· Try to achieve a fade away effect (taller trees in the front, smaller trees behind)
· Do not overcrowd the image, try to keep a nice balance where the viewer can identify the trees
· You can use any type of tree you want to, but make sure that you maintain a certain pattern with them (if you start with trees with no leaves, keep all of them like that)
· You can use the same brush more than once, but make sure you use it with different sizes and place them in different places
Here’s the step-by-step of how I did mine:
Step 8: Adding the bushes
Now we’re going to do the same thing we did in the previous step, but this time with bushes. First, load up the bushes brush pack into Photoshop.
Create a new layer by clicking on the “Add new layer” button (or the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N) and name it Bushes.
Place this new layer behind the forest layer.
Set your foreground color to black (press D), make sure the opacity of your brush is at 100%, and go crazy with the bushes!
Try to follow the same idea we used with the trees, bigger bushes in the front, smaller on the back, and try to create a nice little grass for our trees. Here’s my step-by-step:
Remember: there’s no right or wrong in these two last steps, just be creative!
Step 9: Painting the field
Ok, so let’s start the painting part with the field. First, click on the “Create a new group” button (Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd+G) and name it Field.
Then click on the “Create a new layer” button (Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N) and place this new layer inside the Field group we just created.
We are going to add some shadows into our field now. With black as your foreground color (Shortcut: D), use a 0% hardness brush (Shortcut: B) to paint the areas indicated below:
Here is the result you should get:
Create a new layer again (Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N) and place it above the layer we created before.
Again with black as your foreground color (Shortcut: D) paint the are indicated in the image below:
Your result should be something like this:
To make it look better, add a Gaussian Blur to it (Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur).
Set the radius to 80px.
And this is the result:
Now we’re going to start adding some colors to our image. The process will be a little bit tedious and repetitive, but the bright side is that is really easy to do, and is basically what we just did above. We’re going to create a new layer, add some color to it, soften the effect with a Gaussian Blur, and do it all over again for the next layer.
To speed up this process make sure you try to use these shortcuts:
- Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N to create a new layer
- Ctrl/Cmd+G to create a new group
Also, if you have a tablet make sure you use it, because it will make your life a lot more easy thanks to the ability to control the opacity of the brush in real time while painting. If you don’t have a tablet don’t worry, follow these tips to help you with this part:
- Always use a brush wih 0% hardness
- Leave the opacity low (20~50%)
- Don’t do long strokes with the brush, try to do lots of short ones
- Ctrl/Cmd+Z will undo the last stroke
- Use Ctrl/Cmd+Alt/Opt+Z to undo more than one stroke
- When applying the Gaussian blur, feel free to try new values for the radius
- If you think the effect is too strong even after applying the Gaussian Blur, reduce the opacity of the layer to around 50~75%
- And last but not least: DO NOT RUSH and have fun!
To change your foreground color double click the little color square on the left panel. The easiest way to change your color is to type the hex code (highlighted below) on your color picker.
With that color selected, and using the layer we just created, try to paint something like this in your image:
Apply a Gaussian blur of 80px.
And this is the result:
Now just keep following the same pattern for the rest of this step
We’re going to paint with pure white in this step. To quickly access white press D and then X.
Don’t worry about the darkening of the image, I did that in some of the steps to make it easier for you to see where I’ve painted.
And by the end of this step, your image should be similar to this one. Remember: your image doesn’t need to be exactly like mine, just similar.