Digital Landscape Painting
A great skill to develop is your ability to create or paint landscapes with Photoshop. This could be applied to many projects in your future and possibly a painting itself can be a project on it's own. This exercise will allow you to learn some new techniques and hopefully develop your methods for making work in Photoshop.
For this project we will follow a tutorial for guidance however you can develop your own painting rather than copying the one in the tutorial. You will learn about the different components of a landscape (background, middle ground, and foreground). Also under stand how atmospheric perspective plays a role in the environment and how to create the effect of depth in your painting. The third thing will be how to add textures from photos into your digital painting.
Block Schedule Day Instructions:
Spend some time creating a landscape that you would like to paint. If you don't create a landscape that you are interested in this project will not be as much fun as it could be. Once you have a sketch that you are happy with then you can begin with the tutorial.
If you are using a drawing on paper for your design you can open the image and copy the contents and paste them into your project. You will need to resize your image to fit into the 20x10" space. Once you have your drawing scaled to fit your workspace you can use select by color range to select your lines and copy and paste them onto a new layer. Choose Select-> Color Range and then click on the black lines in your drawing. You can copy the black lines or you might need to inverse your selection. This will separate your drawing from the white of your paper. Refine your drawing a bit further. Sketch in some details with a thin black brush. You can also use the eraser to remove parts of your initial drawing.
Set up layers so your project is organized by depth. The top layer should be your line drawing sketch. The bottom layer you should title Background, the next layer on top title Middleground, and the top layer just under your sketch should be foreground. Begin to block in colors on each of these layers. Create a layer and title it Sky. Drag the Sky layer to the very bottom of the layers panel. If there are any other features for your image you should place them on separate layers and label them.
On each layer block in gray values to establish a sense of depth. Don't worry about choosing colors at this point. The farthest features in your landscape should be light gray. Each layer or landscape element as it gets closer to you should get darker. The farthest layers should also have less detail and the closer layers should have more details.
If you get this far you can continue to follow the tutorial. You can also find some reference images that you can use for color schemes and also find images for textures for different parts of your painting. Look in the resources area for a link to Textures.com. You can create an account and download textures that you might want to use.