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Summary:

Create a Landscape Scene in Photoshop

    ●  Use the Brush Tool to make grass, the Pen Tool to make mountains and the Gradient Tool to make sky.


Learn About:

Pen Tool Convert Anchor Point Tool Smudge Tool
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  •   This tutorial is part of the Monster Mesh Project and We Can Be Heroes Project.

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Step #1: Open a New Document in Photoshop ~

IF you don't have a Photoshop document started and you are working on the Monster Mesh Movie Poster Project, open a new document in Photoshop the size of the background, probably 18 x 24 inches …


Step #2: Photoshop Brush Tool~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

… hit F5 or click on the Toggle the Brushes panel button.


Step #3: Select a Grass Brush ~

You may need to Reset your brushes - Click the small arrow on the upper right of the box and select Reset Brushes …

… scroll down and find the brush that looks like Grass.

Then click Scattering and adjust the settings:


Step #4: Set your Colors ~

Now set your Foreground & Background Colors.

Try a light color green and a Background Color with a darker green …  

… but you can choose any colors you want, of course.

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Step #5: Sky ~

Make a New Layer below the Grass layer and call it sky …

Set your colors to whatever Alien landscape your imagination can create …

… select the Gradient Tool which is behind the Paint Bucket

… and select Radial Gradient in the menu bar - or any other gradient you like …

radial gradient

… then select the gradient you chose in the Gradient Editor …

… and drag the Gradient Tool across the screen.

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Step #6: Hills ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+N to make a new layer and put it between the grass and the sky and call it "hills."

layer mountains

Click the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …

pen tool

… draw a rounded shape like a small hill and close it …

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… Right-Click the shape and hit Make Selection …

new selection

… fill the Hill with a Gradient.

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Shrink your hill by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T and squeeze …

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… . and duplicate the hill by holding Alt (⌥)/Option and adjust them so they overlap.

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Step #7: Mountains ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+N to make a new layer and put it in front of sky by behind hills …

… select the Free Form Pen Tool …

… and make some mountain shapes with lots of points …

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Be sure to close the shape by ending where you started with the Pen Tool …

Now select the Convert Anchor Point Tool

You can adjust the lines by holding the Cmd key while you move the ancho points.

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Right-Click and hit "Make Selection"

make selection

Fill the mountains with a brown gradient.

fill mountains

 

Step #8: Snow ~

Paint some white lines with a soft brush near the peaks of the mountains …

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Get the Smudge Tool

smudge tool

Spread the white around a little.

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Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T and squeeze the mountains to make them more realistic.

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Step #9: Blur the Mountains ~

Go to: Filter > Blur and select Gaussian Blur …

gaussian blur

… blur the Mountains so they look farther away.


Step #10: Thick Heavy Bristle Brush ~

CREATE ANOTHER NEW LAYER (remember, every item should be on its own layer) and call it Trees.

new-layer trees

… click the Brush Tool again (B) …

brush tool

… click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …

… and click on little triangle in brush append little the uppper right corner …

… and select Thick Heavy Brushes.

thick heavy brushes

Hit Append …

append brushes

… and select a Rough Round Bristle Brush.


Step #11: Brush Dynamics ~

Hit F5 or click on the Toggle the Brushes panel icon in the Menu Bar …

toggle the brushes panel

… click Shape Dynamics …

… and set the Jitter Control to Fade.

Raise the Steps for Size Fade (you may need to adjust this number later) …

 

 

Adjust the size of the brush using the Bracket Keys:

 

 

left bracket<== Smaller | Bigger ==> right bracket


Step #12: Make a Tree or Two ~

Get a Brown tree color begin your tree trunk …

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You should adjust the size of the brush and the fade steps to get it right.


Step #13: Lower the Steps ~

Go back to Shape Dynamics and lower the steps …

lower the fade steps

… and lower the brush size, and paint another branch.

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Get as detailed as you can by adjusting the size of the brush and setting the fade steps …

detailed tree


Step #14: Leaves ~

Create another New Layer and call it leaves.

leaves layer

… and go back to your brushes menu to find the Scattered Maple Leaf brush …

brush-append.jpg

… lower the opacity of the brush slightly …

… and paint some leaves.

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Step #14: Find some PhotoShop Brushes ~

Download this brush …

  •   Complete Tree Brush Pack from Brusheezy

If these don't work, just search for Photoshop watercolor brushes …


Open Photoshop and press the letter "B" on the keyboard to quickly select the Brush tool, or select it from the Tools palette.

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Click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …

… click on the little image in the upper right and click on Load Brushes.

Find where your new brushes downloaded and install them …

downloads brush


Step #15: Find your brushes ~

Find the brushes you installed and pick a tree brush …

 

Step #16: Lower the Size of the Brush ~

Lower the size of the brush …

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Step #17: Lower the Opacity ~

Lower the Opacity of the brush a little:


Step #18: Choose your Colors ~

Go to: Window > Swatches and choose your colors.

swatches-ps.png

Otherwise, pick a color of your choosing …


Step #19: Begin Painting ~

Start placing single brush strokes across the page.


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as a .psd file [ your_name.psd]

Attach it & continue working …


Other Resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNKOt1MwDoU