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    Painting Photorealistic Leaves?

    Painting Photorealistic Leaves?
    This is as close as I've been able to get so far. How do I make this mass look like it's made of leaves? It's supposed to be a bush or tree. I'm pretty new to painting in PS and can't figure out how to do textures like leaves. I also tried drawing each leaf individually, but it looked bad and I deleted the layer. Doing it that way would have taken a really long time, too.

    Any help appreciated.

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    perhaps make the individual leaves, or at least little bushels of them.

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    I don't know if this will help, but I actually emulate bob Ross a lot of times when painting trees or leaves, or greenery.

    Are you going for high-detail upclose view, or the view from the distance?

    I usually try to use colors and brushes with some texturing (like splatter) to them, to give them feathering off effect. Layer the colors to indicate the the light and shadows, then go with bolder, darker colors, smaller brush with more splatter texture to make it looks like a lot of leaves.

    Gosh, its hard to explain, hope this makes sense.

    Or you might want to check out various artists - see how they work around to make something look like a leaf, without having to draw each leave. that's just unrealistic is you are painting a lot of trees at a distance.

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You could use some brushes with less flow, to make it looks abit more detailed..
I dont know how to explain it, but yeah, try to experiment with the default brush set from Adobe wich you already have in photoshop

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    Quick possible tip:


    Use a simple textured brush ( self made if possible) and try out the "scattering" brush option, make sure to control the scatter with the pen´s pressure ( usign that option from the scattering sub menu) and render away

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    Your problem isn't in your brush. It's in your understanding.
    Go outside and really look at trees. Notice how a maple is different than an oak, than a beach, than a poplar, than a fir, etc. and how they are the same. Squint and see what comes through when you eliminate detail.
    Then find every drawing and painting of trees you can. See how different artists have taken that same information available to you and interpreted it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Your problem isn't in your brush. It's in your understanding.
    Go outside and really look at trees. Notice how a maple is different than an oak, than a beach, than a poplar, than a fir, etc. and how they are the same. Squint and see what comes through when you eliminate detail.
    Then find every drawing and painting of trees you can. See how different artists have taken that same information available to you and interpreted it.
    I have to agree with you there, but not fully... Also you have to have an understanding for tools in photoshop. How to use them and apply them. different opticitys, and brush options textures etc. What, does what, expermentation with the brushes and creating brushes. The main one would be are you able to draw these trees or bushes with a pencil? If not then there you go.. Go out side and start DRAWING like mad. Lots of life drawing, an observation will do the trick. Good luck mate...

    seth

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    LEAF BRUSH!!!!!!!!!!


    lol

    currently playing: Kuhlau, Bach, Beethoven
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    Mr.point.. But heres the thing you can use leaf brush as a short cut to creating trees, bushes, leafs, etc.. You still need to have an understanding of form, lighting etc to make it look realistic. Looking at lukes painting he lacks the knowledge to put togeather a painting of bushes. Brushes will only take you so far.

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    you need to set up a light source and just put layer by layer, don't expect that the first brush stripe you use will be the right one,lay a RANDOM basecoat of green and then start adding light spots and darker spots,until ur image is finished

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    you can also try layering them and changing the opacity of the layers... that can also add a more fuller dimension to your leaves...

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    Seth1: dude. it was a joke (I hope you noticed the little ''lol'' part).
    leaf brush is as useful as lensflare. people should't rely on brushes that are just a shortcut.

    currently playing: Kuhlau, Bach, Beethoven
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