Remove Backgrounds from Watercolor Illustrations

Sandra Bowers, Illustrator + Surface + Creature Design

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11 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Trailer

      0:42
    • 2. Class Project

      0:38
    • 3. Set-up

      1:42
    • 4. Lasso Tool

      1:05
    • 5. Pen Tool

      1:18
    • 6. Eraser Tool

      1:14
    • 7. Brush Tool

      3:42
    • 8. Special Selection for Tiny Details

      4:41
    • 9. Tiny Details - the Simple Way

      0:43
    • 10. Multiple Tools

      4:09
    • 11. Finishing Touhes

      2:52

Project Description

Cut out your illustrations and create a greeting card

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ASSIGNMENT

Painting in watercolors is great, but it´s even better when you can use your watercolor illustrations to create different compositions that can be used for many different projects.  That´s why it´s so important to learn how to remove their background.  If you practice with different tools, you´ll be able to find the one that works best for you and your paintings, so that´s why this exercise is important and will help you.

DELIVERABLE

I´d love to see your process in the Project Gallery.

A completed project includes:

-An illustration cut out at least 3 times (using at least 3 different tools so you can compare them). Put them on a dark background and write down the tool you used and how long it took you to cut it out.

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It´s optional to create a composition for a greeting card. I made mine a Valentine´s Day card but you can choose any season you want.

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RESOURCES

This class requires some basic knowledge in ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® software and watercolors, here are some great classes you can take:

Watercolors for Illustrators by me!

Transform Watercolor Illustrations into Intricate Patterns by me!

The Basics of Photoshop with Meg Lewis

Modern Watercolor Techniques: Begginer´s level with Ana Victoria Calderón

And here you can see some of the patterns I create:

www.sandrabowersart.com

Remember to check out the other student´s projects!

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Student Projects

Sandra Bowers
Kerrie Hubbard
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Tatjana Mai-wyss
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