Exotic Jungle

Hello! If you just want to wander through the jungle, then you – to Dima Krylov. And if you want to learn how to draw the jungle, and not just to draw, but also to decorate them with cool exotic text, then you have come to the right place! Today we will learn to draw berries, leaves, and creepers. In short, much of what grows in the real jungle.
From the practical point of view, this lesson is useful in that it shows how to work in several documents at the same time and how to correctly use such a nasty tool like the Pen. Well, and one more thing. See for yourself.

This is what we should have:

Note: all images in translation correspond to the screenshots from the source lesson.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Make the background.
To get started, open a new document with dimensions of 600 by 375, RGB / 8 with a transparent background. Now you can go two ways: if you want to save time, take my ready-made background, if you want to dream up and create your background layer, find a beautiful view or landscape with trees, shrubs and lawns and play a little with brushes and curves (curves) and blur. (blurs). In general, achieve approximately this result:

Step 2. Making leaves
Now minimize the document with the background layer. We do not need it yet. Do not worry, we will return to it a little later. For now let’s deal with leaves and berries. We will have cases! First, you need to download a texture that imitates a leaf of a tree.

Step 3. After that, place the texture in a new document with the same dimensions and transparent background. (call it “Leaves”) Press M to activate RectangularMarqueeTool (rectangular selection tool). Right click and select FreeTransform (free transform), one more right click – now choose warpmode(deformation mode). Or go to EditFreeTransformWarp(Editing – Free Transformation – Deformation). Do as you like. Now click and drag the upper left corner of our texture onto the bottom 1/1 of the grid. Then also pull up the bottom left corner. Focus on my picture:

Step 4. Now try to connect the upper and lower edges, so that you get some semblance of a leaflet:

Via PolygonalLassoTool (Polygonal lasso) as if delete all unnecessary (select the area you want to delete and click Delete). Try to make the edges of the leaflet as clear and elegant as possible:

Step 5. Again go to FreeTransform(free transform) and select again Warpmode(deformation mode). Repeat all steps with the bottom right corner of the texture. Make sure the sides look symmetrical.

Step 6. And once again – with the upper right corner. Like this:

Step 7. Back in FreeTransform (free transform). But this time, choose or mode Distort(distortion) or Perspective(perspective): After some manipulations, our petal will look much more natural:

Step 8. Now duplicate the Leaves layer and place a copy under the main layer. Slightly deform FreeTransformWarp (free transformation-deformation). Please note that the sheet on the copy should be slightly different from the original. Then make a few more copies, play with their sizes and place them like in my picture:

Step 9. Now add a layer style. Log in LayerstyleDropshadow(Layer style – drop shadow). Apply this style on all the resulting layers with leaves and experiment with settings such as opacity, distance (distance) and size (size). Remember that maximum transparency should not exceed 64%. The maximum distance is 23, size-51. Your main task now is to give the leaves more depth. Here on this and focus your attention. If in you one leaf is directly above the other – much reduce the distance and size. This will give the image clarity.

Step 10. Double click on the “Leaves Original” layer. Go to Layer style –BevelandEmboss(Layer Style – Emboss). We set the following parameters:
depth(depth) – 100%
size(size) -65px
soften (softening) -0px
You can also try to reduce transparency.
Repeat the same steps on all copies of the layer.

Step 11. Let’s add more depth to our little leaves. Select the lowest copy layer. Right click on this layer. Now you need to choose a command ConverttoSmartObject (convert to smart object). This will give you the opportunity, afterwards it is easy to change the settings of the applied filters. Go to Filter > Blur > GaussianBlur(Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), set the radius to 2.6px. Repeat this step on all other layers. Remember to reduce the blur radius as you get closer to the largest piece! Now choose SmartObject(smart object) on the main layer “Leaves”. Click D,(now the main color is black), take a brush and paint over only the central part of the sheet. The edges of the leaf do not touch! You will see that after this the blur effect does not persist to the whole sheet, but only along the edges. Now distort our leaves a little more. Believe me, this is quite an exciting experience. Do not be lazy – and everything will turn out! Now merge all layers into a group.

Step 12. Well, the leaves are ready. But this is only the leaves, berries – in front.

Step 13. Making the Berry
Minimize the document Leaves and open a new document with dimensions of 600 to 450. Now we will start to draw berries.
You are takingEllipticalmarqueetool (oval selection tool). Press shift and draw a small circle. Fill it with # ff0000. Name the layer “Berry”

Double click on the layer. Go to Layerstyle(layer style) and apply the following settings:
Innershadow(internal shadow): Opacity (opacity) 75%, Distance (offset): 5px – Choke (whipping): 0% – Size (size): 38px. Be sure to check the box UseGlobalLight(use global lighting)
BevelandEmboss(stamping): Depth (depth): 32px – Direction (direction): Up, Size (size) 43px, Soften (softening) 16px. The remaining settings are default.
GradientOverlay(gradient overlay): Black-White gradient (black and white gradient), Opacity (transparency): 16, Angle (Angle): 90.
A little later, we duplicate this layer and turn our harvesting into a berry. For now, hide it by clicking on the peephole on the layers palette. At this stage you should have this:

Step 14. Making a Shape for Berries
Create a new layer and select PenTool (pen). Name the layer “Form” Click in the center closer to the top of the window (but not too high!). This will be the first point (1), press shift and click again at the bottom (second point). Visualize that the upper and lower points are located in the same plane. You should have a straight line.
Now right click on pentool. Select the Add Anchor Point mode. Click once on the top of the line and drag it to the right. You will get an intermediate point 3. Now add another point (4) at the bottom and move it to the right too:

Step 15. Because Pentool (pen) is still active, click anywhere to deactivate it and select the option MakeSelection(form a selected area). Set the radius to 0 pikes. Click OK. You got a selection. Now invert it (Shift + Ctrl + I).

Step 16. Without removing the selection, press D and set the default colors: black / white. Fill the resulting selection with black. Deselect.
Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J). Go to Edit> Transform > FlipHorizontal(edit – transform – flip horizontally). Click.V, and move the top layer slightly to the left, position it so that you get an image that looks like a black currant berry. If you can not fit the two halves of the berries to each other, then create a new layer and with a black brush paint all your errors. Is it done? Merge the layers with the shape and shape of the copy: click Ctrl, click on the desired layers in the layers panel, right-click again and select the optionMergelayers(merge layers). Is it done? You will need this form in the next step, as we will wear our berries on it as a “blank”.

Step 17. We collect Berry
Make the Berry layer visible. Now open the Group icon group and drag this layer there. A little later it will be very useful. Now position the new group above the “Form” layer and click Ctrl+ T. Look at the windows that appear on the top panel: you need to reduce ‘W’ (width) and ‘H’ (height) to 50%. Then click enter

Step 18. Place the Original Berry layer directly above the “Form’ layer. A little more, and we will finish. And now, focusing on the layer “Form’, duplicate the layer “Berry‘ as many times as you wish. But do not forget that in the end, you should have something like this: In principle, if you have seen a real berry at least once in your life, it will not be difficult for you.

Step 19. In the same method (duplicating the layer and placing copies in rows), make the final version:

Step 20. Everything, now the form is completely closed by small nice berries. It turned out something resembling raspberries, is not it? Raspberries…
Now, merge the group with berries (right click – Mergegroup(merge group). Now we have all the berries together, on the same layer. And you can hide the “Form” layer. We will not need it anymore.

Step 21 Now activate BurnTool(dimmer) and darken the edges of the berries, then click in the center, after setting the brush size to 180 and set the stiffness to 0%. Settings BurnTool (“Dimmer”): Shadows(shadows) Exposure(exposure) -25%

Step 22 Now choose DodgeTool (clarifier), take a brush with a diameter of 168, set the mode Highlights(backlight) and exposure(exposure) 17%, easy to brush over the whole berry, but especially on its central part:

Step 23 Add leaves to the berry
Now open the document “Leaves”. Drag the leaves into the document “Berry”. Or copy and paste. (CTRL + C, CTRL + V). Fit them to each other in size, open the previously created group and, slightly expand each sheet. Now duplicate the whole group, and go to Edit > Transform > FlipHorizontal(Edit –Transform – Flip Horizontally). Now open the “Leaves Copy” group and place the leaflets like this:

Step 24 Select all the layers (“Berry” and “Leaves” groups.) You need to select both the originals of the groups (1) and their copies (2). Press T, and while holding shift, slightly reduce the finished berry. For what? But we still need a place to attach a tail to the berry.

Step 25. Make a flirty tail for our berry
Create a new layer, activate Pen(pen). Click in the center right on the leaves (point 1), now literally click 2.5 centimeters higher, put a point a little to the left (point 2). Then add an additional point in the center (point 3). Now go to mode PenAddAnchorPoint (pen – add an intermediate point). Click and drag 3 point slightly to the right. The tail of the berry should get a little curved. That’s why he and the tail. See how it looks from me:

Step 26. Set the color to # 6c8f07. Choose a soft brush with a size of no more than 7. Activate again Pen (pen). Right click on the contour that we made, choose strokepath(underline the contour) Make sure that the Brush mode is selected in the dialog box that appears and the tick in the Simulate Pressure window is unchecked (click). Click OK, then enter.

Step 27. Place the layer with the tail above the Berry layer, but below the Leaves layer. Go to Layerstyle(layer styles) and choose InnerShadow(inner shadow) with settings: Distance (offset): 5, Size (size): 6. Leave the rest of the default settings.
Now we can merge all layers into a group. Select them, open the group and place all the layers in it. Name the group “Berry”. It’s time to open a window with a background (have you forgotten that we have a background?) And continue working. Do not worry, we are gradually getting closer to the final.

Step 28. Draw Creepers
So, we are back on the background layer with a blurred landscape.
Open a new layer (name it “Liana”). Set the base color to # 77aa01, take a soft brush (0%) with a size of 6-7. Activate Pen (pen) and put the following points:

Step 29. Now go to PenAddAnchorPoint (pen – add an intermediate point) and add a few more points. Smoothly drag them in different directions in order to achieve this effect:

Right click, choose strokepath(underline the outline). Put a tick in the window Simulate Pressure (pressure). Click OK, then enter

Step 30. Open a new layer and repeat all the steps, slightly changing the direction and bends in the second liana:

Step 31 So, we have 2 vines.
Now click on the layer with the first liana. Apply the following layer styles to it:
BevelandEmboss(Embossed): Depth (depth): 100% – Direction (direction): Down – Size: 5 – Soften (softening): 0 – Angle (angle): -137 Altitude (height): 30 Highlight Mode Opacity (backlight): 44% – Shadow Mode Opacity (shadow): 67%.

Step 32. Decorate the vines with leaves and …
Now we return to the Leaves window and drag the group into the document with a blurred background. So, as you have done with the group Berry. Resize it to look like this:

Step 33 Duplicate the group until you have enough leaves decorating both vines. You can resize, hide unnecessary leaves, expand them, etc. In short, work until you are satisfied with the result.

Step 34. Add bindweed on creepers
Set the brush size to 3. Open a new layer (name it “Convolvulus” and choose the color # 77aa01 (you already used it) and draw just such a clue:

Step 35 Now right click on the layer. Choose a team pastelayerstyle(insert layer style). You need to copy the style of the layer Liana – withopylayerstyle(copy layer style): Then reduce the first bindweed and place it on the vine like this:

Duplicate the layer 3 more times and place the bindweed on the edges of each vine. Then select all the layers with vines and spiral layers and place them in one group. Call her “Creepers 1”

Step 36. Add the berries on the vines
Go to the Berry window. It’s time for the leaves and creepers to add berries. Once click on the group name, press V and drag the Berry group into the document with the background layer (this is where all the other elements of our composition are already located). Of course, you need to resize them, put them on the bottom liana and check that the leaves are worn on top of the berries, like little hats:

Step 37. Using the right click, select the command mergegroup(merge group). Press Ctrl, and select the contents of the group. Create a new layer and place it directly below this layer. Return the colors to their original position (press D). Fill the selection with black. Press Ctrl + D and deselect. Go to Filter > Blur > GaussianBlur (filter – blur – blur according to Gauss) and set a blur radius of 3.5 pixels. Hold Ctrl, click on the Berry layer and duplicate it. Press V and drag a new berry to the top liana:

Step 38. Add Text
Now we will add text. Make the base color white. Press T and select typetool (font). Use font TwCenMTCondensedExtraBold or any other of your choice. Type the word Jungle (JUNGLE)

Step 39. Double duplicate the text layer (Ctrl + J). Change the color of the original layer (it is at the bottom) to # 0e1a03. Then right click on the submenu command rasterize (rasterize the layer) and rasterize all the text layers. Hide 2 copies. On the original text layer, apply a filter. Filter > Blur > GaussianBlur (filter – blur – blur according to Gauss) with a blur radius of 1.7 pixels.

Step 40. Now make the first copy of the text layer visible and go to Filter > Blur > MotionBlur (filter – blur – motion blur). Apply these settings: distance (offset) 68, angle (angle) 90.

Step 41 And now let’s work with the top (2) copy. First, make it visible. Apply the following layer styles:
DropShadow: Opacity (transparency): 75 – Angle (angle): -90 – Distance (offset): 0 – Spread (span): 0, Size (size): 6
InnerShadow: Opacity (transparency): 75, Angle (angle): 90, Distance (offset): 5, Choke (dragging): 0, Size (size): 9
InnerGlow: Blend Mode (blend mode): Hard Light (hard light). Opacity (opacity): 75, Color (color): a6c439, Technique (method): Softer (softening), Source (source): Edge (at the edges), Choke (tightening): 0, Size (size): 9
Stroke(stroke): Size (Size): 1, Position (Outside): Outside, Color (Color): 202b0e

Step 42 Now duplicate the group “Liana 1”. Combine all the layers in it, press V and drag the word Jungle:

Step 43 Now be very careful. You are taking erasetool (eraser), set the brush size to 7. We will need to erase a few pieces of vines in such a way that would create an effect that they twist around the text and pass through it. See:

Step 44. Now add a style to this layer. dropshadow (cast a shadow).
Distance (offset): 6, spread (span): 0.
And now we will add a berry on the lower liana wrapped around our text:

Step 45. Almost done. Return to the original document Berry. Press V and drag the group into the main document again. Change the size (now our berry needs to be enlarged sufficiently), turn it around a bit and place it in the upper left corner:

Step 46 Now do the same (step 45) with the “Leaves” group. Resize and place the paper in the upper right corner. Beauty!

Step 47. Well, the final chord. We will need a magic brush, which you can download absolutely free on the website brusheezy.com. If you do not want to download anything – it does not matter either. Take 2 brushes with dimensions of 2-3 pixels, open a new layer under the other layers, draw such points as mine and blur them a little with the filter GaussianBlur(Gaussian blur). At this stage, you can do whatever your heart desires. But, nevertheless, be guided by my picture.

Step 48 So you painted on a separate layer, you can always take erasetool (eraser) with 0% stiffness and size of 17 pixels and remove points you do not like:

Step 49 The last thing we need to do in this lesson is: Double click on a layer with dots. Apply a layer style to it. OuterGlow (external glow). Leave the default settings:

And here is another option.

That’s it, we’re done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. You can dream up further by adding your details to the created composition.

To all of you – success and see you soon!

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