Tutorial: Edit Hand Painted Textures in Photoshop

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Last week, you followed along as I created some hand painted textures using a random selection of art supplies. It was fun, right? Did you take some time away from your computer and iPad to make some messy textures too?

Now for the next step: scanning and editing those textures so they are ready to be used in digital illustrations.

My scanner is fairly basic, because it’s mostly used for scanning textures and sometimes scanning hand drawn elements for my digital art. It’s an Epson Perfection V19 and it’s been an awesome scanner so far—even surviving being dropped at least once because I am the Queen of Clumsy.

These textures get scanned in at 1200 dpi. Why? Because I want to be able to use these on double page spreads in children’s books and I want the option of using them on even larger pieces of art too.

When you’re scanning textures, bigger is always better!

What Supplies Are You Using?

I’m using three things for this tutorial:

  • Epson Perfection V19 scanner

  • Photoshop CC

  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD (you don’t need a Cintiq to follow along or even a tablet at all, you can just click along with a mouse)

Can I Just Buy Some Nice Textures Instead?


While I encourage making your own textures so you’re guaranteed something unique to work with, I also understand that making textures may not be your jam.

I make textures and also buy textures and use both in my work on a regular basis.

Here are some great texture packs that you can start with:

You’ll Learn:

  • How to edit your hand painted textures in Photoshop so they are ready to be used in your digital illustrations in any app

As always, if you follow along with this video and want to share your texturey goodness, post on Instagram using #learnwithsfc or tag me @stephfizercoleman.

I’ll be sharing all the textures I create in these tutorials with newsletter subscribers, so sign up for The Artist Letters now if you aren’t already on list.

***This post does contain affiliate links. If you purchase via my links, I get a small commission. You know I don’t recommend things unless I use them and love them***


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