Wither Posted December 21, 2007 Share Posted December 21, 2007 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it 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. --- Required Plugins None! Outrageously Useful Plugins Waves - Madjik Mirror/Rotate - Toli --- You start off by drawing a circle. I chose gray because it's easier to get different colors out of it later. Now take the elliptical selection tool and leave a small sliver. Delete the selection. Then erase a little bit off the bottom so it's flat. 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. Color the blade however you see fit. --- 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. Lower the opacity of your shadow layer to 120. Stay with the same shading 'rules' for the rest of this part. Be sure to recolor every few blades or so. Every few blades, be sure to use the Mirror/Rotate plugin to flip the grass so it's not all one direction. --- After doing this process for about 15 or so blades (remember to keep shading!), you should have a healthy clump going. Go ahead and hide the background layer, flatten, then start the process over again. But with the whole clump this time. Keep doing that until you've got an even bigger clump. 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. --- That's it! You're done! Here's what I made after some color adjustments. --- 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! --- Quote YouTube | Myspace | deviantART Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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