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  05 May 2005

How on earth do you paint a tree with good looking leaves in Photoshop?
I am so lost! I cant find any tutorials on this either :( Any help is much appriciated!
  05 May 2005
Your question is best answered by observing what you want to paint. Go and look at different types of trees and leaves. Walk around and study their structure. Look at how the leaves are at different angles, or cluster together in little groups, or reflect the light differently due to their angles, or how there's color variation between them, or how light shines through some of them, or some leaves/branches cast shadows on other leaves/branches. Take some photos to help you remember them.

How to paint in Photoshop is another question altogether. If you can paint, then you can paint in any software or traditional medium. But the key is, you have to know both how to paint and know what leaves actually look like in order to do what you are asking. Knowing how to paint comes from knowing how to apply paint with appropraite brushes--and that usually means using larger brushes to block in basic shapes first, then using smaller brushes to add detail. But how to apply paint alone won't do it, unless you have a good understanding of values, color, edges..etc. Look in the Art Theory & Tutorial Links sticky thread for all that stuff.
  05 May 2005
Don't try to paint every single leaf, My god that would be nuts. Mass, think in terms of mass and form and paint *that*. Then just suggest the details.

I have a hard time not seeing trees as having great hands waving at me. Arms raised to the sky. Trees are spiritual beings and the Nightwalker moves among them, you know that, right?
Silly rabbit, tripping is for teenagers, murder is for muderers and hard drugs are for bartenders. -- The Hold Steady
  05 May 2005
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