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Making 'Grass' into 'Lush Grass' By ChrisPperson of Paint.NET

Difficulty Level:

2.5/10.0

Plugins Needed:

None!

Other Needed Things:

A picture with grass, and having sky in the picture may be nice to get a cool effect.

Before:

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After:

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Step One: :MagicWandTool: Use the Magic Wand tool to select the sky area of the picture. I set my tolerance level to the following to select the whole sky in the picture (This part is incredibly important! Do not mess this up!)

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And then selected the sky so that it would look like this:

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Step Two: :GaussianBlur: Next, use the Gaussian Blur filter on the selected sky area. The radius of the Gaussian Blur should be "145". This creates a very nice effect in the sky for later. Here is what it should look like (But do NOT deselect the sky! I just deselected it so you could see the full effect!):

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Step Three: :InvertSelection: After that, you will invert your selection, and select the grassy area. While doing this, you will then use the :BrightnessContrast: Brightness/Contrast effect. The settings will be adjusted to Brightness at -45, and Contrast at 0. This will make it very lush, but also very dark, which is what we will be fixing in just a minute.

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Step Four: :Glow: You will then apply a glow to the selected area. The properties should be Radius at 1, Brightness at -45, and Contrast at -15. This will make the previously 'Dry' grass now feel moist and lush! Here is a picture of my finished product (And the best part is- I have tried this 5 times and they all look exactly the same!)

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Explanation of Gaussian Blur on the sky: It was supposed to make a 'It has rained' kind of feel to the picture (If you don't see it, then you should notice it a little if you look real closely). That way, your field will look and feel like a moist, lush, grassy area! Also, if you think that the outcome is too blurry, just sharpen it, or use any other method to un-blur it. I hope you liked the tutorial, it was really simple :)

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You have to admit that the plugin made a much better job of the sky, and it's much faster. I think you'll have a more realistic outcome if you tone down the 'grass' when using the plugin.

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This thread:

Please ask any following questions in that thread, or this one: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/14845-custombrushesmini-v21/

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