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Complex Grass

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This is a tutorial on making complex grass, as requested by jerkfight in the Pictorium.

It is based on a Photoshop tutorial I found. [link]

Though I tried to write it out as simply as possible, this is still a time consuming tutorial (due to all the duplicating and details required).

Ash has written another tutorial that can give similar (maybe even better) results with less effort.

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Required Plugins

None!

Outrageously Useful Plugins

Waves - Madjik

Mirror/Rotate - Toli

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You start off by drawing a circle. I chose gray because it's easier to get different colors out of it later.

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Now take the elliptical selection tool and leave a small sliver.

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Delete the selection. Then erase a little bit off the bottom so it's flat.

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Use Waves (or any other effect) to tweak the shape to your liking. This part can be very tricky to get right and there's no sure-fire way to do it. Just keep playing until it's a slim curve. I chose Waves because it comes pretty close. But there are a dozen other distort effects that can do the job too.

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Color the blade however you see fit.

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Now begins the long part... Duplicate the grass layer a few times. On each, rotate, stretch, and/or move the blades around. Try and get a decent spread.

On parts where the grass overlaps, create a layer UNDER the top blade, take out your paintbrush (size 3) and draw small black specks where there would be a small shadow from overlapping. Then gaussian blur the layer at 4 px.

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Lower the opacity of your shadow layer to 120.

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Stay with the same shading 'rules' for the rest of this part. Be sure to recolor every few blades or so.

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Every few blades, be sure to use the Mirror/Rotate plugin to flip the grass so it's not all one direction.

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After doing this process for about 15 or so blades (remember to keep shading!), you should have a healthy clump going.

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Go ahead and hide the background layer, flatten, then start the process over again. But with the whole clump this time.

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Keep doing that until you've got an even bigger clump.

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Hide the background and flatten again. By now you've got a large enough clump to fill a screen without much effort.

Just remember to flip the duplicated layer every now and then and you'll have it done in no time.

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That's it! You're done! Here's what I made after some color adjustments.


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My example isn't quite like the Photoshop version... but to be fair, the author is a professional artist who spent a fair amount of time on his grass (and is also armed with a more powerful software... >_>), and I'm just some guy. ;)

Besides! How can I compete with this!? :shock:

Have fun Paint.NETting! :D

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The super fast way of making grass is:

Fill an area with green.

Add noise:


  • [*:2twrk1pa]Intensity - 100
    [*:2twrk1pa]Saturation - 0
    [*:2twrk1pa]Coverage - 100

Then motion blur at 90 degrees (uncentered) at your preferred distance.

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Very nice tut, accept a bit long..

But the result is nice, I'll start making one..

IMO, they SHOULD be long. A lot of tutorials are WAY too short. :-)

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Yes, it really is (complex :)

Could you pls make this clear for me? When you say

"On parts where the grass overlaps, create a layer UNDER the top blade, take out your paintbrush (size 3) and draw small black specks where there would be a small shadow from overlapping. Then gaussian blur the layer at 4 px."

Where am I supposed to put this "shadow" layer? Just under the first layer starting from the top? I wish I could do this tut but I am presently stucked with this :roll:

Thanks for your help

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Once you have your grass placed and you have a part where the top blade overlaps one below it. Create a new layer and move it to just one level underneath the blade on top. Then draw your 'shadow dots'. Hmm... It's sort of hard to explain. So I did a short clip up to that point. :)

th_clip0050.jpg

I'll edit this into the first post too.

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Once you have your grass placed and you have a part where the top blade overlaps one below it. Create a new layer and move it to just one level underneath the blade on top. Then draw your 'shadow dots'. Hmm... It's sort of hard to explain. So I did a short clip up to that point.

Wow! A step by step video tut! Lol, thanks! If I am not able to make it after this, think I am going to hide myself somewhere for a looong looong time :wink:

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ok, Done it!

Thanks Wither! may be may attempt is not that good but I like the idea of little furry animals'eyes peeking from the grass :)

animalettinellerba.jpg

p.s.: Ahem.....perhaps should I have to go and hide for a while?

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It is, technically. Except the clone stamp doesn't do anything with transparency, and there's a lot of transparent edges in the grass. Going back to reset the stamp's origin point to maintain realism would probably take you a little longer then just duplicating the layers. If you have a large area you want to fill, get a large cluster and just start building up.

For example, use a single cluster of grass and keep copying until you've got a bigger cluster (about 5-6 of the original), then use that enlarged selection to fill a bigger area. Just keep doing that until you've got a grass selection that won't take too long to fill a very large area.

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It is, technically. Except the clone stamp doesn't do anything with transparency, and there's a lot of transparent edges in the grass. Going back to reset the stamp's origin point to maintain realism would probably take you a little longer then just duplicating the layers. If you have a large area you want to fill, get a large cluster and just start building up.

For example, use a single cluster of grass and keep copying until you've got a bigger cluster (about 5-6 of the original), then use that enlarged selection to fill a bigger area. Just keep doing that until you've got a grass selection that won't take too long to fill a very large area.

I see. Thanks for explaining. Well hopefully when i get more time i can finally try this. If you also remember Ash's Fur Tut. I achieved a similar effect with it and i would like to compare them soon. This tutorial is amazing, but one of the links are broken.

EDIT: Never mind the last two comments... I notice you link to his tut, and the link works now.

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