Oct 30, 2015

Digital Deer Painting Maple Leaves Adjustment

As you saw in my previous post, I've been playing around ArtRage's Sticker Spray tool to paint leaves on my maple tree. I said one of the nice things about this tool is that, after you've sprayed your leaves on the tree, you can still go back and move, rotate, scale, and flip individual leaves to get a more natural look. Today I've discovered you can also go back and adjust the hue, saturation, and luminosity of individual leaves which helps even more in reducing a repetitive look in your tree.

Here's an example of a little problem area in my tree. We have a few leaves near each other that are too similar. I've circled the groups of similar leaves that I want to change.

You can tell with the orange leaves circled in blue that they are actual the same leaf image. While my maple leaves Sticker Spray variation settings do have some randomness to the color and rotation, sometimes that randomness just doesn't produce a noticeable difference. This is where we need to go in and tweak some of the leaves.

When I right-click on a leaf sticker in ArtRage I get a menu. Selecting the option for Sticker Tint brings up another panel with adjustment sliders for Hue, Luminance, and Saturation, as well as RGB (Red, Green, Blue).

My main gripe about this tool is there is no preview. So you don't know what your adjustments are going to do to your leaf until after you apply it by clicking OK. Then if you don't like the results you have to use Undo and try again. Fortunately, it didn't take too much fiddling to get a feel of what it does, so it wasn't too bad.

Here's another image after I did some quick moving, rotating, and adjusting of leaf colors. In this picture, if someone hadn't pointed it out to you, I think you'd be much less likely to notice some of the leaves were actually created from the same image. So with just a few quick tweaks we have things looking a bit more natural.

You can adjust things like opacity on individual stickers, which might be useful when painting things like rain drops, or balloons, or jellyfish. But I don't have much use for that here so we'll leave it at this for now.

1 comment:

Alan Fiftythree said...

Great job, the picture and the tutorial.
Thank you.

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