Remove Backgrounds from Watercolor Illustrations

Sandra Bowers, Illustrator+ Surface Pattern Designer

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11 Videos (23m)
    • Trailer

      0:42
    • Class Project

      0:38
    • Set-up

      1:42
    • Lasso Tool

      1:05
    • Pen Tool

      1:18
    • Eraser Tool

      1:14
    • Brush Tool

      3:42
    • Special Selection for Tiny Details

      4:41
    • Tiny Details - the Simple Way

      0:43
    • Multiple Tools

      4:09
    • Finishing Touhes

      2:52

About This Class

In this class I´ll show you how I use different tools in ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® software to remove the background of my watercolor illustrations. Painting in watercolors is great, but it´s even better when you can isolate your watercolor illustrations to create different compositions, change your background color and edit each element separately. I´ll demonstrate how I use the lasso tool, the eraser, the pen tool, the brush with layer masks and the way I work with tiny, hard to edit details.

For this class you need a basic knowledge of ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP®, but if you don´t know how to use it yet, here on Skillshare you´ll find great classes on it.

149 of 153 students recommendSee All

very good course
This class was great for me as I already have photoshop skills. I do think if you are brand new to the program, you should take something else first to give you tool basics. I loved this. Gave me exactly what I needed without bogging it down with 1000 software details.
I played several times, perfect instruction for where I was having a need.
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Sandra Bowers

Illustrator+ Surface Pattern Designer

I'm Sandra Bowers, I'm a Freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer based in BC, Canada. I'm originally from the beautiful Medellin, Colombia, where it's springtime all year round!

I have very big eyes and I love animals, specially dogs.  Most of my inspiration comes from nature and animals, so I'm lucky to live in a place where I can sit in the garden and watch many free animals come close enough to admire (coyotes, raccoons, bunnies and many many birds!). 

I love mixing traditional and digital media to create detailed, stylized, playful illustrations and patterns for fabrics, stationary and home decor.