Landscape design

This is a tutorial where I will paint some landscape along with structures image. For this one I will use my good old, out of

production Wacom Graphire 4. So for the users who have no tablet will be difficult to paint this, but I do know people who

spend weeks painting really master pieces with a mouse.



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So let’s go:
I’ve taken a document with 1024×700 sides.


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Every artist does the thing differently, but the more ways to realize a painting you will know – the better and easier it

will be only for you. I often start from grayscale sketch and then drop the colors – I think you can value the tones better

this way. But now I will start with colors. Use basic dry media PS standard brush.


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Very roughly – just to define the colors and maybe some shape areas:


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Colors bring life and mood to picture – so do try some to define the better color variation.


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So the background tone is ready – I would like to paint over some foreground elements. Do it with a basic 1px – 3px brush!


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Os this is some king of a warehouse here.
To separate it from background (ground) use lighter colors to paint the ground with.


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Begin to detail some elements:


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Try to use different colors for smallest details- the colors that have most contrast. Well actually this going intuitive.


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Soft brush is great for lighting.


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Refining the picture (the brush gets smaller and smaller).

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Flipping the image – specially when you’re dealing with environments, I a great thing to do during your process. The eye gets

used to what you’re [painting. Moreover you really get to see all the mistakes you did. So just flip it several times and

look at it for couple of seconds.


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I’ve also did handle my background too, using only 2 tones basically – the blue and the pink.


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Now it is time to adjust the colors – I really can’t imagine working without color adjustments.
Create a new layer and drop a gradient on it. The gradient top color is something like image background.  Click to find out the best layer blending mode


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Create another gradient along with a new layer.
For this one: color burn I think is the best,


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The same thing with the lower part – the same technique was used there.


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A little bit of color adjustments:


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And this is basically it. This is hard to explain by words- you should always find the perfect value definition. Like in this

part of the image:


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Try not to spoil such details. See you next time.



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