Digitize Your Watercolors: Getting Started With Photoshop

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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7 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:01
    • 2. Scanning Your Artwork

      6:26
    • 3. A Photoshop Overview

      15:34
    • 4. Editing Example 1: Marigolds

      15:17
    • 5. Editing Example 2: Marigolds Variation

      7:25
    • 6. Editing Example 3: A Pink Rose

      16:36
    • 7. Creating Useable Documents

      10:41
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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.