- How to make trees in Photoshop
- How to make a tree in Photoshop
- Using Photoshop’s Tree Filter Dialog
- How to manipulate photoshop tree
- How to Create Fall Leaves Using Photoshop’s Tree Filter
How to make trees in Photoshop
If there’s one thing we love about Photoshop, it’s that it’s so rich and feature-packed that you’re missing out on something. Did you know that Photoshop CC introduced the tree filter and moved it to the Filter menu in the CC 2014 release? Not you? We also. Thanks to Adobe Photoshop evangelist Julianne Kost, we now know where the tree filter is.
In this How To, we’ll look at using the tree filter in Photoshop and some really useful things you can do with it. Let’s start.
How to make a tree in Photoshop
The first thing you need to do is create a new Photoshop document and add a layer called Tree. This ensures that you can further manipulate your tree after it has been created.
Select with the tree layer selected Filters > Rendering > Tree to open the Tree Filter dialog box.
Using Photoshop’s Tree Filter Dialog
When opened, the Tree Filter dialog shown above can be a little intimidating. Let’s walk through the dialog:
- Base tree type † This drop-down list contains 34 types of trees to choose from. Each item contains a small image of a tree. If you would like to see a larger version of the trees, Julianne Kost has provided you with an accessible PDF of the trees. Let’s choose Oak.
- light direction † This slider sets the direction of the light, in degrees, hitting the tree.
- Tilt camera † This slider allows you to change the camera angle for your tree. Let’s pick 7 of them.
- Number of leaves: You can go from a winter look – 0 leaves – to full bushes by setting it to 100. The default is 41 and I’m fine.
- sheet size: † This slider allows you to go from button – 0 – to full summer foliage – 200 – by moving the slider or entering a value. I chose 100.
- Branch height: † This slider determines how far the branches start in the tree trunk. A value of 70 launches branches close to the ground, and up to 300 places them in the canopy of the tree. I went with the standard 124.
- Branch Thickness: You can have some fun with this slider. A value of 0 results in a tree with no trunk and a maximum value of 200 results in a rather majestic old oak tree. I went with a value of 150.
- Goes by default † Uncheck this box and you can create your own tree using any of the 16 leaf types in the drop-down list.
- colors and shadow obvious.
- Regulation † The Arrange slider allows you to “adjust” the shape of the tree. Values range from 1 to 100. I went with a value of 45.
If you are satisfied, click on Okay †
How to manipulate photoshop tree
Now that you have a tree, now what? If you are planning to create a grove or even a forest of trees, your next step is to convert your tree into a smart object.
Smart Objects enable non-destructive editing in Photoshop. For example, if you try to shrink your tree, accept the change, and then scale the object to a slightly larger size, your tree will grow with jagged pixels and become blurry because you’ve only increased the pixels. To turn a tree into a smart object:
Open panel layers and press right click on the tree layer. Select C turn into a smart object t in the context menu that appears. When you do this, your layer will have a small smart object icon on the thumbnail. Double-clicking this icon will open your family tree in a separate .psb document. This is a smart object.
Close the .psb file to return to the main .psd file and scale the structure. From here you can make copies of the smart object and scale and move them to create quite a few trees.
How to Create Fall Leaves Using Photoshop’s Tree Filter
If you really think about it, creating fall foliage is very much like fall… the leaves change color. In this example I have created and selected a maple Using custom color for leaves † I clicked once on the color chip to open the color picker and selected Orange from the list. If you close the color palette, the leaves of the tree will change color. If you’re an absolute purist, open an image with trees in their fall foliage, pick a color that catches your eye, and use that instead.