from Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop
is is not a book that teaches readers to process photos in order to mimic various styles from art history. This is a book that familiarizes the readers with the fundaments of the visual language and then shows them how to apply these principals to digital art. It demonstrates the possibilities inherent in the medium and guides readers towards developing their own unique voice.

Rather than imitating art history and the great, unique artists that made it, it is a book that encourages artists to explore the possibilities of digital art and make art history.

The book offers “how”, but just as importantly, it offers “why”. All instruction is placed within the larger context of understanding the visual language and using it for expressive purposes.

This book focuses on a mere portion of this vast spectrum of possibilities: two-dimensional fine art created with the help of Photoshop. It offers specific instruction within the perspective of a larger context of possibilities.

It is quite possible to use Photoshop and a drawing tablet to paint in a traditional manner. Photoshop, is also, of course, an amazing photo-editing program, capable of manipulating photographic material in endless ways, with great efficiency.

Many programs do one or the other. I
Digital artwork from Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop
t is the ability to draw, paint, manipulate photos and other materials, and most importantly, combine them into something new and cohesive, which makes Photoshop the ideal choice for this book.

This book should give you a working knowledge of Photoshop and put this instruction in a perspective that encourages you to develop your own unique voice in doing so.

The book features work from some of the most successful and innovative digital artists working today. Visit the Book Artists page to see a complete list of artists, including examples of work and short bios.


Welcome to the Revolution

"…it just may be the best introduction to Photoshop ever written.”

-Digital Image Magazine

"Whether it's finding your own artistic voice or learning how to use painting tools in Photoshop, this book is an engaging experience in the revolution that is digital art

-Photoshop Creative Magazine

Award-winning digital artist and arts educator Ligon makes a convincing argument that digital technology has forever changed how art is made. Ligon's book is among the best for beginning and intermediate artists.

-Library Journal

“Digital Art Revolution is an essential guide if you’re at all interested in tweaking your images and creating fine art with Photoshop.

Scott Ligon, coordinator of the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art and a top digital artist, explains in such simple clear language that’s a joy to jump right into Photoshop and start creating.

Ligon gives us the best short introduction to Photoshop I have seen. This is an excellent book from which to learn to make art through photography. It’s a joy and pleasure to study with him.”

-Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine

“Scott Ligon has that rare combination of extraordinary creative powers AND the ability to clearly explain and transmit this process to others. I recommend Digital Art Revolution to anyone who wants to create fine art on their computer.”

-Michael W. Dean, director of “D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive as an Independent Artist” and author of “$30 Film School”

“What strikes one first about artist Scott Ligon is his ability to grasp complex, creative abstractions -interpreting unwieldy data into useful, articulate information.  Surely that has something to do with his role as  Coordinator for the Digital Foundation Curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.”

-Max Eternity, Art Digital Magazine

“Digital Art Revolution goes beyond simply using Photoshop to alter photographs or imitate various historical painting styles; instead Ligon teaches readers how to use the software as an expressive tool to develop their own unique style. The progressive structure of the Digital Art Revolution appeals to a broad audience, from the eager beginner just learning Photoshop tools to the technically advanced digital artist looking to expand the possibilities of the medium.”

-Stan Ashbrook, PSA Journal (Photographic Society of America)

“… along comes Scott Ligon to add an impressive voice and contribution to the conversation about digital fine art with his new book.”

-Barney Davey, Art Print Issues

“This book is aimed at Photoshop users of all levels, and has both tutorials and inspirational artwork from over 40 noted digital artists. It’s written in an easy-to-follow style and has lots of great tips.”

-Photoshop Daily

“DIGITAL ART REVOLUTION showcases the work of 40 top digital artists. While many books on digital art offer pedestrian images, this book travels along the edges and presents some radical examples, such as the wonderfully weird portraits by DEVO's Mark Motherbaugh.

This book is an enticing introduction to the possibilities available and is likely to seduce traditional artists away from their easels.”

-Zoom Street

“If I used a textbook in my digital art classroom, it would very likely be Scott Ligon's new Digital Art Revolution: Creating Fine Art with Photoshop. As it is, I'm all over the place with my curriculum; so for my own purposes, it will serve as an excellent reference.

Drawing on the work of different artists, Ligon takes us through various tutorials that range from basic to more advanced techniques in Photoshop- and in doing so builds a clear path through what is otherwise an easy program to understand yet hard to master.”

-David Gran, Carrot Revolution

This is a different version of our book video with a lot more information. It’s about 7 min.