Want to know how to digitize your hand-painted or drawn art? Here is how I make transparent PNGs out of my painted watercolor images. It's not as hard as it seems!
This tutorial covers how to do it in Photoshop using a Mac, but it can easily be done on a PC, too!
Let's begin with the image you want to work with.
Once your file is up, hold Command + A (if you're on a PC, CTRL + A) to select the whole image.
Find your Layers/Channels/Paths window, and click the Channels tab.
Depending on your Photoshop workspace UI, it may be in a different area, but for the Essentials (Default) UI, it's in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
While still holding the Command key, click the RGB channel. You'll see it select your image in a more specified way, rather than just a total area selection.
Flip back to your Layer tab, and hit "delete". Your image should look very faded. That's normal!
Now, your image looks really light, doesn't it? I address this by copying the layer multiple times. Because each layer has a degree of transparency, when they stack, the overall image regains it's vibrancy before you "skimmed" it for transparency. Flatten your image layers, turn off your Background layer, and you're ready to save!
Just got to File > Export > Quick Export as PNG. Name it and done! You've made your first colorful and textured transparent PNG! Huzzah!
Note : If you Quick Export as PNG, your resolution is going to reduce your DPI to 72. So if you want to retain a 300 DPI, just Save As to maintain resolution.
Did you find the tutorial helpful? What did you create with it? Do you have any suggestions for future How Tos? Let me know in the comments below!
[ Edited : I clarified a DPI change when Exporting as PNG. ]