Creativity tutorials

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Scan or Import Your Character Sketch

Learn different ways you can digitally import your sketch with Joel Santana

It probably sounds obvious, but it bears repeating: how you handle the first steps of any creative project will make a huge difference, not just in the outcome but also in terms of how easy or difficult your process is. From preparing your canvas (either digital or physical) to putting together a mood board that will serve as your guide once you begin to paint, these steps are crucial and, thankfully, they don’t have to be complicated.

In this tutorial, character designer Joel Santana (@themaddhattr) explains the best ways to import your sketches into Adobe Photoshop so that you can begin working on them.

4 Simple Steps to Import your Character Sketch and Prepare your Mood Board

1. Pick your method

While the simplest way to work on a sketch in Photoshop is to have one drawn with digital lines, if sketching on paper comes more naturally to you, there are two methods you can use: either a scanner or a camera.

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