Name this new group Images (or anything else you want) and we’re good to go.
Step 7: Adding the forest
We’re done with the photo manipulation part of our project, we are now only going to work with brushes. Let’s start off by adding the forest to the right part of our image. If you’re not familiar with installing and using Photoshop brushes, I suggest you take a look at this video on how to install Photoshop brushes. So now that you know how to install new brushes into Photoshop, you can go ahead and download and install the four brush packs that we are going to need for the next steps. It’s two tree packs, one bushes pack, and one people pack. After all done, create a new layer in our project by clicking in the “Add new layer” button (or use the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+Alt/Opt+N). Rename this new layer Forest.
Now load the 2 trees silhouettes pack we downloaded into our brush panel (check the beginning of that video to see how).
Make sure black is your foreground color (press D), leave the opacity at 100% and let’s start creating the forest!
· 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).