Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour


Submitted on
May 10, 2011
Image Size
4.2 MB


115,623 (5 today)
11,957 (who?)
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.
Add a Comment:

Daily Deviation

Given 2013-04-13
[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 )
zepIyn 1 day ago  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)
NextToArt Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this! :)
Igbythesnail 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! 
kalambo Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm glad! You're welcome!!! C:
This will surely help me with creating backgrounds, thanks for making this!
kalambo Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! : D
monkeymonkeyman Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, as reqeusted, here's the background i created using your tutorial…

kalambo Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem!
Looks awesome, glad it was helpful! (:
megaZer047 Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Landscapes are the hardest. So this tutorial will help me out alot.
kalambo Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, like everything they are difficult to begin with but get easier with practice. :)
I hope it helps!
Add a Comment: