Digitizing Sketches: Making Patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator
Intermediate | 1 hour 7 min
Ever wondered how to turn your sketchbook art into a digital pattern? Artist and surface designer, Cecelia Murphy, shows you her technique for transforming a simple sketch into a digital pattern that can be used to print on fabric, paper, or on any surface imaginable. Cecelia starts by showing you how to clean up a sketch in Photoshop, making your linework bolder so it’s ideal for digitizing. Then, working in Illustrator, Cecelia demonstrates how to make a digital trace of your drawing so you can vectorize it, which makes it a breeze to re-size, rotate, and duplicate. Use your digital motif to create a single layout or repeating pattern, working with color along the way to produce striking patterns. This class is a non-intimidating entry point for artists who are new to Photoshop and Illustrator.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Pen line drawing
  • Laptop or computer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Tablet and stylus (optional)
  • Black felt tip marker
  • Smart phone
Learn how to:
  • Digitize a sketch
  • Work in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Trace a drawing in Illustrator
  • Work with vector images
  • Add, adjust and replace color
  • Make a repeat pattern tile
What you’ll get:
  • A class on how to digitize your original sketches in Illustrator.
  • HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Cecelia Murphy
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
310 users recommended this class to a friend
Inês Rato
digital patterns in a quick and very well explaned way
January 23
Yvonne Ramsey
Brilliant class and excellent teacher. Thank you!
January 7, 2023
M Preninger
More courses with illustrator and photoshop please! Also video editing please.
November 29, 2022