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How to Digitize Watercolor Illustrations (Beginner)

Audrey Ko, Watercolorist and Modern Calligrapher

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18 Videos (1h 21m)
    • Welcome Video

    • Supplies Overview

    • Painting Individual Watercolor Elements

    • How to Scan

    • How to Open, Save, and Rotate Image

    • How to Duplicate Layer

    • Erasing the Paper Texture Part 1: Levels

    • Erasing the Paper Texture Part 2: Using the Eraser

    • Erasing the Paper Texture Part 3: Magic Wand Method

    • Erasing the Paper Texture Part 4: Magic Eraser Method

    • Isolating Painted Elements into Individual Layers

    • Editing Colors

    • Digitizing in Illustrator

    • How to Manipulate Form

    • Putting it Together: Let's Make a Wreath

    • Putting it Together: Corner Accent Design

    • How to Export

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Welcome to How to Digitize Watercolor Illustrations

Digitizing your paintings give you a lot of creative freedom and go beyond paper to products like aprons, pillows, and mugs like this one that I created with my individually painted winter/Christmas-themed illustrations!


In this class, we'll paint individual illustrations, scan the whole thing, and then learn how to clean up your scan, digitize it, and arrange the illustrations to create unique shapes like a wreath and a corner accent design.

For this class, you will be required to have Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You can download a 30-day free trial at

You will also need to be able to paint and scan your work. But if you don't have a scanner, you can use my scanned painting to practice the digitizing.

By the end of the class, you'll be able to digitize your work using two different methods. Soon, you'll be on your way to creating your own stationery, t-shirts, mugs, prints, and so much more!

Let's get started!

29 of 29 students recommendSee All

Amazing class! I've always wanted to digitize my artwork and now I know how! Thank you so much Audrey! Now...I need to get my hands on a scanner! :)
Lots of useful tips!!!
I like the way Audrey explains everything at a pace that's easy to process and follow along.
Brenda Reeves

Artist and Writer





Audrey Ko

Watercolorist and Modern Calligrapher

Hello, I'm Audrey, a watercolorist, modern calligrapher, and owner of Things Unseen Designs.

My inspiration stems from nature, my faith, travels, and interactions with people. Through my work, you'll see how the inspiration comes to life.

I love watercolors in the loose floral and botanical style. I consider myself a lifelong learner and can't wait to apply watercolors to other subjects such as architecture, landscapes, and perhaps even portraits.

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