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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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Ebeheng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  New member 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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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you!! I'm glad, you're very welcome!! :la:
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Cria-Nightshade Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous, thank you so much!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
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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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
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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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it's useful (':
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RainySpringMorning Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Remarkable tutorial. I'll be sure to reference this! :D
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student General Artist
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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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!!
You're welcome! :'D
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:iconlsolation:
lsolation Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Great background tutorials!
I'm gonna put them all in my favourite
s. =) 
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!! :D
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:iconakimune:
Akimune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you! (:
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:iconwerehorse89:
Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, thank you! :love:
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks, you're welcome! :dummy:
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:iconwerehorse89:
Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp:
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:iconquietpeople:
quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! Always wondered how to draw waterfall spray.
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! :)
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nicely done! this helps out a lot! :clap:
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!! :)
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:iconhuntern05:
hunterN05 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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Fraghound92 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Beautiful, and so very very helpful! Thank you so much for making this tutorial! 8D
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! No problem, i'm glad that it's useful!! :la:
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14iv19 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Beautiful!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!! (:
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LoneWolfDreamerTsume Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was INCREDIBLY helpful! Thank you so much for posting!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! No problem!! :))
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AimiSeni Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student
thank you.
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TheDarkXelloss Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God, this is hard, I can't make the grass look nice, I make it look weird and so unnatural... I think I'm not blending the colors correctly, it's kind of hard with a mouse, but still.... This is a very nice tutorial!, even though I'm screwing it up xD thank you very much for sharing!
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zepIyn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! ;o;
I use the grass technique a lot ;w; although I still have a lot to learn xD. Thank you so much and a well-earned DD (I know it's late but o well)
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NextToArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this! :)
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Igbythesnail Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Artist
I just got a tablet for my birthday and this tutorial is going to be so helpful! Thank you for making! 
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad! You're welcome!!! C:
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
This will surely help me with creating backgrounds, thanks for making this!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! : D
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monkeymonkeyman Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, as reqeusted, here's the background i created using your tutorial monkeymonkeyman.deviantart.com…

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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem!
Looks awesome, glad it was helpful! (:
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megaZer047 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Landscapes are the hardest. So this tutorial will help me out alot.
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, like everything they are difficult to begin with but get easier with practice. :)
I hope it helps!
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LauraBeh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
it's so helpful! Thanks a lot for this tutorial!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks, i'm glad! You're welcome! :)
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Nyatuxi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your lesson is awesome! Can I translate it to Russian?
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Bersenev Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for the tutorial *^*
it helped I think xD

bersenev.deviantart.com/art/La…

(and sorry for drawing one of the pic's on it q.q It was just what I searched for as reference ...)
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
That's fine, so long as you learnt something (:
It looks really good too! : D
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Guizhelhert Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing! ^^ Thanks a lot!
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:iconkalambo:
kalambo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! You're welcome C:
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Guizhelhert Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm glad you like! Thank you too^^ 
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