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Plant a forest with the Tree and Picture Frame filters in Photoshop CC 2014

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

When you’re creating unique art in Photoshop, you probably turn to filters for help. Now you can use filters to not only enhance your work but also create it! With Photoshop CC 2014’s Tree and Picture Frame filters you can create unique and realistic trees as well as decorative frame edges, for timeless illustrations like the one shown in Figure A.

Figure A:
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Lay the foundation

You’ll need to decide how you want your background to look. You can use a layer with a solid fill, gradient, pattern, or even stock art, just to name a few choices. For our example, we’ll use the sky and grass stock art image shown in Figure B. To follow along with our example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file field.psd, launch Photoshop, and open the image. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)

Figure B:
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Plant a tree

Now we’ll add a tree to our background. This is amazingly easy to do with Photoshop CC 2014’s new Tree filter. Because the settings in this dialog box are fairly intuitive, we won’t explain all the options. But we’ll tell you[…]


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