Digitizing with Photoshop: Step 1 - Scan
The first step is we're gonna work with photo shop, and we're going to start with a scanner. Okay. You want to be in charge of that sucker? Sure. Now, let's see. What are we going to scan in? So okay. See, we're gonna work with, um, format That is very common to the kind of work that we dio, which is basically, um, James will draw out some hand written type caisson lettering. And then, um, we will scan it in, and we want to layer it on top of a either a photo, a photo or another piece of artwork. Okay, that we've already scanned in. So for that, we're going to start. See, we're gonna use have a job that we have been working on earlier in the year. Yeah. Which one of these do you want todo this 1st still more, Um, like one of these. So this is just, um, how I would start using tracing paper using a posca or a sharp, not a Sharpie paint pen. Uh, Sharpie paint pen on tracing paper. There's obviously two different weights here. I try not to be too picky and draw too many times, but I will...
draw this thing and hand it off to Laura and say, Can you make some magic with that? Make it look beautiful. So what Will dio is? We just opened up the scanner. Have a piece in here already. Make sure that out of the picture. And by the way, sometimes you need to scan your driver's license. Do a low resting to send off to get, like, passport papers or to whatever. Remember that you've left your driver's license on the scanner. Yes, that happens. You don't want to show up the airport that has happened to us. Okay, so we're scanning it in. But there's a little buddy and on some of your scanners, it will ask you what, resolution? Resolution? Usually, it'll ask you what resolution? You want to scan it in as, um, this job we're doing is safe for a magazine. Okay, so for it is for magazine, for a print magazine. Okay, so for print, there are different rules than for online. Um, resolution for print. We usually scan. Did in, um, pretty high rez because then on and that's what 600 dp I have 600 is usually safe if It's just black and white line work. It's I mean, I'm I usually kind of do overkill on do, like 1200 sometimes, yeah, yeah, but it's always greater. I mean, if you scan it at the high rez, it's great because you can always downsize later. You can't make it. Hi rez. After it's already lower for this particular job, you know the size. I just draw what's comfortable to me. I don't tryto don't try to use a pan and try to make it big letters unless I want released in little letters. So it means that means I generally draw a lot smaller than the magazine size. Which means if I scan this at 300 FBI and then blow it up, it's gonna be it's gonna look like crap. So yes,
Just because the software is complex doesn’t mean digitizing your artwork is complicated. Work done by hand can easily be used in digital projects with the help of a basic scanner, the right software, and a few easy steps. Laura and James Victore will show you how it’s done in How to Digitize Hand-Drawn Art.
Laura and James both have distinguished careers as artists and educators and in this class they’ll break down the process and practice of digitizing your work into easy-to-follow steps. You’ll learn techniques for:
- Turning the analog into digital using Photoshop and Illustrator
- Adding handmade elements to graphic design projects
- Pairing fonts with hand-drawn typography
- Retouching your handmade work so it keeps its character
Laura and James will demonstrate the complete process for uploading to Photoshop and Illustrator and offer troubleshooting tips that will make the entire process less daunting and more fun.
Don’t avoid the computer! Learn how to turn the work you make by hand into a digital asset in How to Digitize Hand-Drawn Art.