How to Import Drawings Into Photoshop


Importing drawings into Photoshop is one of the easiest ways to turn drawings into digital images. Once you import a drawing into Photoshop, you can easily change it to look exactly the way you want it to appear in a finished piece. Even Photoshop beginners will quickly learn how to import their drawings into the program. The process takes only a few steps, and once you've completed it once, you'll be able to do so again and again without difficulty.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing
  • Scanner
  • Photoshop
  • Open Photoshop and click on "File" to make the drop-down menu appear.

  • Place the mouse pointer over the "Import" option; a small drop-down menu should appear beside it.

  • Click on the name of the scanner you'll use to import your image.

  • Open the scanner's top and place your drawing face-down on the scanner bed. Match one of the drawing's upper corners to the scanner's top right corner and close.

  • Adjust the scanner mode to suit your drawing. Use the color mode for color drawings, the grayscale mode for black and white drawings, and the line art mode for line drawings.

  • Change the scanner's DPI, or dots per inch, setting to 300. This will create a quality image that you can easily edit in Photoshop.

  • Click on the "Preview" button to create a preview scan of the drawing you're importing into Photoshop.

  • Select the area you want to scan from the preview. If you have a small drawing that takes up only a small part of the scanner bed, hold down the mouse's left clicker and draw a box around the image.

  • Click on the "Scan" button to scan the drawing and import it into Photoshop.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're importing a finely detailed line drawing into Photoshop, use a higher DPI setting (between 600 and 1200) when scanning your drawing. Reduce the DPI once you've imported your image into Photoshop to create a file that takes up less space on your hard drive.
  • Create line drawings you intend to import into Photoshop with fine-tipped pigment pens for the best results.

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