The best part of temporary tattoo design may just be that anyone, no matter your design expertise, can dive in and create beautiful projects. Here's how to get started.Digitizing your tattoo designs
You can use any number of materials and techniques to create the original tattoo design. Some designers like to sketch out ideas with paper, pencil, and pen. Others prefer to hop into an application like Adobe Illustrator
and draw or paint a project digitally. No matter how you choose to start your design, in order to get your tattoos printed, the final product must be digital.
If you favor creating your artwork on paper first, we recommend using a combination of Adobe Photoshop
and Illustrator to achieve the best digital results.
Add or adjust color
- Scan your artwork and bring it into Photoshop, or use Adobe Capture to auto-scan and bring directly into a Creative Cloud library.
- Use either "Brightness/Contrast" or Levels adjustments to increase the contrast of the image and make your lines really pop.
- Move your design into Illustrator. Use Image Trace to trace the object and create a clean tracing.
After you have a clean tracing, you can add or adjust your color directly in Illustrator. When designing temporary tattoos especially, considering color and how it will look against skin tones is important to make a design "pop."
"Even if you want to use a color as the base that matches a specific tone, put a thick outline around the design," says Pranjal. "When using metallic colors, try to use at least two contrasting colors — like metallic gold and black — for maximum impact."