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Background tutorial - Part 1 by kalambo Background tutorial - Part 1 by kalambo
EDIT June 2012: WOW. I'm amazed at how helpful people have found this...

EDIT April 13 2013: Aaaah thank you so much for the DD, i am in shock ;A; Many thanks to *spring-sky for suggesting and ^Elandria for featuring and to everyone else for supporting me!

EDIT April 14 2013: Changed the font and font colour to make it easier to read! I've been meaning to do that for a while xD


Plus you must press quite hard when doing the grass if you're using a graphics tablet or ensure that the smudge tool strength is around 90-100%.

(thanks to ~TornIntegral for the second note)

Part 2

I hope that it makes sense! None of it is scientifically accurate or anything, it's just my observations and thoughts :)

Use these tutorials as a way of helping you to develop your own techniques. Try out slightly different methods to see which works best for you.

Enjoy! Feel free to ask questions.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could credit me under your pictures if you've heavily referenced from these tutorials but no worries if you haven't. And i'd love it if you could post links here so i can se what you've done :)

I'd like to say a thank you to ~MissNysha and this tutorial [link] where i was originally inspired into this grass technique c:

Done in Photoshop CS4.
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[Stock & Resources] The suggester states - "I know so many artists who have difficulties with drawing backgrounds , but *kalambo's series of tutorials show us that backgrounds can be an easy and entertaining thing to draw." Background tutorial - Part 1 by *kalambo ( Suggested by spring-sky and Featured by Elandria )
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LuizKanis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
OMG! thanks!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
:) !!
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DeathBoneDragon666 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i use paint.net so i can only blend colors if i have certain plugins so
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Sushiwhiskers Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
i don't have photoshop, and for me its hard to blend colors
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wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016   Artist
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kalambo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
<3
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maumaukapow Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Great tips!!!:D (Big Grin)

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kalambo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016
Thanks!
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Sarathefriday13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TYSM it hepled a lot :D 
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kalambo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
No worries, i'm glad!
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Sarathefriday13 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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ExivalArgent Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tHIS IS SO HELPFUL THANK YOU SO MUCH <33
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
I'm glad! No problem : D
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DarknessOnly13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Just what I needed, thanks!
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kalambo Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
No problem!
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DarknessOnly13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
;u;
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Daz-zle1SIREN Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! Tutorials help me become a better artist. :happybounce:
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kalambo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
No worries! Glad it's helpful! :)
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Pinkapplepie66 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Well, THIS is helpful!
I really really like it and am happy that you described those techniques in an easy way :)
:heart: well done!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Thanks! Glad it's useful! <3
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KinlexXx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like a lot of, ^_^
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kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Thanks! :la:
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sassrome88 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I understand it so clearly now O.o Thanks for te awesome Tutorial!!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Yay! No problem! :)
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Laforest-Studios Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, your words are good to understand :)
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
<33
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Ebeheng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Everything in here's soo pretty!! Starstruck / Starry Eyed  This helped me soo much thank you thank you!!!!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Thank you!! I'm glad, you're very welcome!! :la:
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Cria-Nightshade Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, thank you so much!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
thanks, no problem!!
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FrenkieArt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
I love this tutorial. Best thing is you're not using some fancy Photoshop tools or brushes so it can be easily replicated in any program.
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kalambo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Thank you! I'm glad it's useful : D
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Lavilovesyou Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet tutorial definitely using! ty
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Thanks! I'm glad it's useful (':
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RainySpringMorning Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Remarkable tutorial. I'll be sure to reference this! :D
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kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Thank you!! : D
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AmberwingKnight Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, wow! I have been looking for a tutorial on how to paint grass, and how to paint water using photoshop and this by far is the one I understood the best! 

Thank you for posting this!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thank you!!
You're welcome! :'D
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lsolation Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Great background tutorials!
I'm gonna put them all in my favourite
s. =) 
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kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Thanks!! :D
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Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome!
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kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
thank you! (:
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Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, thank you! :love:
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kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Thanks, you're welcome! :dummy:
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Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp:
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quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! Always wondered how to draw waterfall spray.
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kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
No problem! :)
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done! this helps out a lot! :clap:
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kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Thanks!! :)
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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