How To Edit Illustrations in Photoshop; Breathe Life Into Pencil Portraits | Rosalie Kate Whittingham | Skillshare

How To Edit Illustrations in Photoshop; Breathe Life Into Pencil Portraits

Rosalie Kate Whittingham, Portrait Artist & Illustrator

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4 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Scanning your drawing and setting up your image

    • 3. Creating a 3 dimensional look

    • 4. finishing details and adding colour


About This Class


Take your pencil drawings to the next level!

Through this class i will teach you how to scan in your works and edit using photoshop. With a focus on portraiture i will go through all of the steps i take to take my illustrations from scan to finished piece. 

This class is great for fashion and editorial illustrators, traditional artists or just those with an interest in portraiture. 


1. Intro: welcome to my skill share class on how to edit illustrations in photo shop on add life to your pencil. Poor traits in this class will be talking about how to scan your illustrations, how to enhance them in photo shop and how to color them as well. We're gonna show you how to take your illustrations from this to this and all the steps in between. So if you're interested in taking your pencil drawings to the next level, carry on watching. 2. Scanning your drawing and setting up your image: hi guys. So the first thing we're going to be doing is scanning and our image. So I've popped my image down onto my scanner. I have an 83 scanner, so I don't need to piece it together on I'm just about to open the software for my scanners . And my skin is a brother scanner. So I'm just gonna open that open the control center, which is where I can change all the settings to scan so you'll see when I open up the image section. But these are all the settings that I use. It's 600 by 600 dp I on scan tape. True gray just so that we don't lose any detail. As we scan em, you can go down to 300 DP eyes. You don't need the image that big. And also make sure the file type is set to J peg and large. So I'm just gonna scum that end on that I'm going to open it up in photo shop. So this is my drawing that I've opened up just going to crop it slightly outwards, just so the image is centered on. Then the next thing women juice, like paintbrush, Andi With whites selected as the color, I'm going to raise any marks that might be around the image left over from the scanner. Sometimes she could get little bits of dust and things like that, so I just always a raise around the edge. Just make sure you go around all the edges on Zoom and just make sure so the next thing I'm doing is changing the mode to RGB from Grayscale. It'll ask you to fly and just say Yeah, and then I'm just duplicating the later so I'm changing the curves now on. I want to brighten it slightly on, then pull the bar down in the middle to create a sweep just to darken it slightly. And always keep the preview box ticked just so you can see whether you've gone too far or how it's looking on the actual image. So I'm clicking on the burn tool. Make sure it's set to burn rather than dodge, and you can see the settings I've got. There is set the shadows andan exposure of 4%. This is probably the most you can go up to without going too heavy straight away, so I'm just keeping on clicking on just darkening any areas where I think it needs it, for instance, across the eyes on around the hairline as well. So now I'm dragging in the water color texture, and this is gonna add a backdrop Onda mid tone across the face so you can see it's boy. At the moment, that really doesn't matter. We're just using it for the texture, so I'm going to drag it over onto my image, once, opened it in photo shop and fit it across the face. So you want to turn the layer stale down to multiply, and you can do that clicking there and you'll see the face. So now we want to use the hue and saturation to change the political. It's a great, and you can take the capacity down slightly just so its not too dark. The next thing we're going to do is use the A razor tool to a raise around the edge of the face in the area that we won't feel them. You can use the pen tal for this, but I find it gets almost too sharp a line you can set your hardness to about 62% and then just start a raising around the edge of the face as well. Take your time with this. This will be easier if you do have a tablet, but it can be done without with a just a mouse track pad before I have my tablet. I used to do this with a mouse track pad. Just takes a little bit more patience and a little bit more time so you can see here and going wrong. The hacks I don't want that had to be colored it all just wanting the face and the neck. So you just taking my time and making sure I'm going round the edge. This is just sped up for convenience. You're not watching the whole thing for a while, but whilst you're doing it, just make sure you're taking your time until you've got all of the watercolor. A raised zoom in. Make sure there's no details that you've missed. I want to see now that's looking good. So as you can see at the bottom, there's a quite hard edge. So I'm just gonna soft in the edge, taking the opacity on my razor down on keeping the ad quite soft. Still, I'm just going over it again and again and again until you get more of a Grady int look to it. So I'm happy with the way that that looks now. Always keep zooming out so you can see what the full picture looks like on. I'm just adjusting thes settings on the opacity. Just check in with the world darker or lighter. So that's the end of the initial set up for this project On next, we're going to go into adding detail. I'm really getting into making our drawings look a little bit more alive, so German, the next class to see how we're going to transform this further. 3. Creating a 3 dimensional look: Okay, So in this class, we're going to be adding a lot more detail to our illustration on. To do this will need our reference image to look out and used to see what we need to add more highlights shadows that connecting to the face. So I've opened my reference image in photo shop, and I'm just dragging it to the side there so that we can have both images open at the same time and continually look back and forth between them. So way we're going to add a bit more detail is by making the image look more three dimensional. So to do this, we want to keep it on our A razor tool on. I'm taking the capacity down to 8% on keeping the brush very soft as well. So you want to change the bush down to the softest possible so you can see that I've doubled the water color layer and just ticked the I often the other one just so that in case we make any mistakes, we don't have to go through the whole process of raising the edges again. Then we're going to use that a razor to just pick out some details of the skin, so I'm just starting to raise the nose. Now. I'm just working across the face to pick out the highlights and the details, as is shown on the reference image. You can exaggerate certain highlights, depending on whether you want to look a bit more dramatic. Oh, softer is all up to your creative. I you can see I'm just gradually keeping on clicking onto the mouse. Click with the pad, not just keeping the one fluid motion. I'm just a raise in that grey where it needs to bay. I will see. As it goes on, interest starts to give more and more of a realistic and three dimensional effect to the illustration and this technique. It can be used on all sorts of illustrations. It doesn't necessarily have to be once that more on the realistic side, it will just add a little bit more life back to faces. It is a nice way of combining traditional medium on digital medium, just getting the remaining bits on the either. I remember to keep on zooming out so you can see what the full piece looks like. Sometimes you're Zemel and see that it's gone too heavy and certain parts, so just keep zooming out. So as you can see now, we finished this part of the territorial. I'm happy with the way this looks now on. The next thing I won't going to be doing is just adding those finishing took chairs, adding the details and adding a little bit of collector join us in the next section of this class to find out how to do that. 4. finishing details and adding colour: in this final part of the class, we're going to be adding some details on adding some color to our illustration, just to give it a more stylized effect on. This is where you can really add some of your own personality and art style into the peace . So to start off, I'm setting the paintbrush to about 20% hardness on. I'm going to paint in some small white details onto the image we can see. If you kind of squint your eyes at the original image, you can see the really bright point. So that would be on the glasses on. I'm gonna dislike highlight into the eye as well. Just add a little bit of personality and life into the image so you can see I have set the A passage the way down to 15%. Just they were not adding too much extra onto the piece on. I'm doing this on a new lighter as well, so you can see I'm just using my paintbrush to add some extra details into the glasses just to make them look that little bit more three day and to really pick out the details on the shine on them always keep on steaming out, toggling the layer on and off just to see how much actually you've put into the piece. You can even add a little bit extra onto the nose and just several of the pope places that you'd like to add. Some highlights our particular light doing onto the nose on and right into the inner corners of the eyes, adding small highlight lines that you may be missed when you were actually drawing the peace, zooming out to make sure that the image doesn't look too false. Sometimes when you adding these highlights and effects, especially when zoomed in, you can miss the extra details, you can miss the mark a bit and go a little bit too heavy. So next thing I'm doing is adding some color on the way that I'm going to do. This is, I've decided I'm going to add color onto the glasses. I'm going to make them pink. So to do this I've created another layer is selected my color and then taking the opacity way back up on the paintbrush. I'm just coloring in over those glasses. You can put the hardness off a little bit for this as well as you don't want it to be to blood on the outside. Not at first. I thought I just wanted the lenses filled them. But then I decided once I consumed out to call it the whole of the glasses in as a thought , it look more effective. Once you start adding color details like this, it really starts to fall more of a character of your illustration. Now I'm using the hue and saturation bars just to change to you. See if I don't want a pink, see if it'll look better. Another color. I think it does look best pink because it gives off the right vibes that I'm looking for. But play about with that and just see what you think looks best. You can change the capacity of the layers. Well, keep in mind, I'm keeping this layer below the white highlights just so that we don't get those lost and they still stunned out, and I'm just cleaning the adieu lightly, making sure no, where's missed again. Just playing with the capacity and just checking different settings to see what looks best . At this point, you can dark and any bits that you think needs to be darkened a little bit more. I'm going to go and now with the bones whole again and just pick up the eyebrows a bit. Once you've done all of these steps, sometimes you can find certain areas looked a bit lost, so you can just pull them back out. That's our illustration. Pretty much finished, as you can see afterwards, I decided to add a red lip onto it. Using the same exact technique is with sunglasses on heroin, just toggling back and forth so that you can see the difference that those steps have made from our original illustrations, scanned in through editing and through adding color as well. You can see here with the lips of literally just tracing the shape painted it in and kept it underneath that white layer. And there we go again. You can just see the difference that that's made. So I look forward seeing all of your illustrations. If you follow this tutorial through with one of your personal illustrations, pop a screenshot of the finished piece in the scanned image just so we can see the difference and pop into the your project section. You can also find the project files on the brief in just below. I really look forward seeing all of your work.