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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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Keep-On-Cantering Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! 
MEG4LOVANIA 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!
walktrotcanter7 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very simple and very beautiful background and an AMAZING tutorial! Thank you so much!
Umeko Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
its nice but its hard to read with the white text on the soft green. I'd suggest using a darker color for the font when the bg is bright
fillyrox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Idea!
Fillyfalls Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful tutorial, definitely giving it a try. Thanks for making this c:
Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! :wow: There's just one thing... I'm having a lot of trouble reading the white text you use in the image itself to describe the steps. I'm not sure how hard it would be... but could you possibly make it a darker color? I dunno, maybe black? Or instead of leaving the background the deviantART-grey, give it another color so it stands out? Then I could focus more on the the steps and how you did them rather than squinting.

I dunno, just a suggestion. I absolutely love, and I mean LOVE the tutorial itself! :love: It's so basic and easy, anyone can do it! And it looks SO good! I know this is going to help a lot of people! I hope you'll allow me to add it to my horse-tutorial group so it can reach even more people! :glomp:
KalahariRose Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! This will be very useful in the future. Thanks!
DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial, but the white text causes a good bit of eye strain against DA's grey-green background. It might be worth making another version with darker text?
freedomfighter93 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'd have to agree with you there. Or perhaps removing the transparency and inserting a darker background?
AmigoGirl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i trully want to use the brushes, but sadly, they dont work for SAI. I also have gimp, so ill try that I guess.
Shayla-Estate Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Gimp will accept most brushes. I use Gimp and brushes myself. You'll have to remember to move any brushes you download from the "download" folder of your computer to the right folder for Gimp on your computer. I can tell you how to do this if you need me to. I just thought I'd let you know that you'll be able to use brushes if you use Gimp.
AmigoGirl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would really use some help ;)
Shayla-Estate Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Okay. No problem. Let me note it to you.
ArcanaMajor Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
This is really great. Wish I could use those brushes in SAI, haha. Very impressive, though. :)
Delorya Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful to people that are new to HARPG - faving so it might reach just a bit more people :)
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September 13, 2011
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