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Scenic Background Tutorial by MissAisling Scenic Background Tutorial by MissAisling
Edit: Sorry about all the typos and spelling errors. Lern2Proofread *facepalm* But I'm too lazy to redo it so.... yeah, sorry xD
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This tutorial is about the making of:
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I'm sorry it's so big too >.< But I wanted to be thorough. I will also answer any questions on it. Also please bear in mind this is aimed more towards beginners and intermediate painters. The idea is to create natural effects in a way that is easy to grasp for those who are just learning. Hopefully this will also familiarise people with features of photoshop that they maybe didn't think to use before.

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HOW TO MAKE BRUSHES IN PHOTOSHOP
First open a new image no smaller than 1000x1000 pixels on a transparent background.
Draw in what you want your brush to be. Try to make it as big as possible, since it's better to scale down than up.
Now grab the Lasso tool and select the area around your brush-to-be.

Next got to:
Edit > Define Brush preset...
You will be prompted to name your Brush. Give it a name you can easily recognise.

Now you will be able to select it from your palette. If you wish to permanently save it go to the brush palette and click the arrow on the top right corner and choocse 'Save brushes...'.
NOTE: This saves the SET. So if you ONLY want one brush in that set you will have to edit and remove the other ones currently loaded into the palette. This wont erase them permanently don't worry. You can still reload them from their own file. Just make sure you do NOT overwrite any existing brush sets when you save.

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Well hope I didn't forget to mention anything haha xD

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:iconrandom-drawer-person:
random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really useful! Thanks!
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MissApiphany Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So simple! This is SUPER useful. Thank you for sharing your ways! <3
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Divert-S Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I wish I found this tutorial a lot sooner. :XD: Its very simply explained, thank goodness. :') I can't understand half of what other tutorials say. Anywho, thanks so much for making this!
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Ryn-Ishtar Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thank you very much for posting this for everyone to use. It helped with a background on a picture that I couldn't quite get right. The directions were very clear and easy to follow-through with. Thank you again for this wonderful tutorial and I look forward to seeing more.
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MissAisling Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm really glad you found it useful :)
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WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's okay, I think. So long as I get the jist I'll take a good tutorial.
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AmericanaCelta Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you thank you!!! This I helpful even for those of us who don't have photoshop! I was in a drawing rut, but now I'm out!!! I now now how to proceed with my drawing!
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HeikeART Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for an easy to follow tutorial, trees is... well not my strong side :p hehe.
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Kissingwithjohn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I credited you on what I made here :D
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That looks great, well done. :)
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing tutorial! :D Thanks!
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DarkJade101 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found your tutorial very helpful! I still have a long way to go to make my art looking anywhere near as nice as what you've done, but practice makes perfect!
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, I'm really glad you found it helpful :) With practice you'll find techniques that work the best for you, mine are just a stepping stone. ^^
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DarkJade101 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well considering how I used to do scenery years ago...[link] to what I'm doing now because of you tutorial I think I've come a very long way already! But you're tutorial really did help me so much! Thanks again for making it!
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Kantola Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This was so helpful :D
What I have learned: Draw backgrounds from the back to the front (Hence BACKgrounds!)
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:iconfoedus:
Foedus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do believe that this will help me TREMENDOUSLY! I have so much trouble with backgrounds x3.
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad :) I hope it does help!
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Renasci-Anima Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial made me realize a lot of things and some things I never thought of using them for stuff like these. Thank you very much!
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Streakerz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
wow! huge!
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DesertdustSariah Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Hey great tutorial!That will help me a lot!I think...I'm not very good at backgrounds ^^'
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jiejen237 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Thank you for making this tutorial, this really helps me a lot.
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:iconmissaisling:
MissAisling Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :)
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amouse-withasadtale Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This helped me so much its amazing
only one problem with the brush tutorial though
it wouldn't let me "define brush preset" is it just my computer or am I doing something wrong? I think I followed all the steps corectly
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's odd, I don't know of any reason it won't let you do that. What version are you using?

And thanks, I'm glad you found it useful. :)
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amouse-withasadtale Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
yeah its probobly my computer.im using adobe photoshop cs
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Xeohe Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woow.. that's amazing! :D You're awesome! XD It looked so simple yet it ended up, like.. epic!

Sorry, didn't make much sense ^^;
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful ! :)
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LogoVogo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing this very informative and helpful tutorial. I am looking forward to put this into practise :)
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:iconmissaisling:
MissAisling Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, hope you find it useful :)
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LogoVogo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :D I sure will ;)
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LogoVogo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been linked.
My deviation is far away from perfect and
I need a lot of practise to create such wonderful ones as you have,
but still I hope you like it :blush:
[link]
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MyEternalNight Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
WOW!! so helpful! thank you!
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:iconmissaisling:
MissAisling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful :]
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AlisaTheArtiste Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING! However I know you didn't do this but if you were to just create a background without any subjects in it, the horizon line would look good either pretty low or pretty high but not in the middle C;
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I have to say I dont agree. When the horizon line is too low, it creates a lack of depth and overall flat perspective. A high horizon line suggests that the viewer is at a height to the ground, which also distorts perspective.

Think of it as if you are standing looking at the horizon. It will always be closest to the center of your vision. :)

But I do get where you are coming from, you can move it around a little, but from my experience too much just never looks right.
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AlisaTheArtiste Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmph yes I get what you mean and it's true but from what I once learned somewhere, a background shows either a lot about the sky or about the ground

But Idk, half my opinion
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Hitomi97 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this tutorial!!! i only had one problem... the trees...
but i dont mind! lol
you did a grat job!!!! thank you! <3
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful. :) And honestly, trees are one of the trickiest things to learn to draw naturally. I tried to come up with a simplified way that people who are learning could do, but in the end it's always better to develop your own way of doing it too. :)
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Hitomi97 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree ^^
i can draw them on paper, but i'm still new to digital drawing. if you see my gallery, you'll notice that my drawings on paper are WAY better, but i think that's normal, anyway :)
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Hitomi97 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for this tutorial!!! i only had one problem... the trees...
but i dont mind! lol
you did a grat job!!!! thank you! <3
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Hitomi97 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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PeteyXkid Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WOW !! thanks for the tutorial !!! It really helped on doing natural work , But most of my work is profiles and pokemons XD
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :)
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PeteyXkid Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
R u kidding why would I like that thing ... I LOVE IT !!!!
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Sonikku0691 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very good tutorial~ :D
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:iconmissaisling:
MissAisling Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Sonikku0691 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob =3
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Makayla2057 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
how do u get the gradiant editor to open?
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MissAisling Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
When you select the gradient tool, look at the toolbar at the top of the page (undes File Edit etc) There should be a little ijmage of the current gradient. Click on it and you can set the colours and sharpness you want :)
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Makayla2057 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
ya but u had special settings that i need the window open and i dont know how to
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