Introduction to Tree Brush Photoshop
Tree brush has unique properties that can be used for the painting of summer and winter trees. The idea is that the brushes are of equal length and are formed in a circular shape so that the paint pigment can be used as a dry brush technique or used with rather wet pigment washes to paint the summer tree. Be it in architectural layout or ad flyers, trees or a hint of trees create a great impact. Let’s dive in!
How to Create a Tree Brush?
Today we will show you how to make our own tree brush first. Then let’s try to look at an example where this is used commonly and becomes useful at a go.
Step 1: Try to locate and download some good quality HD pics of trees from the Internet. Also, make sure there are no copyright issues in those too.
Step 2: After opening Photoshop, Go to File and Open and open the picture of the tree in working space whose brush design is to be created. Right-click on the Background Layer and convert it into a normal layer so you can make changes in it without worry.
Step 3: Select the Magic Wand Tool as shown in the picture below. This will select all the white portion in the picture.
Step 4: Time to select the tree. While keeping this selection Go to Select and Inverse Selection.
Step 5: After clicking it you will see that only the tree is selected.
Step 6: Now let’s make our brush. Go to Edit and Define Brush Preset.
Step 7: Once you see a dialog box rename this shape of the brush as Tree brush 1. Hit OK. Viola our brush is created. Let’s test it.
Step 8: Go to Brush Tool.
Step 9: In the shape dialog box, you can see the latest shape of the tree that is created. Select that brush shape.
Step 10: Select the desired color from the color picker. I have selected green. In the properties bar select Opacity to 60% for now. You can change the size of the brush too and also flow type but for now, let’s test this.
Step 11: Just click wherever you wish on the canvas and you will see that the brush is sprayed in the shape of the tree that was edited.
Step 12: Many a time manual scattering of the tree shapes in architectural layouts or jungle creation designing can be tricky or may even look haywire. We can even adjust the number of trees, spacing between them, angle at which they will scatter, shape in which they will be scattered all in one command by using Brush preset in the Window menu. Go to Window then Brush Preset.
Step 13: Select the Brush column in the menu and you will see all the properties that we just discussed. I have just randomly played with the values for you to understand.
Step 14: For example, I tried Scattering values, then I changed the angle value etc.
- You can also experiment and practice as per your liking. Once you are comfortable with values and editing just drag the brush in the canvas to see the effects.
Examples to Use Tree Brush Photoshop
This first example is really simple one where I will try to show a collection of trees trying to depict a silhouette image of a cottage house in the sunset. This is a sample of how the trees are used in the art form. It is a very amateur design tutorial but it will make clear the use of brushes in various ways including trees.
Step 1: Open a new canvas with File then New. Unlock the Background layer. (See step 1 of making a tree brush)
Step 2: Select the Gradient Tool.
Step 3: Now double click on the color of the gradient in the properties bar to set the color of the foreground.
Step 4: And the background color of the gradient using the Gradient Editor. Kindly see the following steps.
Step 5: Once the gradient shades are selected kindly drag the mouse in the vertical stroke as shown in the image.
Step 6: Here Linear Gradient is selected. There, a sunset scene is created.
Step 7: Now go in the Rectangle tool and select the Ellipse tool. Keeping the color of the ellipse black draw the ellipse as shown in the image below.
Step 8: Select the Brush tool. Now all the fun begins. I have not played with a lot of ideas here, but one can get as much creative you want to be. To create a cottage house scene I created a House shaped brush in the same manner as we created the tree brush. Once you go to the properties bar for a selection of the type of brush you need to work with, you will notice the tiny house brush below. Kindly select it.
- Adjust the values of size, opacity, color, flow.
- Size : 300, Opacity : 100 % and Flow : 55 %.
Step 9: Now brush the house wherever you want to on the black platform that we have created. Time to use the tree brush that we are discussing so much about already. Just select the tree-shaped brush. Set the values of opacity, flow, size of the brush as per your liking and just click on the painting at any spot where you wish to have trees. I have selected 3 spots like this.
Step 10: I also selected the normal round brush to create a small sun. Colour of the sun was selected as shown below. I even used a faded round brush to create fences that shown in the image below.
- The image finally looks like this. It’s a simple attempt but we can go bonkers for sure.
There are various websites, ad flyers, artistic drawings even movie posters where creatives make use of the brushes a lot to give it a natural look but I feel that for interior designers and architects this brush is boon.
This is a guide to Tree Brush Photoshop. Here we discuss how to create a tree brush in photoshop and examples to apply the effects of Tree Brush. You can also go through our other related articles to learn more –