There is no substitute for the feel of creating analog art; that is, art with traditional materials by hand. What do you do in a digital world? How do you get reproductions without turning yourself into a machine painting daisies forever? How do you get that perfect Etsy listing image? I will answer all these questions and more with this digitizing artwork series.
Today we are going to talk about using Photoshop to digitize our analog artwork. There are other options out there, but Photoshop has long since been the industry standard for image manipulation. Adobe Creative Cloud offers Photoshop as part of a subscription service. There are some pluses and minuses to the subscription model. With a single purchase you had to drop a huge chunk of change to get the software, but you owned it forever. Upgrading to get new, and innovative, features was also costly. With the subscription model you pay a lower up front cost, and can always have the newest features. You certainly can do all of the steps included in this guide with an older version of Photoshop. As long as you have layer masks and adjustment layers, you are all set.
Yes it’s free!
This guide is lengthy. I have prepared it as a PDF file “Digitizing Art in Photoshop” for you to download. If you find this helpful, please feel free to share the link to this page with your friends and followers. Please do not redistribute this file or share the direct download link only. I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below or find me on Instagram and let me know how this guide has helped you.
What about my program?
If Photoshop isn’t in your toolbox, or it is outside of your budget, there are other options available. I have a guide for Pixelmator, which is a very affordable alternative to Photoshop for Mac OS users. A guide for Photoshop Elements, which is another alternative to Photoshop for both Mac OS and Windows users, is up next.
Similar tutorials for Illustrator, Inkscape, and maybe even GIMP are also on the docket. Do you have another software you think might work? Comment below and I’ll check it out. Please feel free to ask questions if you find yourself stuck. This guide will be revised based on feedback.
Want to get started with watercolor?
Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor series to get all the info on supplies and basics to get you started!