9.24.2012

How to Digitize a Drawing - No Photoshop Needed







You may be wondering what this topic has to do with home stuff or sewing, and quite frankly, it has nothing to do with those things.  Beth and I were writing back and forth about how to digitize a hand drawn picture.  When she found out that I knew how to convert a drawing to a digital file, she instantly wanted to know how to do it.  I thought I would share how to do this really easy process without using Photoshop because I do not own nor know how to operate Photoshop.  There are endless applications once you digitize a drawing, so it's only up to your imagination on how far you will go!

So let's get started.  Here are the things you will need to digitize a drawing.
  • A drawing.  I quickly sketched up a few flowers in an Eloise Renouf style for this example.   You should be able to use almost any medium of choice in any color you want.  Today I am using ink.
  • A scanner 
  • PicMonkey - It's free with no required sign up!  
Once you have your drawing, you will need to scan it.  Use a higher dpi (dots per inch) when scanning your drawing.  It may take a little longer, but it will look much better.  Make sure you are including the entire picture in the scan.  Name your document when you save it, so you will be able to find it easily.




Upload your scanned drawing to PicMonkey.  Click on the flask on the right hand side and choose Boost.  This will brighten all white spots.  It will turn your photo from this . . .




to this . . .



The red arrows are pointing to small specks that were left behind after the Boost, which you may or may not be able to see.  Under the same flask, you will find a Draw tool.  Choose a color that matches your background, and use it as an eraser.  Now you can add text or other graphics of your choosing.  Hit save, and adjust your file size if needed.  You now have a digital drawing.


So what was once a drawing . . .



. . . is now turned into a digital file that I can use for anything my heart desires.


Easy, huh?


peaceout

I'm sharing with : Skip To My Lou,  The Girl Creative

25 comments:

  1. This is so useful, as when I have tried to do this before, it leaves a grey tinge. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you for posting this...it will definitely come in very handy when designing my blog template :D

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  3. Thanks Nancy! I think I can do that! I'll let you know when I change my header again!

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  4. Love this! Did you do your header this way? I've always loved your spotty lines.

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  5. This's a very helpful post! I had no idea it was so easy!

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  6. Great tip with the Boost. You so smart. And I love your drawings <3 you need to start designing your own fabric n spoonflower!!

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  7. I love this! I use picmonkey all the time but hadn't thought of this. Very cool. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm new to your blog- looking forward to looking around.
    PS Saw on Pinterest that you are in NC. Me too- in Charlotte. Where are you?

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  8. Thank you, this is very easy and simple. I am hoping once I settle down I will be able to use my scanner ^_^ .

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  9. I just came across your post via Pinterest and OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I have so much kiddy artwork filling my house and this is a great way to save it forever without the clutter in my house!!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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    1. haha! You're welcome!! Glad you found it!

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  10. Wonderful! Love that you digitize drawings with free online software. And your drawing skills are amazing.

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  11. Your drawings are beautiful and adorable! Don't say they aren't good...it makes those of us artistically challenged fearful of trying!

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  12. Hi Nancy, this is awesome! Do you think it will work well even with colors? I made a card using rubber stamps and ink, and I was wondering if there is a way to kind of digitize that and then to be able to print since the process I chose kind of takes some time... :) Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    1. Hi Nami! It should work for colors as well, but you may have a harder time color matching. There should be an online service to get you the color code of whatever you used. Also, keep in mind that boosting the photo, if you choose to do that, could alter the color as well.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this! This is really useful, especially when you want to create your own banner for your website, especially if you have a white background. Getting out those gray background from a scanned image is really cumbersome. Nice artworks, by the way!

    Ruby Badcoe

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  14. Thank you for this, I have been struggling with the darkness on photographs and scans of my work and I can't afford Photoshop, so this has helped me immensely! Such clear instructions, it makes it so easy to follow. I seriously can't t hank you enough!

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    1. That is great to hear! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Hi Owen's Olivia, I am trying to change my drawing to digital but I cannot find the flask icon from the site you gave us a link for. Can you tell me where I need to be looking for the flask icon?

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  16. Brilliant and simple instructions - now I'm gonna see if they work! will let you know :)

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  17. You are brilliant and it worked perfectly. Solved a lot of design headaches I've been having, Thanks lots

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