Digitize Your Watercolors: Getting Started With Photoshop

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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7 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Introduction

    • Scanning Your Artwork

    • A Photoshop Overview

    • Editing Example 1: Marigolds

    • Editing Example 2: Marigolds Variation

    • Editing Example 3: A Pink Rose

    • Creating Useable Documents


About This Class

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful and complex program and when you're just starting out it can be hard to know where to begin. This class is designed to help the beginner become comfortable with the basics of the program with the specific purpose of digitizing watercolor illustrations.

When you digitize your art you can use your images online for your blog, website, portfolio or shop. You can use your images in marketing materials such as business cards and postcards. Digitizing your watercolors will also allow you to use the images on a variety of products from fine art prints to greeting cards to calendars and even fabric design.

This class takes you through the process of digitizing watercolor illustrations. It starts by sharing how to create a useable scan of your art. Next it walks you through the process of removing the background and cleaning up your image in Photoshop so you'll end up with something you can use for many different purposes.

Because there are many ways of removing the background and cleaning up an image in Photoshop, this class demonstrates the process with three example projects. Throughout it gives tips and suggestions to help you be more comfortable and flexible when working with the program.

The last segment helps you create documents in different sizes and configurations specific to different purposes.

By the end of the class you should be ready to digitize your own artwork.

35 of 36 students recommendSee All

Very thorough.
Thank you for a terrific class. Finally, I was able to find a video and teacher that explained what you shared in segments #6 and 7.





Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer


For a long time I denied my identity as an artist, but in 2010 I decided to reclaim it.

Regaining my creativity didn't quite work out as I had planned. In truth, on my first attempt at leaping for my dreams I fell flat on my face. That experience, though painful, has put me on what I call a Mission of Beauty and Joy.

Today I am an artist who strives to creates something each day and encourages you to embrace your creativity, too.

My paintings have been exhibited across the country and collected around the world. My art has been featured in magazines and in the spring of 2016 I released my first fabric collection. If I hadn't taken that first leap none of this would have been possible.

You, too, are creative. You, too, are surrounded by beauty, living in a world filled with joy. Claim that joy. Pay attention to the little things, listen to whispers of magic coming from nature and the garden, reconnect to the part of you that believes in giant strawberries.

Do something creative each day.

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