This afternoon, I started gathering things I want to bring with us to Åsen (two more days!!). A film camera, and many rolls of my favourite film – Kodak Ektar in case you’re wondering, two bags of stone-ground flour, a glazed ceramic tray, watercolours and brushes.
And in the center of the block of cold-pressed paper, I found these illustrations I made two summers or so ago. Sat on the patio of our cabin in Åsen, to the sound of raining trees.
The process, which allows to control the rendered texture of the cold-pressed paper that makes editing a watercolour in Photoshop a pain, has become a favourite. And K. may have had to hear me ramble about it for a week or so, happy-dance included.
Step one: scan the watercolour
But scan it twice, rotating the image to 180° on the scanner bed for the second scan.
Step two: open in Photoshop
Layer both images, align the content, and set the top layer to 50% ( more or less, it’s up to you how much “texture” you want to show).
Step three: edit as you usually would
Which for me means: extracting the illustration using the channel panel, possibly correcting the white balance/saturation/contrast, and exporting.
For a more detailed instructions, please head over Elizabeth’s for a beautifully illustrated tutorial.