November 8, 2012

on a bit of a doodle (and what may be a very scattered tutorial)...

Flower doodle.
So, I finally figured out how to add color using Photoshop Elements. Hurrah! I'm entirely too excited about how this first one turned out—not to mention the color combination, which is currently making me swoon.

I'm not sure this really counts as a tutorial, but let's just go with it, shall we? I figured this may at least give someone who has never tried something like this a bit of a head start. (Plus, I like sharing things I've learned that end up being much simpler than I assumed they'd be!) Here is a breakdown of how I did this—which may be confusing, because I tend to learn-as-I-go with things of this nature and there isn't always a method to my madness:
  • On white paper, I sketched these doily-ish flowers and leaves. I used a red gel pen for some reason. No idea why. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • I scanned the image to my computer in color, then (using Photoshop Elements) I switched the colored image to black and white.
  • Using Photoshop Elements, I sharpened the contrast and fiddled with a few other levels until the image was more crisp and less faded than the original scan.
  • I then imported the image to iPhoto and sharpened the contrast a wee bit more. (See what I mean? I'm kind of all over the place with this.)
  • After that, I imported the image back into Photoshop Elements and started adding color by using the paint bucket tool. How did I not know it would be that easy? I mean, honestly.
I feel like I still have to fine-tune this a little bit, but I'm eager to try it with more of my sketches and lettering and such.

Not too shabby for a quick nap-time project, eh?


  1. Beautiful! You should sell your graphics.

  2. Very nice! Your tutorial isn't confusing at all!

  3. Very pretty and the tutorial is simple to follow. Thanks!

  4. And if you didn't have a scanner, you could take a pic of the drawing and upload it to use. :)

    1. Oooh, good point! Thanks for adding this, Kathleen. :)

  5. I used Photoshop Elements for the first time the other day and had no idea what I was doing. I appreciate any tips or help I can get. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. Totally sell worthy - cute little prints need to be in your shop ASAP!

  7. Oh neat! I've actually done this with - like Kathleen suggested - a photo of something I doodled. Love it@

  8. I <3 Photoshop! :) cute doodles!

  9. bravo! it's a cute lil' doodle. you should do more :)

  10. Awe, so cute! I am thinking about getting Photoshop Elements, so it's good to know that it can do things like this!! Thanks for sharing! :)


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