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11 November 2005, 12:34 AM
Hi, this is my first real painting in Photoshop CS2,

If you have any tips, I would love to hear them.

Painting: Untitled
Program: Photoshop CS2

Heres the Initial sketch/starting of painting:

11 November 2005, 12:36 AM
Started adding more detail. And Sharpening/Outlining the edges.

O and one thing, does any body know how to make realist looking trees like from far away.

Crits And Comments Welcome!

Heres the Update:
Image size: 1280X1024 Wallpaper Size. Im hoping to make this a nice wallpaper after.
Size mistake: sorry it was resized to allow u guys to view quicker! my mistake!

11 November 2005, 12:52 AM
Won't comment on technique here, I barely know how I make my own work :)

The colours are not bad, though for my feeling the green is way too green. Also, with sunset (as it looks like sunset) I'd love to see much stronger contrasts between what's facing you and what you see at an angle (for instance, you could make the grass quite beautiful, in my eyes that is, by making most of the lower bit darker green with blueish tints (no sun; only sky) and keep one edge where the grass is still illuminated by the sun very bright. You did that for a bit, but it could be done stronger, I think.

Looking at it again the bright white line thing looks like this insanely huge white marble statue. That'd make an interesting scene.

At any rate, that's my first thoughts, you'd really have to make the scene far more complicated to make something desktop worthy, though every step is a step :)

11 November 2005, 02:20 AM
Nice start!

In terms of color schemes, check out this artist:

I just posted this link on audit's thread too, but I think it's applicable here as well.

I think what the sky lacks is color. Though it may be a blazingly hot day, there should still be some color in the sky, even if that's not what the photo shows, or what is in your mind. You really have to exxaggerate color in pieces / get colors to play off of one another. I think if you started to play a bit with blending modes in Photoshop, it might also help to do a little color experimentation.

Cheers, :)


11 November 2005, 04:53 AM
Thanks guys for the replys.

Well i do agree Rebecca K that the sky does need more color. And i will do that the soon as i can. And thanks parrot for your comments, I belive that the bluish tint on the grass would do some good as same with many other things that i still need to do. But remember it may not be desktop worthy now. But im still not near finished, its only about 12-16% done, Well ill keep updating and we will see how this turns out.


11 November 2005, 12:16 AM
Another Small update. Still no where near completion. But looking a lil more realistic/detailed on the left side,

12 December 2005, 08:14 PM
Im a lil stuck, anyone know a good way or a good brush to make the side of a rocky cliff, im having a lil trouble adding detail to a cliff. Well thanks.

12 December 2005, 08:25 PM
Hi.The base of your work looks promising.
As for the rocky textures,take a look at Goro's Port Painting here:

12 December 2005, 09:00 PM
O and one thing, does any body know how to make realist looking trees like from far away.

It depends on how far away they are. There are several methods to paint realistic looking trees and which one to use depends on the distance of the trees.

Very far away:

Search for a reference photo of a tree (the texture is important, not the tree itself) and create a selection with the lasso tool roughly in the shape of a tree from the leafy part of the tree. Save your selection as a custom brush and paint away!

A little closer:

Pick a smallish round brush and play with the thickness, rotation and opacity. Set the brush to jitter (or scatter in Photoshop, I think). Paint a treeshape with this brush on a seperate layer and apply a Gaussian blur.
I did a quick paint to demonstrate the effect:

12 December 2005, 07:15 PM
Hey, heres another update. Sorry it took me so long, got sorta busy. And thanks for teh tree and rock help. Although Goros tree tut thing its nice but hes a master i try to do what he does and it doesent look good, but anyways i sorta got the hang of it now. After plenty of smudging and painting heres my result.


Another update will be posted soon,

C&C Welcome!...

12 December 2005, 08:50 PM
hey its looking good so far , I would say at this point you should mainly stick to your brushes and your eye dropper then as a final touch use your smudge , dodge and burn. Personally I always keep my left hand on the B and I buttons and keep going back and forth between the brush and eye dropper, helps a lot , and I am also wondering if you are using layers?

12 December 2005, 11:28 PM
Im not using too much layers, but i got about 14

12 December 2005, 02:35 PM
I'd suggest not to use the smudge tool. U can creat very nice effects without it. You can blend really nicely using the opacity settings for your tablet pen (if ur using a tablet) and just do what Matellis mentioned, using the eye dropper tool. Are you using a Tablet?

Nice work so far!

12 December 2005, 07:38 PM
Yes indeed, im using a Graphire4, ya i try to stick to the Eye dropper but the only problem is i dont really know how to make good quality stuff withouth the smudge, i made the mountains and the colors of the mountains with teh smudge tool. I still am having trouble making the rocky texture on the mountains, i tryed goros tutorial but when i make it, it looks awful. But yes i promise ill stick to the eye dropper. Ill probably have another update later on today or tommorow. Thanks Guys!

12 December 2005, 03:19 PM
Linda Bergkvist has tutorial on blending. perhaps you could try to adapt it?

you can find it here


12 December 2005, 03:42 AM
Thanks, that blending thing is pretty niffty! Well expect a update soon with some eye candy!

mmmmm. Candy!

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