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Environment Tutorial - Through the Valley by JenniferEasley Environment Tutorial - Through the Valley by JenniferEasley
So, this turned in to a bit of a beast, I hope it isn't too much text!

As promised, a tutorial showing how i painted this picture [link] It requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop but nothing too complicated.

It has a lot of theory that i've picked up over the years, so it doesn't just apply to this painting, but to any painting really.

I hope it's helpful, and feel free to note me if you have any questions about anything :)
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CARTproductions Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing tutorial :la:
I've always struggled with landscapes and perspective and whatnot, so this will be super helpful. :meow:
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you find it helpful! :D
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Raeistic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of awesome tips here, thanks! :D
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful!
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cyhennessey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Very nice tutorial. I winced every time you mentioned merging layers though lol, especially merging the final product. I've always learned to try and keep as many layers intact, just in case.
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used to be the same! There comes a point though when it just slows your painting process down. I still make new layers for things i'm unsure about, but i think of it as a safety net that can be removed once i'm happy with that element of the picture. After all, you should trust that you can paint over your mistakes if you need to. That can lead to happy accidents that improve your picture! Don't be a slave to ctrl-z ;p
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cyhennessey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Just curious, but how long does a painting like this take you? I've yet to really nail down my own workflow, and was curious as to the length, since you've very nicely written out your own process :)
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Hmm i think this was about 10 hours? I am pretty slow given my work process never goes smoothly and i change it with every picture. The only picture i've timed recently was this one [link] and it took me 14 hours which is way too long really! That was over several days of small sessions though. If i'm free in the day i can usually sit for 10 hours and do it all in one go :)
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Synthesia92 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perspective is hard, but I think, if I keep practicing, maybe in a few thousand years I will learn this ^^
Its a really (and I mean) REALLY useful tutorial :D
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, keep practicing! Once you understand why it works, it's not so bad. Check out some more detailed perspective tutorials too, but yes, the key is to put it in to practice! And thank you very much btw :)
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Synthesia92 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's (I am looking for the right word...) motivating (?) ^^
And you're welcome :D
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caymalin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
:o Perspective grid....my life is changed forever.
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For the better, i hope! ;p
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kishykashy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
perspective is so hard >.<
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used to find it scary too but if you look up a couple of tutorials and practice you'll get the hang of it!
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Abbyanna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this! I find environments difficult to paint so I know this will be helpful.
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Just keep at them and do studies too, you'll get there in no time
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imafrakkincylon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
This is amazing! Thank you so much for this, you had a lot of tips there that I really needed. :)
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it helped! :)
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imafrakkincylon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
More than you realise - I'm actually coloring a comic cover that uses some of those color theory principles you mentioned and your tutorial has helped me to better understand what wasn't sitting right with it.

Thanks again!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh i see! Well good luck with it :)
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Waift Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So very useful, thanks! ^_^
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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RED-Undead Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is exactly what I was looking for. My biggest issue is backdrops. thanks so much for the tutorial!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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wolfgrl1492 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Wow! I would have never have thought using grid lines :D That's a great trick. I'll be sure to use those now, since I never attempt backgrounds either...
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's always good to plan ahead! Glad you found it helpful :)
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3Rton Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But SAI has no perspective grid and I can't draw it myself T_T
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't use a pre-made grid in photoshop, i use the brush and click a point, hold down shift and then click the point where i want the line to end. That makes a perfectly straight line :) I dont know if this works in Sai but worth a try!
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3Rton Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang sounds troublesome : O
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol not really, you become very fast at it. I don't know if there is a line tool or anything in Sai that you can use but it is worth it when you're painting buildings, and pretty much anything else really!
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3Rton Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall try this from now on P:
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InkyMonster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Then use google: [link]
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3Rton Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is actually pretty useful, why didn't I think of that O.o
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InkyMonster Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Haha, it happens to all of us ;)
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3Rton Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
true!
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for sharing :dance:
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant tutorial! :clap: Really appreciate the time it must have taken to put this together, and write nice detailed explanations of why you do things; it's just as important as how you do things, IMO. Thanks for this!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank yooou, it did take a while but it was worth it to get my thoughts written down, and to help people :D
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Finnisterre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you got something out of it too, so it's not us people profiting from your hard work! :D
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LadyGreySun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
My new favorite tutorials^^ Very nice tip you have here,
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! :)
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ArtBySabinaE Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely want to give this a try! Thank you!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh I'm glad! Show me the result if you do :)
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kittycat114 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is amazing! O.O Just a question, how do you flip the image in Photoshop?
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oops! Forgot about that ;p Go to Image->Image Rotation->Flip Canvas Horizontal.

I created a Photoshop Action for that (which you would have to google cos I can't remember how to do it) so I have it assigned to one of my tablet hotkeys. That way I can do it all the time super fast :) Very useful!
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kittycat114 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for the info! it's really helpfull! :'D
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome ^^
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kittycat114 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^u^
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