So when we look at this photograph here. This was a photograph I took in a place called Grinter Farm. There is like, I don't even know, how many acres of sunflowers. It's unbelievable. I go there every September with one of my photo buddies in Kansas. It's just littered like from here all the way back to here and then beyond that. That's all sunflowers. It's epic. But, look at the tree back there. It's gross, it's not very epic. It needs some pruning. It needs some trimming. So what I did with this image is I made a color fill back there to fill in that area. I used data that was all over the image. You can say I used parts of this side, pulled it over here, used some of this color, dropped it over there. To cover up this tree. And then I went into Photoshop and I rendered my own. To make it a little bit more a beautiful tree that would be there instead of the tree that was there before. Which is just gnarly. And it makes world of difference. If you see the whole, I'm giving you a litt...
le small kind of thumbnail of this 'cause this is one of my portfolio images that I really really treasure. So I'm not going to give you the whole thing 'cause then, you know, whatever you would do with it. Print it, steal it, call it your own. Just kidding. I'm giving you a very small snippet of this but the larger image is available on my 500px portfolio. You can see the whole image, it just looks great with that rendered tree in the background. You can practically, you can use even the tree rendering as a very practical application if it's used successfully. So to render a tree, I'm just going to add a new layer. I'm going to go to filter, I'm going to go to render, and I'm going to go to tree. Picture frames and flames, I just kind of stay away from them. The flames look like motorcycle flames, you know? Like the ones that they print the stickers on. Yeah, just doesn't look that great. But rendering trees you get access, you could be like a green thumb in Photoshop. You get access to all kinds of different trees. So here's an oak. You want a redwood? OK, we can put a redwood in Kansas City. Why not? You kinda have to know the area you're in in order to put the tree in there. Maple works out pretty well, we've got a lot of maple trees around there. Maple tree works very well especially if we're doing things like silhouetting and things like that. You have to kind of assess where you're going to put it. Where the light source is coming from and where you want it to be. So for me, this light source being on this side is probably not gonna be good idea. But that's why we have our light source here, the light direction. If I move this over the light starts to change on that tree. If I bring it over to this side, the light will hit from this side of the tree. And if I look at the amount of leaves that are on that tree. Is it fall? Or is it more like our flourishing summers where you can't see anything through trees? Let's go somewhere right in between. We want to see some branches in there. Leaf size, how big are those leaves that are on that tree? Go right about there. That should work. The branches height? How high do the branches come up? (laughter) Again, it's not Dr. Seuss, it's Kansas City, so we'll just drop this down a little bit. Down to about here. And then the branch thickness will also cover basically the trunk thickness as well. So something like this is going to be a little too thick for a tree that's going to be that small. Put that right down there and we're good to go. Maybe right about there we'd be good to go. Now the shapes. The shape of the leaves, the shape of the tree. Move this over and it's going to start changing the shape and altering the shape of that tree. Even down to the branches dangling down there. This is crazy. You can randomize the shapes. You know it just kind of randomly makes a random selection for you. Move this over. If you press the randomized shapes you're getting whatever it gives you. You can make your own arrangement by pressing down here. If you turn default leaves off. You can add what types of leaves you want to that tree. So you want a maple tree that has palm trees leaves, cool. I'm just going to put default leaves 'cause it's a maple tree. And our advanced settings, you can adjust the tilt of the camera. You can use your own custom color for the leaves. Maybe I want it to be autumn. Now the leaves are autumn colored. I can use my own color for the branches. I want those branches to be... Actually you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to use a custom color for this. For some reason it's not showing a preview here, it usually would but that's OK. It's probably has something to do with my video card. I'm going to make these a darker color. Darker green. The reason why I'm doing this is I want this to look like a silhouette back there. I want it to look a little bit darker. So something like that would be fine. You can adjust the shading that happens on those leaves. So if that regular shading they have there doesn't look right then you can adjust these settings and enhance the contrast of those leaves. The lightness to darkness between the leaves. The flat shading of the branches. Leaves rotation. I mean there's all kinds of things you can do with rendering these trees. So I'm just going to press OK on this. And it's going to render a big tree. It's going to be very big for your canvas. And that's OK, we have command and control T, we can press shift and alt. That will make it small from the center. And we can put that tree somewhere in the background, like right there. Press enter and zoom in back there 'cause now what we need to do is brush with a mask. Press B for our brush tool. Make that smaller and then just TSH TSH TSH TSH. You gotta make noise when you do it to, part of it. (laughter) And there we go. If it doesn't quite fit the way you want it to, shockingly enough if you drop the opacity here, it will start to kind of blend in a little bit better. This seems counterintuitive that you would drop the opacity of that tree to see what's happening underneath it but it does start to blend in a little bit better. And here we have everything that applies now to all of our other layers like clipping masks, or any other effects that we want to do this, we can stack right on to the top of this. So if I liked what Photoshop gave me from the tree that I rendered but it's not exactly what I want, I can make a curves adjustment layer on top of it. Press alt or option, click in between, and now I can alter the look of that tree with the curves adjustment layer. Make it look darker so it looks more like a silhouette with just a very little bit of that color shining through back there. About right there. That opacity is a little high. Drop the opacity again to blend in a little bit better. And there we have successfully rendered a tree that actually looks pretty darn good. The stem of it might be a little bit too high, the trunk might be a little bit too high. If we go ahead and move that tree down. Press V for the move tool. And just press the down arrow, until it gets right about there. Then we brush on there. Control and space bar to zoom in. That's probably a little bit more accurate to what we would see from that far away of a distance. So you can legitimately render a tree in your images is what I'm getting at here. You have to be pretty smart about it. You can't do it all the time. You've got to assess the situation and after you've assessed the situation decide whether the tree that you added is better than the one that was there before. And did you add the same type of tree. Because as I've said before, and if you need justification for this, technically speaking, if I went out to Grinter's Farm with a set of hedge trimmers that I could maybe clean up his tree for him, and then go back and take my picture. But I don't have that ability. And I wouldn't want to it's a big tree.
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