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Tutorial: Creating virtual bonsai by Rod Lovett

8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #16057 by Rod Lovett
G`day all , firstly can I apologise to anyone who was reading this post while I was mucking around with it yesterday. I am very new to the computer world , though I am getting there. Anyway the reason for this post is I get a lot of people ask me how to do virts and can I do them a virt. Even though I am always happy to do virts for people ,I do think it would be great if they could do their own , this would allow them to add their own touch to the composition or they could adjust one that me or others have done for them.
I don`t want to go into a long winded written explanation on how I do, them instead I have done a series of pic in stages trying to explain it. I have used a pic of our Hawaiian friend Tims boug, thanks mate . The program I use is paint . net that is a free download , and I basically use two tools in it the clone tool and the paint brush. A good thing to remember it that you can enlarge the pic which makes it heaps easier if you are doing fine work.

Oh by the way I`m sure that there are plenty of ways to do this
and thats great , but this is what works for this old bloke and I seem to get good feed back on the end result. If someone is out there that can teach me how to add a pot to my trees in this program I would love to have a lesson. Please please ask if you dont understand I am very happy to help if I can, or maybe someone else will that way we all learn after all we are one big team.
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Wow guys how many times do we need to thank Brenden this is so much easier to use . I hope this helps , remember ask if you dont know .
I`m sorry I just realised I forgot to mention on my last pic it is always good to add some front branches. It may seem a little slow at first but after a while you will get faster and faster.
Rod.....

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #16064 by Shannon young
Good one mate. Great presentation!!!:D
Like virt #2 the best!

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8 years 9 months ago #16074 by Rod Lovett
Thanks Shan.

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8 years 9 months ago #16075 by Peter Woosley
Rod, with your background, do you do it with that sort of texture for a reason? I do mine with the paint brush or spray can in the the same colour as the background objects. Just curious mate, i quite like the textured look you have given it.

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8 years 9 months ago #16076 by Rod Lovett
Mate it`s just how it comes out when I clone the background , I find it quicker to clone it than to change the complete colour . If all of the background colour is changed it has to be done with more detail around the trunkline or if you leave some foliage on then it becomes a pain getting in behind it. On some trees I do the black thing.
Rod...

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #16077 by Peter Woosley
Yes i agree Rod. What i mean is just select the background color and paint the rest in it. I will copy your original picture and show you what i mean. Just a quick one mate, but all i do is color the area that needs to be colored in a matching color to the main background. Its easy to do, but as i said, i quite like the texture in the way you have done it.


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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #16078 by Rod Lovett
Sounds good mate I am always up to learning something new. Oh hang on are you talking about selecting a colour similar to the colour of the background.
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8 years 9 months ago #16079 by Peter Woosley
Yes mate. I just select an area close to the area that i want to change and fill it with that color.

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8 years 9 months ago #16082 by Shannon young
Here we go guy's did my firts Rod style virt:)
Still basic but I'm getting there!

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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #16084 by Rod Lovett
Way to go Shan ,I think you have done a good job you can see why people doing virts like a clean background.

Mate a few pointers, it would look more realistic with the layers of foliage more defined.
Another thing I do when I have a lot background like you have is to use the rectangle tool and crop it out making the tree bigger.
Hey mate I was just thinking it would be good to see a little action on this tree, when are we going to see it wired out?

Rod...

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