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September 13, 2011
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Making a Simple Background by JNFerrigno Making a Simple Background by JNFerrigno
Created for anyone to use, but specifically targeted for HARPG members who feel that backgrounds are to hard, and to challenging to make. With this tutorial you should be able to make a background in a matter of minutes. Remember, your horses are like your business card. Their design is going to reflect on how people see you, and if you are remembered.

Program Used: Photo Shop
Time Taken: 20 minutes
Number of Colors: 15 (you can use less)
Number of Layers: 9 (you can use less)
Tablet Friendly: Yes
Mouse Friendly: Yes, but give yourself another 15 minutes for working time.
Skill Level: Beginner

Brushes Used
Cloud Brushes
Tree Brushes
Grass Brushes
Bird Brushes
Plant Brushes
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Kotori-PiyoPiyo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would i be able to adapt these instructions to make this background in GIMP?
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Artist
I like this tutorial!
Starcather9 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Erm. This isn't working with PS CS5 Extended....
BlondeLeafy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Oh gosh this make it seem so simple:) Excellent tutorial, will be using this soon
TuscanViewStables Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. ^^ gives me a great idea on how to start learning how to paint a proper background.
lantairvlea Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The new text makes it MUCH easier to read!

Of course stock brushes aren't a substitute for actually painting the background, but it's better than nothing and at least gets people thinking about a WHOLE image and not just "character standing in white void."
JNFerrigno Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I may do another one. But seriously I can get these backgrounds done in like 15 minutes, that one maybe a little more. With so many tools and brushes, not having a background is no excuse any more. Heck, I even have premade ones people can use.

This specially helps out, because so many show hosts got a stick up their bums about reusing the same background. So you can move things around to give more of a panoramic view of their arena or something.
lantairvlea Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At least a drawn one (even with pre-fab brushes) looks a bit better than slapping in a photo background.

I don't see an issue with reusing a background for the same show, but I personally draw each one, mostly because I'm often working traditionally rather than digitally and there's not much choice in that instance.

Backgrounds aren't nearly as scary as many people think they are, just stick to simple, quiet, and blurry and they'll do fine!

I find it slightly amusing that you use the RBG (?) color codes in the tutorial, I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that before.
JNFerrigno Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
LOL I'm a dork like that. That way people can 're create' the same thing. I do that with a lot of my tutorials for digi. Figure if I tell you what pencils I use for colored pencil, might as well do the same for digi.
lantairvlea Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes sense!
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