How to Paint Grass in Photoshop

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How to Paint Grass in Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is available on Mac and PC computers. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Adobe Photoshop is a premier photo editing software. Media professionals use the application to manipulate and create images. Photoshop can make women thin, give more hair to men and add plentiful grass to barren fields. To paint grass in Photoshop, a basic knowledge of the application and its tools is required. With a little time and patience, even an amateur can create tons of beautiful green grass.

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    Open a new document that is 500 by 500 pixels. You can do this in the "New Document" window that automatically appears when Photoshop launches.

  2. 2

    Create two layers in the layers window located by default on the right side of your screen. The new layer icon is at the bottom of the window and looks like a curled page. The first layer is the background layer. The second layer will contain a blade of grass.

  3. 3

    Create a blade of grass by using the Elliptical Marquee Tool, which is found in the tool window located by default on the left side of your screen. This tool can cut out a curved shape.

  4. 4

    Experiment with filters, such as the distort and wave filter, in the filter gallery to get the shape you desire for a blade of grass. The filter gallery can be accessed under "Filter" in the menu bar.

  5. 5

    Colour the grass blade green with the Brush tool in the tool bar and the colour swatches panel. The colour swatches can be accessed under "Windows" then "Swatches" in the Menu bar.

  6. 6

    Duplicate the grass layer by selecting it and hitting Command + J on your keyboard (Mac) or Control + J (PC). You can also use the Free Transform Tool in the tool window to select the blades and give them different sizes and shapes. The Burn Tool in the tool window can also be used to get a 3D appearance by burning the overlapping blades.

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    Continue to duplicate layers. Use the free transform tool, the burn tool and colour swatches to vary the look of each blade.

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    Build up your layers. Use the eraser tool to clean up any messes. Try blending a few of the layers in the layers window by going to the FX symbol at the bottom and selecting "Blending Options." "Overlay" will create an opaque appearance while mixing two layers.

  9. 9

    Change the hues and saturations of different layers by selecting the layer and going to "Images" in the menu bar. Then go to "Adjustments" and select "Hue/Saturations."

  10. 10

    Flatten all the layers once you are done and feel you have created, or painted, enough grass onto your document. To do so, go to "Layers" in the menu bar and select "Flatten Image."

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    Save the file when you are finished. Go to "File" in the menu bar and select "Save."

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