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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.
- It's December and it's cold outside. Look out your window and most of you are probably seeing snow. Well, that's what we're gonna do today. We're gonna create a nice little snowy scene. We're gonna use one of the features. that are new to Photoshop. It's a little thing called trees. I'm gonna create a new layer here, and I'm gonna call it Tree. This feature when it first appeared, it was kinda hidden under Patterns, but right now it's where it should be, under Filter, under Render, and there it is, Tree.
I'll click on Tree, and wait for the window to pop up, and here it is, there's our window. You can see that we have trees, many different kinds of trees. Now it's looking at the last tree that I chose. I could go in here and pick any one of these trees here. This, whatever that is, a Fraxinus Griffithii, whatever, but I'm gonna go ahead with one that's gonna really feel like a nice winter scene. I'm gonna go in here and choose a pine tree. There's our pine tree. Now I could control the amount of leaves, take and bring it down so there's very few, bring it down so there's none.
But I'm gonna give it some leaves. I want some leaves there on our tree. Right now, the default leaves, I have clicked that off so I can pick the type of leaves that I want which in this particular case I want little needles like those. There we see that we have that. When I click OK, it's gonna go in there and create our little tree. There's our tree. I'm gonna put it into position right about there where I want it. Now, in the background I'm gonna create a nice color for our sky. I'm gonna choose a nice kind of a light blue like that, and for the background color I'll pick a much deeper blue about like that maybe.
There we go. That's a good color. Then with my gradient tool with a linear gradient, I'm gonna go from the light to the dark just like that. Now we have our little background, our little sky. Then in the layer right in back here right on top of the background, I'm gonna create the snow. We'll go ahead and call this Snow. I'm gonna choose white, and what I'm going to do is I'm gonna take my brush and let's just pick a nice hard-edged brush just like that, and I'm just gonna go in here and start to paint my snow.
It's just a little bumpy snow like that, and it's gonna go up like that. There we go. That is our snow. Now, I'm gonna pick up a blue. Let's pick up this blue here, but make it a little lighter just so we have a little hint of blue right there. What I'm going to do is right on top of it I'm gonna call this the Tones. We'll just call it Tones, and I'm gonna get a softer brush. I'm gonna make sure that it's a hard or rather that spacing is brought down a little bit so it's a little more of a solid.
We'll get all of those little bumps like we see at the edges which we wanted. But now what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna throw a couple of little tones. We'll throw a little tone right in here, and maybe a little one here, and a smaller one there. Then we're going to do it right around the tree itself, right in here like that. Now, I'm gonna take my smudge tool, and I'm just gonna kinda move these guys around so they start to take some shape. We start to see that they're kinda like little shadows that are forming on the edges of the snow.
We're just kind of moving these around using the smudge tool. And then this guy, we'll just kind of move him up, get a little bead going through there, push this white into there, and bring this over into here so we start getting these nice little tones. I'm gonna push this guy over some more just so we start getting these nice little things going through there like that. See, so now we got these little blue highlights all through that area. Now, the tree itself, we need to get that little area down there so what I'm going to do is I'm gonna take my eraser and I'm just gonna kind of cut it off right into that area there.
So we've got our tree, and I'm just gonna go in there and just kind of make it look like it is, in fact, in the snow. What I'm going to do is I'm gonna darken that little blue tones, those blue tones right in there. Let's just set this up to highlights 'cause they're really light, and it's just gonna add a little more, a little shadow right through that area there like that, and then smear it out, just smear that out just so that we start to get a little more of a shadow into that little area right there. There we can see where we're starting to get our nice little feel. Now, what we're going to do is on top of this, I'm gonna go with white again, and with my paintbrush, I'm gonna go in here and let's lower the size a little bit and bring that hardness back up.
What I'm going to do is I'm gonna start to draw little tiny little shapes all through here which is gonna be little mounds of snow that have been caught on the branches. I'm gonna just kind of follow the branches and create all of these little chunks of snow that are resting on these branches. I'm just gonna draw a whole bunch of these little guys, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller, just so we get nice little chunks all through here just like this. Now, they're not looking much like snow yet, but they will in a minute.
And just like we did with the little shadows down below, I'm gonna take my smudge tool, and I'm gonna start to smooth these guys around just so that they start to kind of fill up in these areas here. Just so that they start to get the feel that they are in fact just kinda resting on these branches, little mounds of snow that have just built up on all the branches. I'm gonna kinda just move these guys around. I'm just smearing them back and forth, just giving a little push here and there just so that we start to get this little sense of little chunks of snow.
All right, there we go. And we're just kind of playing with all of these guys, just moving them around. I'm gonna move them all, just kinda quickly pushing 'em around. You see it's not being very careful with it. I'm just kinda pushing them, getting them all over the place, just pushing 'em around to get all these nice shapes. Now once we have all those in place, there we go, let's finish these guys off here.
All right, so now what we're going to do, and let's just give that one a little touch in there, there we go, and we'll smear that around. So now that we have what we're going to do is we're going to go in there and give that a little inner shadow, gonna give it a little inner shadow. So we'll go into Inner Shadow. We just gotta give this shadow, and gonna put that light coming down from below. I'm gonna change that color to say this blue right here. See? There we pick up that nice little blue right along that edge in there. And we could probably set this up to normal so we get these nice little blue tones in there, and increase the opacity a bit, and there you can see that I get all that nice little blue stuff happening through our little chunks of snow.
Then for the final touch, we're gonna create one more layer, and we're just gonna go ahead and fill it with white, and we're gonna give it some noise. Add noise, a whole lot of noise, make it a lot. Monochromatic, that's good. Then we're gonna give that a little bit of a blur, just a little blur more just to soften it up. Now that we have all those additional grays, we're gonna go in there and give this a little adjustment, a little levels. If you remember the very first pixel playground that had falling snow, well, that's basically what I'm gonna create now.
I'm just gonna kinda bring this all in, all real close like that, and I'm gonna give it another little blur more just to soften those up. I'm gonna put that layer in screen mode so now we have the falling snow. There you see that we have this nice little winter scene with a little tree with snow on top of it, and I'm gonna go put on a jacket. See ya later.
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