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Paint a Surreal Scene Photoshop Tutorial
Step 1 – Sketch the treeI have a lot of sketches. Here, I decided to use the tree that was a part of an older sketch. You may sketch a tree of your own and scan it into the computer or use the sketch below.
Step 2 – Create a new imageCreate a new image (Ctrl+N or File > New) with the settings shown below.
- Width: 640px
- Height: 948px
- Resolution: 72
Step 3 – Create layersName your sketch layer “sketch” or any other name you desire. Create another layer for the animal you wish to add to the drawing and name it “squirrel_sketch” or whichever animal you are drawing. Select the “squirrel_sketch” layer and sketch a squirrel.
Step 4 – Choose a colour paletteFor this painting, I chose an earthy palette. You may load these colours into the Swatches palette in Photoshop or choose your own colours.
Step 5 – Choose a brushSelect the Brush Tool and then right click on the canvas. When the Brush Setting window appears, set your brush to the settings below.
- Master Diameter: 19px
- Hardness: 100%
Step 6 – Filling in the backgroundSelect the layer labelled “background.” Then select the Gradient Tool and fill the canvas as shown below.
Step 7 – Adding the skyCreate two more layers and label it “sky_colour” and “tree_colour.” As you can see below, I’ve deleted the “squirrel_sketch” layer. I have saved the sketch into a different psd file to work with later. Now select the “tree_colour” layer and roughly paint the tree brown. Then select the “sky_colour” layer and roughly paint the sky. Add some more shadows to the “sky_colour” label. Create a layer labelled “sun” and paint a sun behind the tree.
Step 8 – Change the canvas sizeTo add more detail to the painting, you need a bigger canvas. So change the Image Size (Image > Image Size) to the following settings.
- Width: 1500px
- Height: 2222px
- Resolution: 300