Mountains, Trees and Clouds Background using Brushes
● Create a Background with Gradients and Brushes in Photoshop.
● Then Place the Background behind your Outline in Illustrator .
✓ Pen Tool ✓ Download and Install Brushes
✓ Blending Modes ✓ Gradients ✓ Embed Documents
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Photoshop ~
✗ Open a new document in Photoshop the size of the background or your current project, probably 18 x 24 inches:
Step #2: Pick your Colors ~
✗ Double-Click your colors …
✗ … and set the color to whatever you want.
✗ Set the other color too to another color that matches, just change them both …
Step #3: Gradient Tool ~
✗ Select the Gradient Tool which is behind the Paint Bucket …
✗ … select Linear Gradient on the menu bar …
✗ … then click the Gradient Picker arrow and select the Foreground to Background gradient.
Step #4: Drag the Gradient Tool Across the Screen ~
✗ Drag the cursor across the screen to create the sky.
Step #5: New Layer ~
✗ Then go to: Layer > New > Layer or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd (⌘)+ Shift (⇧) +N …
✗ … call the layer "grass" or "ground" or whatever and hit OK.
Step #6: The Ground ~
✗ Using the Pen Tool, create a simple curve and close the shape.
✗ Right-Click and choose Make Selection and then select New Selection …
✗ … and fill it with green or whatever colors you want in your foreground, in this case it's green like grass.
Step #7: Gradient ~
✗ With the new "grass" layer selected …
✗ … go to: Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options …
✗ … click on Gradient Overlay …
✗ … and set the blend mode to "Soft Light."
✗ Try other Gradient settings - Customize your work!
Step #8: Download PhotoShop Brushes ~
✗ Right-Click this => Landcape Brush. and hit "Save Link as …"
✗ … and save the file to your Destop.
Step #9: Expand ~
✗ Go to your Desktop expand the file it by Double-Clicking it (the file is "zipped").
Step #10: Brushes ~
✗ Now, go back to PhotoShop, click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …
✗ …click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …
✗ … click on the little in the upper right and click on Load Brushes.
✗ Find the EXPANDED file and install hit Load …
Step #11: Pick the Mountain Brush ~
✗ Scroll to bottom of the brushes and pick one:
Step #12: Make Another New Layer ~
✗ Go to: Layer > New > Layer …
✗ … drag the layer Between the other layers in the middle and call it "Mountains."
Step #13: Adjust the Brush ~
✗ You may need to raise or lower the Brush Size (if necessary) …
✗ … change the color (if necessary) …
✗ … and paint.
Step #14: Clouds ~
✗ Make another New Layer: Layer > New > Layer …
✗ … get the Cloud Brush …
✗ … and, using different sizes and colors, do something extraordinary!
Step #15: Trees ~
✗ Make some trees on a New Layer too …
Step #16: .psd to .ai ~
✗ Save it as a Photoshop .psd document.
Now move to Adobe Illustrator.
✓ Open your Adobe Illustrator project and make a New Layer:
✓ If you're working on the Movie Poster - open your outline drawing:
✓ OR - open your Heroes project, …
✓ Whatever project you're working on, drag the New Layer down below the other layers & lock everything else.
Step #17: Place your .psd doc ~
✓ In Adobe Illustrator, go to: File > Place …
✓ Find the .psd file you just saved and place it behind your outline:
Step #18: Embed the File ~
✓ With the background selected, hit the Embed button so the Photoshop document is permanently "embedded" into Illustrator :
✓ If you don't Embed the Photoshop image, it wont be there when you send it in!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.