Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating custom trees, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] There are an infinite number of possibilities when making trees in Photoshop. Let's take a look at this file so we can see what some of the different possibilities are. Not only can we change the type of tree, we can also change the branch height as well as create a custom color for our tree. We can change the amount of leaves as well as the size of the leaves and we can change the different types of leaves. We can apply a flatter shading to our trees in case we want it to look a little bit more illustrative and we can randomize the shape of every tree that we create.
So let's start by creating a new document. I'll click in the photo category and then choose landscape four by six but I want to open it with a black background so I'll change the background contents to black and choose create. Now in order to create the tree on its own layer, at the bottom of the layers panel, I'll click on the new layer icon. Then, I'll choose filter, render, tree. There's a basic and an advanced tab. Under the basic tab, we have a number of different tree types that we can select from.
I'm going to choose the cherry blossom. We can change the light direction. We can also change the amount of leaves, giving it a fuller look or maybe a little bit more sparse. We can change the size of the leaves. We can change the branch height and we can change the branch thickness. I'm going to go ahead and increase the leaves amount a little bit more. If I uncheck default leaves, then I can choose from all of these different kinds of leaves.
For now I'll leave default leaves set on and if I want to randomize the shape of the tree, I can move the arrangement slider, and every time I move the slider, we get a different shape tree. Moving to the advanced area, we can change the camera tilt. If I move it all the way to the right, now we're looking down on the tree a little bit. I'll leave it set to the left. We can change the color of the leaves as well as the branches.
If I want to change the color, all I need to do is click in the color swatch and then choose from the color picker. For now, I'm going to toggle both of those off. I prefer the pink color for the cherry blossom. We have options for flat shading not only for the leaves, but also for the branches. When I enable both of these, my tree gets a much more illustrative look. When I toggle them off, I can choose to enhance contrast which will give me a little bit more definition in the tree. I can also choose to lock the rotation if I want all the leaves going in the same direction.
When I click OK, Photoshop will render that tree for me and place it on its own layer. As you can see, it's just that easy to create a completely custom tree in Photoshop. If you're interested in learning how to render flames, be sure to watch the Adding Flames to a Photograph video in my Photoshop Essential Training for Photographers.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images