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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Painting happy little trees: Deke's Techniques

Painting happy little trees

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As Deke notes, one of the most obscure features in Adobe Photoshop CC, the 14.2 update specifically, is its ability to automatically generate trees. But it’s actually quite cool. You can make trees of all shapes, sizes, colors, and species. In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows how to fill a basic background with “happy little trees” with the new Tree pattern.

Along the way, he’ll share a shortcut to this fabulous feature (accessible through the Fill dialog) and show how to adjust all the controls inside the Tree dialog box. He dials in a custom foliage color, rearranges the limbs, randomizes a tree’s appearance, and scales the trees individually within the artwork.

Members of the library can watch the follow-up video where Deke transforms this flat forest into a rich, lustrous work of art with shadow, light, and translucency—the latter accomplished via blend modes. Then next Tuesday, he’ll show you how to upsample a tiny image, in a spin on the technique he showed you just last week in Photoshop CC. He’ll show you how to accomplish the same thing in Photoshop CS6 and earlier versions of the software. Stay tuned!

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