Today I'm going to show you a few of the simple steps I take to scan, clean up, and remove the paper backgrounds from my painted artwork using Adobe Photoshop.
Note that if you would like to dive deeper into this technique, I have a Skillshare class here showing you my exact process for making patterns out of my artwork using Photoshop! This can be applied to any medium you use, not just watercolor.
Before I show you my 3 simple steps for cleaning up and digitizing your artwork, let's talk a little bit about what you would want to transfer your artwork to the computer!
In most cases, your artwork needs to be digitized if you plan to monetize it.Even if you are just selling original artwork directly to customers, I highly recommend you digitize your work anyway! Here are a few reasons why:
• You may want to make prints or other products of the artwork later.
Step 1: Scan in Your Artwork
Step 2: Remove the Paper BackgroundIf your art doesn't have a white paper background you want to remove, you can skip this step!
Step 3: Clean Up and Color Correct Your Artwork
Finally, we're going to erase any imperfections leftover, like you see below, with the Eraser Tool. If the imperfections are actually on the art itself, and not the background, I use the Spot Healing Tool for a quick fix.
Finally, you may need to color correct your artwork to more closely match the original. Usually this involves upping the Saturation levels slightly, which are found under Adjustments. So that's what I did here!
I hope this helps you get started with digitizing your art, or maybe you learned about a new little trick! There are plenty of individual processes out there, so if you've found something different that works better for you and your particular art, go for it.