I’ve had a few questions about how I created the Whispy tree digital artwork. This post is all about how to make your own digital artwork.
Let’s get into the step by step process to learn how this piece was created. For the original whispy tree image I drew the background by hand. But, for these videos I downloaded a background image from Canva. The steps that are outlined here are for making this digital art on a Mac.
Step 1 – Choose or make an interesting background and save to preview on your Mac.
Save as a PNG file so that you can make changes to it. The circular icon that looks like it has a marker inside of it that is beside the search field is where you go to be able to see the launch pad. This is where you make edits to your download. When you click it, all of your tools are displayed so that you can pick and choose the one that works for the image you are making. Here’s the background I chose before I started the design.
Step 2 – Here is an image of the toolbar.
I used the rectangle selection to make the stem of the tree. The stem is tricky because it is thin, if you really want your tree to look easy going then you don’t have to use the rectangle selection. I prefer to use the rectangle selection since I’m not the greatest at using the track pad or mouse. When you have the shape and size you’d like hit the delete button on your keyboard.
Step 3 – After you’ve finished making the stem, use lasso selection and crop out each leaf.
The best part of this is that you can see the shape before you decide to cut. If you cut the image out and decide you don’t like it or make a mistake go back edit and undo. Or, if you don’t like what you’ve done and haven’t cut it yet just click outside of your selection and what you drew will disappear. When you have a shape that you like click delete on your laptop and there is your leaf.
Step 4 – Add in the grass at the bottom of the tree.
And you’re all done! Unless, like me you decide to add in a few more leaves.
Here’s the finished image.
Keep in mind that whatever background colour you choose will fill in the cutout parts of your image. I went back to Canva and chose a gradient background for this image and here is the finished product.
Thank you for joining me today and take care of yourselves. Be back soon! 🙂