a beginners tutorial

it would appear i have something to teach you.
unless it is just one formspringer asking the same question.  in this case, this whole post is for you.
Here’s my how-to on putting watercolor images on your blog … or really any image.
this is something I did not understand how to do but then it dawned on me one afternoon.
soooo what will you need?
watercolor paper

a scanner
photoshop elements (cheap photoshop- good for beginners like me)
First things first, get your watercolor on girl.
I’d also say you need to do it a little thicker than you normally would – so it shows well when it scans.
scan that baby into your computer.
open the image.
drop in photoshop.
There are a couple things to do.
you can crop your image. 
so with this image, it is just cropped. 
 if i put it on top of an image in photoshop it will still have a white background.  this can work well if it’s just a collage.  
but if you wanted to overlap it on top of an image you need the magic wand.
  it’s the tool that not surprisingly looks like a magic wand.
that’ll take the white background away.  after you press enter and move it off the grid.
you also have to magic wand inside the o’s and e’s – wherever there is white space.  
i did that with this image.
so this one could be dropped over an image.
like this!
ok, did i just confuse you?
i hope not too badly.
ask questions in the comments, and i’ll answer as best as i can.
or if you are a designer and would like to set me straight – tell us easier ways, by all means…
oh, and i love you too
ps: over on simply southern today.  talking about my fear of being taken…

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  • Reply Bree

    I suppose in order for one to do this, you would need fairly neat hand writing, or printing. So much for me being able to do this! haha My writing is decent sometimes, but with a paint brush? Forget about it!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Celeste

    Ooo thanks for sharing! I'm super new to all this blogging/craftyness that goes on computer style so it's super helpful to have tutorials!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Jessica Holly

    AMAZING. Thank you for this. Don't jude me if something like this pops up on my blog sooner or later 🙂

    January 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Michelle (michabella)

    WHAT!!!! This is awesome!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Ooh so cute! Trying this out for sure! 🙂

    January 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Britta Marie

    I came across your blog a week or two ago and I've been wondering how you make your watercolor images! They're really beautiful but I think I would have to work on my handwriting first if I wanted to try it!


    January 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Joelle :: Something Charming

    I was wondering how you did your watercolors {which I absolutely love, by the way}. I've been looking for a watercolor brush for Photoshop, but I haven't found anything yet. I might need to try this soon, so thanks for posting 🙂


    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Love it and sounds easier than I thought. Do you also use photoshop to make your photos into circles on your sidebar?


    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Tucker

    @ashley – I did. but i think you can do that in picnik too!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    next question.

    what kind of scanner do you have? i dont have oneeee… dont know if i need one… we'll see.

    and love the tutorial!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Corey @ Learning Patience

    Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂
    xoxo from Trinidad

    p.s. i posted a cool recipe today – I thought you might like it

    January 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Cyn

    Oh this is beautiful I want to try to do this asap =)
    Thanks for sharing!!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Renee

    I love this post! And you! Thanks for sharing! I need a PSE tutorial as well. That junk is not easy to use!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Mama and her boys

    I love it! I know mine will look like my three year old did it because I am the most inartistic person there is. I know, I know, its probably very simple, but I also have awful handwriting! lol so sad!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    This is so awesome. I would have never thought of this but it seems so easy to do.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Daily Cup of Couture

    so beautiful! love this! xx

    January 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Jin

    I just bookmarked this page!!! I'm pulling out the watercolors as we speak!!! Thanks sharing hun!


    January 31, 2012 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Holly

    I LOVE the magic wand tool – I use it all the time! & I love love your watercolors – my mom got me a set for Christmas, so I should start playing around with them!! 🙂

    January 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply I am Megan

    Photoshop really is the most awesome tool on earth, I love it! Cute photo of you guys!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply LindsayNicole

    Love this! And love your new layout too! it's gorgeous!


    Ps…Enter my MASSIVE Giveaway!

    January 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Ashlee

    I am totally trying this…How Cute and Fun 🙂

    January 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Erin

    That looks awesome! 🙂 What a great idea!

    January 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Jenzie

    Love the new design!!

    January 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    You've inspired me yet again! Can't wait to try this!

    January 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Eesh

    Now that is awesome! You guys are so cute!

    January 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Sonja

    I'm loving all your watercolour additions lately! So pretty freshand feminine. And I like the tutorial , wasn't confusing at all. I guess another really easy wayis to go to select – and then colour range…and iit lets you pick the white and immedietally select it all…. I luuurve that feature in photoshop! hehe and now that I scrolled all the way down in comments I see Lola again, and even though I commented yesterday, I just want to say (again) that she is soooo cute!!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Sonja

    ugh I need to learn how to do shorter comments.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Okay so this pretty much my new favorite thing ever! i seriously am going to go try it right away i love love love it so so much!! <3 Thanks for sharing this little gem!

    February 1, 2012 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Taylor

    good to know, sarah! and i am loving your new layout! check out my giveaway tomorrow, xo!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Hanna

    love this!!! loving the new look of your blog too!!!!

    February 1, 2012 at 4:35 am
  • Reply Ashlyn

    what a fabulous idea! thanks so much for sharing 🙂


    February 2, 2012 at 2:45 am
  • Reply Sara Louise

    I really need to practice my painting skills first, but at least now I know! Thanks Sarah, it was really sweet of you to post this – I'm always looking for blogging tips 🙂

    February 2, 2012 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Flapjack Melody

    This is super cute..!



    February 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply deertale

    This is sooo helpful. I was actually trying to figure this out the other day and had little luck! I must try again now!

    February 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm
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