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Quick, Dirty and Cheap ways to create Anime / Cartoon styled trees for use in background CG’s for OELVN’s

Here, I present a quick, dirty and cheap way to create trees that looked like it was hand drawn for use with background CG’s

For this tutorial you first need to have a tree texture to play with…download one from here… (thanks adrix89)

For additional textures, you may want to go to www.sharecg.com

Step 1:
Open the downloaded tree texture in photoshop. You should see the tree texture being the only layer present. Duplicate the layer (see screenshot below)

If done correctly, you should see something like this (see screenshot below)

Step 2:
Make sure you have the topmost layer as your current active layer and desaturate it (SHIFT + CTRL + U) to make it gray (see screenshot below)

Step 3:
See the tabs on top of photoshop?… go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENT > BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST and copy the following settings. Make sure you have the topmost layer as your current active layer (see screenshot below)

Step 4:
Again, look at the tabs on top of photoshop and go to FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR and copy these settings (see screenshot below)

Step 5:
You know the drill… Tabs on top of photoshop. Go to FILTER > ARTISTIC > PAINT DAUBS and copy these settings (see screenshot below)

Step 6:
Duplicate the current active layer you just edited (see screenshot below)

If done correctly, you should see something like this (see screenshot below)

Step 7:
Follow the instructions you see on screen (see screenshot below)

Step 8:
Yes… we go back to the tabs again. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENT > HUE/SATURATION and copy these settings or until satisfied with the color of the leaves… just concentrate on the leaves for now (see screenshot below)

Step 9:
Follow the instructions you see on screen (see screenshot below)

Step 10:
Tabs… again. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENT > HUE/SATURATION (again) and copy these settings or until satisfied with the color of the tree trunk… just concentrate on the tree trunk and ignore the leaves (see screenshot below)

Step 11:
Follow the instructions you see on screen (see screenshot below)

If done correctly, you should see something like this (see screenshot below) Now see the bottom layer on the layers window?… delete it.

If done correctly, you should see something like this (see screenshot below)

Step 12:
Follow the instructions you see on screen (see screenshot below)

Then merge the two layers (CTRL + E) and if done correctly, you should only have one single layer (see screenshot below)

Step 13:
Duplicate your one and only layer (see screenshot below)

Same with the previous step, link the non active layer with the active layer and merge them (CTRL + E)

If done correctly, your tree should have more volume to it (see screenshot below)

I hope this helps…

2 comments

  1. This tutorial made me mindgasm. I love it! And I thank you for sharing it.


  2. Thanks for this tutorial ^.^
    I’m looking forward for more. You’re such an expert😀



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