I thought this would be a good place to talk a little bit about how I clean up my artwork. I work in a variety of materials and each one has its own challenges. Mainly, I like to create dolls either in watercolors or in Adobe Illustrator. And the two methods couldn't be more different! With the watercolors, I often need to do a little post-production work in Photoshop. That's what we'll go over today.
First, you'll need a doll to work with. I'm using a scan of the colored pencil doll I made a few weeks ago. I highly recommend a scan. If you don't have (or don't have access to) a scanner, you can use a digital camera to "scan" your image. It just requires a few extra steps that I'm not going over today. If there's a need, I can certainly come back to that. You'll also need Photoshop or a similar editing program. I also like to use my Wacom tablet, but you can do all of this with a mouse.
Open your image in Photoshop. Adjust the image rotation if needed. Go to Image>Image Rotation to do this.
Start with the broad, general edits and move to the small, detailed ones. In this case, resizing the image is the biggest, easiest change to make.
Go to Image>Canvas Size.
I try not to do too much if I can help it. Part of the appeal of watercolor or pencil is that it's done by hand, with all the imperfections that come with that. I darkened some shadows with the burn tool, and erased some minor scanning artifacts with the close/heal tool, but that was about it.
So that's it for now. I'm hoping to have an intro to Adobe Illustrator up next time. Til then, have fun editing dolls!