The meaning of this colorful poster is “Save our planet Earth while it is still possible.” The world map in the form of a tree symbolizes our planet Earth and our unity, and the green color indicates the world of nature in which we live.
Today you will learn how to create a tree in the form of a world map in Photoshop for an ecological poster. You can use this work for free in all types of personal and commercial projects. You can use it as a background for PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, web sites, etc.
Download the archive with materials for the lesson
Note: The source of the lesson is missing some images. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the materials for the lesson.
Create a new document, size 650x790px, and use the Tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) to create a shape like on the image.
Step 2. Add grass texture
Download Grass Texture 1 and load the PAT file into Photoshop.
Double-click the ellipse layer and go to Layer Styles, add a Layer Style Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay) to the Ellipse layer and use the Grass Texture 1 as the pattern. Rename the Ellipse layer and name it Grass Cover.
Or you can paste the Grass texture 2 above the Ellipse layer, then right-click on the texture layer and select the command – Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask). Now, only the area bounded by the ellipse is closed by grass. (Do not forget to rename the ellipse layer to Grass Cover)
Step 3. Add a cloud texture
Open the image with the clouds, copy it and paste it into our work under the Grass cover layer. Make cloud images black and white: Picture (Image) – Correction (Adjustments) – Discolor (Desaturate) Shift + Ctrl + U)
Translator’s Note: If the size of the pasted image with clouds is too large, reduce it using the Transformation tool: Editing (Edit) – Transformation (Transform) – Scaling (Scale).
Double-click on the clouds layer and go to Layer Styles, select the layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay) and using blue color # 14b4ff and blending mode Screen (Screen), create a blue cartoon sky.
Step 4. Add the grass border
Open Grass Texture 3 (on a transparent background) and paste it below the Grass Cover layer, but above the cloud layer. You can add multiple layers with this grass texture and resize on each of these layers to create a volume effect. Use Tools Lightening (Dodge Tool) and Blackout (Burn Tool) to blend grass borders with texture.
Step 5. Create a tree for the world map
Open the image of the Dead Tree, copy and paste into our work, above all other layers. Name the layer Tree. Use a black brush to paint over a tree trunk.
Translator’s Note: Don’t forget to use the Transform tool if necessary. Scaling (Scale), for resizing the pasted image.
Duplicate the dead tree layer and rotate it to the right, as shown in the image below.
Translator’s Note: menu Editing (Edit) –Transformation (Transform) –Turn (Rotate)
Use Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) to remove the trunk and some branches from the left side of the tree, on a duplicate layer with the tree.
Duplicate the dead tree layer again and rotate it, this time to the left, as shown below.
Use Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) to remove the trunk and some branches from the right side of the tree, on this duplicate layer.
Merge two copies of the tree layer together: select both layers, right-click and select from the drop-down menu Merge layers (Merge layers), name this layer Branches. Create a new layer above the Layer layer: main menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer).
Select Tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), and holding down the Shift key, draw a circle of the desired size, as in the image below.
Use this selection as a layer mask for a layer with a tree by clicking the button on the Layers panel Add layer mask (Mask Add Layer).
Step 6. Create a world map of leaves
Create a new layer and name it World Map: main menu – Layers (Layer) – New (New) – Layer (Layer). Use Tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool / U) to add a World Map shape, as shown in the image below.
Translator’s Note: Download the archive with arbitrary “Eco” figures, unpack the archive, go to the menu Editing (Edit) – Sets (Presets) – Kit Management (Preset Manager), select the set type – Custom shapes, click the download button, go to the folder with the unpacked archive, and select the unpacked CSH file, click the Download button, and now, in the Set Management window, select the newly loaded figure. Do not forget to select the parameter Layer layer (Shape Layers) on the settings panel, the fill color is black. To keep the proportions hold down the Shift button.
Right-click on the World Map layer and select an action. Rasterize layer (Rasterize). While staying on the World Map layer, hold down the CTRL key and click on the Thumbnails mask layer thumbnail to make a circle selection. Use this selection as a layer mask for the World Map layer by clicking on the Layers panel, the button Add layer mask (Mask Add Layer). Now the part of the map that protrudes outside the circle is hidden under the mask of the layer.
Hold down the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail of the World Map layer mask to re-select the circle. Click on the world map layer thumbnail layer to make sure that you are working with a layer, and not with a mask. Go to menu Filter (Filter) – Distortion (Distort) – Spherization (Spherize), set the settings as in the image below.
Double-click the map layer, and go to Layer Styles, add a Layer Style. Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay) to the World Map layer, with the same settings as in the first step.
Translator’s Note: If you created a Layer Style Overlay pattern at the beginning of a lesson, you can copy it and apply it to the World Map layer: right-click on the layer and select the item Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style), to paste, select Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).
Convert the World Map layer to a smart object: select Layer (Layers) – Smart–objects (Smart Objects) – Transformatsmart–an object (Smart Object)
Open the image Leaves, copy and paste into our document in a new layer above the World Map, name this layer Leaves. Right click and select Createclippingmask (Create Clipping Mask). Use Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), to remove some area of foliage, so that you still have some grass and some green leaves.
Hold down the CTRL key and click the thumbnail of the Vetka layer mask to make the selected area of the circle appear. Create a new layer above the Leaves layer and fill it with white. Install Fill (Fill) layer to 0%. Double-click the layer and go to Layer Styles, add a Layer Style. Internal glow (Inner Glow). Use the settings as in the image below.
- Blending mode: Soft light (Soft Light)
- Opacity (Opacity): 100%
- Soft method, size: 76 pixels.
Step 8. Creating the shadow
Hold down the Control key and click on all layers with parts of the tree: Tree, Branches, World Map, Leaves and White to select them. Right-click on the layers and select Duplicate Layers.
Click Control-E to merge duplicated layers. Name this new layer Shadow, and place it below the Tree layer.
Double-click the Shadow layer, and go to Layer Styles, add a Layer Style. Color overlay (Color Overlay) using black color. Set the opacity to 43%. Go to menu Editing (Edit) –Transformation (Transform) – Distortion (Distort), and give the image the shape of a shadow cast by a tree.
Use Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) to remove the shadow that extends beyond the grass surface.
Step 9. Creating text from grass
In the new PSD file, I created the text Earth, using a ready-made grass lettering Action, which can be downloaded for free, and for the text layer I used the Super Mario font.
If you want, you can add other details: birds or butterflies. To create original clouds, you can use special paid brushes.
Step 10. Add highlights and rays of light.
In order to make the image more sunny and bright, you can add sunlight using some of the textures for Photoshop. You can also add a highlight to the image. Just set the blending mode for these textures to Screen (Screen) or Light replacement (Lighten)
Congratulations, you did it!
Here is the final result of creating this beautiful ecological poster “Green Planet”, made in Photoshop using textures, stock images, overlays and various blending methods.