TraDigital Art: Using Traditional Elements in Digital Art

Melissa Lee Shaw, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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11 Videos (57m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Project: These are a few of my favorite things ~

    • Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop to Remove the Background From Traditional Line Art

    • Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop to Remove the Background From Black and White Watercolor or Ink

    • Using Alpha Channels in Photoshop to Remove the Background From Illustrations with Color

    • Vectorizing Watercolor Illustrations

    • Digitizing Your Handwriting

    • Taking a Traditional Piece and Enhancing It Digitally - Color Balance and Textures

    • Taking a Traditional Piece and Enhancing It Digitally - Stumpy Pencil and Hue/Saturation

    • How To Bring Your Photos From Dull to HDR In 10 Easy Steps

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

I got my first (and only) tablet in 2010, and it didn't take me long to start loving digital art, but I often found myself wishing I could more easily incorporate traditional elements such as pen and pencil line art and watercolor motifs into my digital drawings and designs. Luckily, through my years of experience, I’ve picked up some useful techniques and tricks for doing this. In this 60-minute class, I'll go over such things as using alpha channels to add digital color to traditional line art on separate layers and vectorizing watercolor illustrations to make them usable in Illustrator.

Whether you're a seasoned pro at Photoshop and Illustrator or you've never opened the programs, you'll feel comfortable in this course. All levels of skill can benefit from the techniques taught. Hope to see you there! :]



53 of 53 students recommendSee All

Excellent class.
Great class. Informative, well articulated and explained concepts. The teacher provides multiple examples to help you execute your own projects. I also appreciate that there is no background music in the videos. :-)
Loved this class! Very easy to understand techniques, beautiful art to showcase examples =)
Mariya Popandopulo

Photographer & Illustrator





Melissa Lee Shaw

allow yourself to fail before you succeed

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and it's all I've ever really wanted to do. I started teaching myself how to draw digitally in 2010 when I got my first tablet, and since then I've had a growing fascination with the digital art world. It's pretty rad. I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in the Electronic Arts.

I knew I didn't want to go to art school for my master's degree because of the expense, but I also knew I wanted to continue learning about art and improving my skills. Discovering online resources for learning such as Skillshare has had a wonderful impact on my life. Since joining Skillshare, I've discovered a passion for creating repeating patterns, as well as cut-paper illustrations, and many other things that I never really considered doing before. :D


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