Painted Leaves

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by beaucamera, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. This montage is another experiment with custom brushes.
    It started from a simple leaf, which had fallen on the road.
    I extracted the leaf from the background and made a custom brush from my cutout.

    I used layers to stack and position the leaves and then used a PS filter to add more definition.

    This is the result.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera

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  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    That is beautiful Virginia

    You making more brushies again:)))))))
     
  3. DABO

    DABO

    Jan 13, 2006
    Interesting method and result!

    Is there a difference between making a custom brush of a leaf and doing a copy/paste of the leaf (and then doing an edit/free transform)?

    DAB
     
  4. Robert

    Robert

    Jul 24, 2005
    Canada
    Very pretty Virginia!! It has a lovely airy feel...almost feathery.
     
  5. Very nice Virginia :smile::smile:
     
  6. Yes, Gale, I am.
    How about you?
    Feeling adventuresome yet?

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Virginia I have been up to my ears busy.
    Not chance to play.
    I'll give ya a hollar when I see you on skype:>))
     
  8. Yes, there is DAB.
    Custom brushes are pretty easy to make once you have a cutout.
    You don't cut and paste anything.

    All you have to do is open a layer in PS, grab the brush from the brushes palette and paint the same way you would any other brush. Tap once you get a single image or multiple copies if you drag it.

    In this example I had a background layer of white and then added transparent layers above it for each color. Using separate layers made it easy to move and transform the colors. You can use the color picker to select any color you want to paint with.

    To make a custom brush in PS, your image must be an 8-bit image less than 2500 pixels on a side. In edit menu you'll find an option called "Define Brush Preset". Select it and Voila you've created a new brush, which you can resize and manipulate as you wish.

    Why don't you give custom brushes a try?

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera

    Here's the image I started with. I thought the leaf had a pretty interesting form.

    81260501.

    and the finished product.
    81246275.
     
  9. Thanks, Robert and Mike.

    Yes, Robert the form of the leaf was pretty interesting to start with.
    That's why I selected it to make into a custom brush.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  10. DABO

    DABO

    Jan 13, 2006
    Thanks for the instructions, Virginia. I'm going to give it a try.

    It looks to me like this may be two means to the same end, but I"m sure there are benefits and drawbacks to each. Making and using a brush is probably much easier to quickly place multiple objects where you want them. Cutting and pasting is probably quicker (I would think) for creating a new layer for each object and then manipulating that object.

    The problem usually is, in cases like this, that I don't even know what I don't know....

    DAB
     
  11. DAB, remember that when you paint with a brush you'll be using a single color.

    When you use a cutout, you'll have full color information to work with so you'll get different results.

    Otherwise, you can still do pretty much any kind of manipulation you wish.

    I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with!
    All the best.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  12. RayGuselli

    RayGuselli

    Oct 18, 2005
    Hi Virginia

    This is great - I really like this a lot....

    Now....how about a tutorial...making brushes.....PLEASE!!!!!:wink:

    Best wishes

    Ray
     

  13. Great idea, Ray.
    I think most of what I'd put in a tutorial is already here.
    I might add more about backgrounds and brushes.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  14. Zachs

    Zachs

    884
    Feb 25, 2006
    NC
    Thank you so much for that VERY easy tutorial. I just had a blast with this :)

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  15. Congrats, Zach!
    WTG!

    I'm glad you're having fun with this.
    If you did this on multiple layers, it might be fun to flip the figures towards each or possible rotate them.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  16. Zachs

    Zachs

    884
    Feb 25, 2006
    NC
    Tons of layers, and I thought of that myself after I saved it. I'm too lazy to fix something I did for fun though :)

    I'm at work...i should be WORKING! lol
     
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