Tree We can’t always have beautiful trees in fields for the best photo ops… or can we? Photoshop has a filter called Render Tree. It’s a neat little filter that while clever, very rarely can pass as a real tree. However, if you look at a photo of a real tree in a field, you can see all the things that need to happen to a rendered tree to make it appear realistic.

In today’s video, I am going to see if I can make a rendered tree look as real as possible. To make the stakes a little more challenging, I am going to see if I can put it all into a one-click action for you to experiment with!

Below are the chapters for the video, which also list the different elements we can use to make a rendered tree appear more realistic.

***Video Chapters***

00:00 Introduction
00:30 Can Blake Render a Tree and Turn it Into an Action?
00:54 How to Render a Tree in Photoshop
05:08 How to Make Rendered Trees Look Real
06:32 Blurring the Tree for Realism
07:38 Adding Noise to Match the Background
08:35 Adding a Shadow
10:12 adding Fibers to the Tree Trunk
11:53 Adding Chromatic Aberration
13:12 Color Grading to Tie the Tree to the Background
14:56 Refining the Tree Trunk to Cut Grass

Did you know…

Bob Ross served 20 years in the Air Force. He was a First Sergeant at Eielson AFB.

I am currently serving as a First Sergeant in the Air National guard. I have 10 months left on a 20-year enlistment.

I would love to have picked his brain on both his art and his time as a Frist Sergeant. The stories we could tell each other!

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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