PixelPerfect #98: Feel at Peace with a Pastoral Scene

Posted in Graphics, Podcasts on December 18, 2008

This week, Bert, the Bob Ross of the Digital Age, creates a soothing pastoral scene using Photoshop.

Bert first creates a body of water by filling a layer with blue, using the Render>Fibers filter to create waves and then adjusts the size with Transform>Distort. Bert then adds a gradient on top in a new layer, clips it, and then adjusts the opacity.

To create the banks on the side, Bert simply uses a brush and adds texture with the Texture>Texturizer filter and dodge/burn tool.

To make the leaves on the tree, Bert creates a unique brush stroke (define brush/brush engine). He then adds texture to the tree with the bevel/emboss layer style and texture>craquelure filter. Bert adds dimension to the tree by using different colors for the leaves.

For the reflection in the water, Bert simply merges the layers of the tree and merges the layers of the bank, copies, rotates, adds a motion blur filter and adjusts the opacity in the water.

Bert adds mountains in the background by first creating the shape with the pen tool and filling it in with a gradient. Bert also creates the sky using the gradient tool.

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