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Offline Enumclaw

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« on: June 20, 2005, 01:35:33 pm »
Hey all, I was wondering if anyone had any experience painting a large number of trees for background purposes. What I mean is like a sky view of the canopy. I've messed around with the different tools and stuff but they never end up looking like trees, it always ends up looking like a swamp, or grass or somthing.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2005, 02:56:05 pm »
I've personally never drawn a big load of trees from that vantage. But I know that if I had to do something of the sort for a project, I'd first look for reference photos. I always do this when I'm trying to draw something I'm not completely familiar with.
I tried www.google.com image search, and typed in the word "forest." A few I came up with in a minute or so:

African forest

Amazon forest

pine forest

a few images of a spruce forest

As you might see from these, some of the forests really do look like grass or weeds or a thick lumpy carpet. Depends on your painting technique how these will appear in your image.
One thing I would try is painting the background section of your forest black, and then come in with areas of dark green. Slowly build up highlights until you have a middle green in the foreground.

Also, remember that as a landscape receeds into the distance, the contrast and detail go down. That means that the most distant parts of your forest might be a muddy green-grey, a bit foggy but almost smooth and featureless. The trees in the foreground will be more sharp and defined. Check the references above, and you should be able to see that.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2005, 11:49:40 pm »
Not PS related, but if there's a similar plugin...

http://www.tigert.com/gimp/ifs-compose/

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2005, 05:02:33 am »
What l do is take a photo of the background l want use and use that as the background layer then l use the watercolor plugin and adjust to suit  and shade and highlight the trees for better effect.You can get a complex forest done quick and easy edit the photo needs to be high dpi



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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2005, 08:53:43 am »
You mean like this?  

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For the leaves, I create filter clouds, then airbrush a few extra colors in there, then play around with filters until I get something I like... particularly platter and gaussain blur.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2005, 06:35:37 pm »
Thank you all. Your comments have actually helped quite a bit. Wendells idea with the black background actually works quite well.  '<img'>

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2005, 11:39:01 pm »
Glad I could help. Please, do share samples... as you're working on the project, as you've finished it, or both. I'm curious about your technique.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2005, 02:03:46 am »
Da Pic

The trees aren't perfect, but they are better than what they were llike before. I used a black background, then tured the airbrush to about 50% flow, and made bubbles of dark green, and worked up with lighter shades, then I ran the blend tool over the whole thing, and finished off with a final light highlight.