Use color #3D7500 to add a few stray grasses off the bank on both sides (size 13 brush with all brush settings unchecked except shape dynamics).

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And, you’re done with the background!

If you want, you can turn off the background tree outline layer for a different look!

These two different approaches will allow you to create an entire digital painting in which anything can be added or altered (within reason of course) with little effort if whoever is paying you wants something changed.

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10 responses to “Create a Children’s Book Illustration Part I: The Background”

  1. Nick Risberg Avatar
    Nick Risberg

    love the step by step tutorials!! I’ll have to get at it this weekend!

  2. DEREK Avatar
    DEREK

    I HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS TUTORIAL. IT DIDNT HELP ONE BIT.

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    Anonymous

    Confusing what application do U use like paint??

  4. zakir375 Avatar
    zakir375

    It was good tutorial, I am learning magic of Photoshop, thanks.

  5. Nick Legarde Avatar
    Nick Legarde

    Digital imaging is such a grind. But Mr. Grey is an OG.

  6. Nick Legarde Avatar
    Nick Legarde

    Photoshop sux

  7. Sakib Ullah Avatar
    Sakib Ullah

    Nice tutorial

    1. Berned Avatar
      Berned

      Nope.

  8. Lisa Chaikin-Johnston Avatar
    Lisa Chaikin-Johnston

    Nice tutorial! I appreciate the steps and various explanations of brush settings.

    1. Sakib Ullah Avatar
      Sakib Ullah

      No it wasn’t good

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