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4 Ways to Digitize Watercolor Art on Photoshop

Peggy Dean, The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

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11 Videos (44m)
    • Introduction

    • What You'll Need

    • First, Let's Paint!

    • Paint an Olive Branch

    • Scanning In

    • Method ONE

    • Method TWO

    • Method THREE

    • Method FOUR

    • Exporting Your Work

    • Project Time!

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About This Class

That's right. You've struggled with those poopy brown photos of your watercolor for too long. It's time to create stunning, sharp and eye-catching images of your work so you can give it the credit it deserves. 

In this class, I'm giving you the tools to do just that. 

4 Ways to Digitize Your Watercolors will teach you FOUR different ways that you can bring your pieces to life. I recommend spending time learning all four techniques because you'll find they come in handy at different times depending on what you're working on.


You'll start by learning how to paint an olive branch and experiment with creating different hues of green. This certainly isn't necessary for the class, but if you don't have anything you're dying to scan in but still want to learn the process, it will give you some material to work with! 

You will need Adobe Photoshop for this class.


For reference, the paints used and mentioned for greens in this class are linked here:

Daniel Smith Permanent Green

Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

Daniel Smith Cerulean Blue

Daniel Smith Burnt Umber

Daniel Smith Serpentine Genuine

Daniel Smith Sap Green

Daniel Smith Jadeite Genuine

Daniel Smith Deep Sap Green

Daniel Smith Diopside Genuine

Daniel Smith Cascade Green

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I love these classes, Peggy is super talented and she explains things in a way that you can understand things (even if you are not that familiar with some tools). I knew one and a half of the methods but I found very interesting the last one (and I learned some shortcuts in the process, that is always nice to know). Thank you!
great, thank u.
Provided multiple options for achieving the bright white background. Took us through some troubleshooting as well. Can't wait to try it!





Peggy Dean

The Pigeon Letters | Lettering & Illustration

Hey hey! I'm Peggy. I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700).


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