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doonee
08-13-2005, 07:56 AM
This is my first post, so hello to all, and congrats for the great looking forum.

I'd like to find out more about matte painting long distance and mid distance
forests, prefering broadleaf over conifer canopies (roundish over pointed) ..

... if i can afford be this picky .:)

a few keywords and/or hints/links to tuts would be highly appreciated

thnks 2 all in advance
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doonee
08-17-2005, 04:23 AM
hm, let me rephrase then, a little more broadly ...

where could i find brushes for painting distant forests ?
are there any good beginners tuts out there for landscape matte painting ?

thanks
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rrische
08-17-2005, 05:15 AM
Don't know of any digital painting tutorials for landscapes
that focus specifically on forests. If I was doing a matte
painting that required forest elements, I would raid the
online stock photo libraries and steal copiously from same.
It's a sure bet you'll find what you need.

Wait a minute, I did just that on "Shark Boy/ Lava Girl"!

My favorite site is photos.com. I'll sign up for a month
(there's a fee) and just rob it blind if I'm working on a show
and can't run off to some exotic location with my digital camera.

doonee
08-17-2005, 09:14 AM
yo..
thnks
will check it out!
fee is np.

rgds
d

doonee
08-18-2005, 10:48 AM
hey, could any one point me the right direction if i was to make my onw brush to paint forest canopies ?
thnks
d

DenB
10-03-2005, 10:24 AM
This is my first post, so hello to all, and congrats for the great looking forum.

I'd like to find out more about matte painting long distance and mid distance
forests, prefering broadleaf over conifer canopies (roundish over pointed) ..

... if i can afford be this picky .:)

a few keywords and/or hints/links to tuts would be highly appreciated

d

http://wwwgardenhose.com

Use the tutorials link. See some of the demonstrations too.

http://www.gardenhose.com/images/asia.jpg

DenB
01-09-2006, 10:19 AM
Been working, well sort of, over the holidays on a winter trees paint. Something that paints tree and forest lines with relative ease. Anyway, I'll be posting one or two freebie download versions of the paint later this week. Here are a couple of example images relevant to this thread.

http://www.gardenhose.com/images/treeline3.jpg
This is a simple line. Three brush strokes define the trees. The grass sets up the POV (perspective). Original is 3000 pixels.

http://www.gardenhose.com/images/treeline7.jpg
Here four brush strokes define the forest. Pen pressure sets up the vanishing point perspective. Original is 3000 pixels.

http://www.gardenhose.com/images/treeline9.jpg
As applied with a simple Terragen render. Production time for trees, 10-20 minutes.

yoda
01-17-2006, 11:45 AM
Is there anything for photoshop like this?

DenB
01-18-2006, 10:23 AM
Is there anything for photoshop like this?

There's a old PS plug-in, but I've never found it stable or practical enough to support as it costs near what Painter can often be had for. It required that you paint in a little 300 x 500 plug-in window on top of PS, which kind of defeats the purpose if you're working large.

Other alternatives are PSP, PhotoImpact, Gimp and Dogwaffle. The last two have free versions. For optimum control of the media, and this stuff is essentially paint media, Painter is the best choice.

In an effort to address Photoshop, I've posted demo versions of the paints as PS layers. Drag, drop and transform is hardly painting, but it's better than nothing. They're available at http://www.gardenhose.com Use the Winter Trees banner link or first text link below the banner. See "demonstration."

Dennis @ DigArts

DenB
02-26-2006, 02:28 PM
As promised, the PDF tutorial and tools are now posted at http://www.gardenhose.com/forests.htm.

Oh yeah, my apologies to the Windows Photoshop users who downloaded the samples. Somehow, the PSD samples didn't have the trees isolated on layers for drag-n-drop compositing. That's corrected now.

(You will need Painter, Photoshop, PSP, Gimp or PhotoImpact to complete the tutorial.)

Enjoy,
Dennis @ DigArts

Kan
04-11-2006, 01:11 AM
Hi there,

It's surely great to stamp and copy/paste the stuff but i would recomend the harder way. Meaning, put a photo layer underneath your empty layer, take some scattered brush and try to paint the same image over it.
That way, you not only learn the shape of trees and the brushes you need for them, you also learn to use the wide color palette of the trees with leaf and stuff...
And if you really want to get some fancy brushes, go to http://www.barontieri.com
and download them from there. Perfect for organic stuff.

Best regards,

Kan

DenB
04-21-2006, 12:07 PM
http://www.gardenhose.com/groups/sm-rainy.jpg

Posted a new, step-by-step tutorial showing how this image was painted using image databases as paints. Paints are included with the tutorial. http://www.gardenhose.com/rainforests.htm

Have fun.