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Step 12

Make a new layer above the “beech” layer and title it “beech outline”.

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Step 13

Outline the tree with a small round, hard edged brush and color #3E2B00.

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Step 14

Using the same color, make roots growing out of the bottom of the tree a little.

Using the smudge tool set to 78% strength on “beech” layer to fill in roots.

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Step 15

Using color #3Z2B00 draw curving “stripes” across the trunk. The lines should be widest near the edges, and taper off in the middle.

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Step 16

Color right above the lines with color #E5CA90. This will finish the bark effect.

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Step 17

Make a new layer above the “foreground trees” layer, and title it “foreground trees outline”.

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Step 18

Outline the two front trees with color #291000 and a size 20 opaque brush.

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Step 19

Using the same color and brush as before, outline roots growing out of the ground around the two large brown trees. Make sure now to close off the shapes of the roots, but rather leave gaps, so that they will appear to be growing out of the ground rather than sitting on top of it.

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Step 20

Now use color #293BOE to block in the roots. This will work best if done on the layer below the outline.

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Step 21

Now use color #4D2600 to block in the shadows on the roots.

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Step 22

Make a new layer above all the other layers and title it “bark”.

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Step 23

Using a size 18 brush set to 44% opacity draw multiple thin lines running vertically up and down the trunks. By using a light hand and making shaky, wavy lines that occasionally touch or cross over will give the impression of tree bark.

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Step 24

Now make a new layer beneath the “bark” and “outline” layers, and title it “trunk detail”.

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Step 25

Highlight the bark with color #895522 and a size 86 pixel brush set to 44% opacity (hard edged).

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Step 26

Make a new layer above all the other layers, and title it “root grass”.

This layer is going to incorporate the trees into the grass.

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Step 27

Make the impression of short grass growing around the base of the trees and their roots with color #32590D, and a size 25 pixel opaque brush.

(You may want to use a size 11 pixel brush for the grass around the base of the “beech” tree.)

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Step 28

Highlight the grass with color #588FOA and the same brush as before.

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