How to Make Grass Greener Using Adobe Photoshop?
Having a full, healthy looking lawn can help enhance your listing’s value and make it look even more enticing for potential clients. By showcasing a well-maintained lawn in your visuals, you are indirectly communicating to your audience that your property is an investment worth considering, as it can very well be a great place to settle down in.
However, even if your lawn is properly maintained, there will be some seasons wherein it may not look as vibrant and lush due to harsh sunlight and other weather conditions. Similarly, there may be times when you can find visible patches here and there. Luckily, there is a quick and easy fix for that using Adobe Photoshop.
Below, we give you a step-by-step guide on how to properly prep the “welcoming mat” of your listing, and help add value to your property’s images.
Layer Blend Editing Technique To Replace Brown Grass Patches With Green Grass
If you have a full looking lawn but notice it is greatly lacking in color, there are ways to simply shift the dull brown surface to lush green grass in a matter of minutes.
Step 1: Open your image in Adobe Photoshop and create a duplicate layer to edit on it non-destructively.
Step 2: Set the Layer Blend Mode to Soft Light or Color.
Step 3: Select the Brush Tool and choose the shade of green that you want your grass to be from the Color Picker.
Step 4: Slowly paint over the dull, brown grass with the green brush. This allows the color to show through without changing the texture of the grass itself.
Step 5: If you may have painted over some areas by mistake, you may simply choose the Eraser Tool and apply over the areas.
Step 6: Once that is set, open up the Levels adjustment panel and adjust the far right hand pointer to balance out the saturation of the image.
Step 7: Lastly, adjust the Opacity of the colored layer and have it blend naturally with the original image.
What Is The Fastest Way To Make Grass Greener In Photos?
While the above method is a great way to turn brown and dry grass into a lively lawn, there is an even as faster, yet less precise, way of getting the job done. This method will be utilizing the Hue and Saturation slider, and it does a decent color grading on your entire image all at once. Here’s how to go about it:
Step 1: Add a new Adjustment Layer over your original photo and select Hue/Saturation.
Step 2: Open up the Properties panel to see all the adjustment settings.
Step 3: Change the Master color mode to Yellows and then move the Hue slider to the right hand side. This should help make somewhat brown grass greener.
Step 4: Adjust the Saturation and Lightness sliders as you see fit.
Step 5: You may also change the Yellows color mode to Greens color mode and adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness sliders as you please.
How Do You Make A Lawn In Adobe Photoshop?
If you do not have much to work with, not even dull and brown grass, then you can apply the COM technique in order to replace your image’s current lawn with a photo of another lawn you like.
This method requires a little more steps to it but it should come out very natural and realistic looking as the two photos blend together.
COM stands for Color, Overlay, and Multiply, which are the 3 main steps to the technique. Here’s how to go about it:
Step 1: Open your original photo, and place the photo of your ideal lawn on top of it.
Step 2: Use the Clipping Mask Tool or other Photoshop tools you are more comfortable with to match the shape of your ideal lawn with your original photo’s lawn. Think of it as molding the replacement image to fit perfectly over the current one.
Step 3: Once the shapes are good to go, duplicate your ideal lawn layer twice, resulting in a total of 3 idea lawn layers.
Step 4: Set the top most layer to 40% opacity.
Step 5: Set the layer below it to 50% opacity.
Step 6: Set the last ideal grass layer to 40% opacity and then change its Blend Mode to Multiply.
Step 7: Hold down the Command button and select I, to invert the layer.
Step 8: Use either the Pen Tool or Lasso Tool to trace around the original lawn that needs replacement, and ensure that your feather setting is between 0.5% to 1.5% only so that the edges of your masking layer look smooth.
Step 9: Once the area has been successfully traced, hit the Delete button to reveal the layers underneath. You may now merge all four layers together, resulting in one final image with a brand new lawn.
How Do You Make Realistic Grass in Photoshop?
If you prefer to make grass instead of just enhancing your image’s color or replacing patches with another image, you can do so by creating your very own Photoshop brush.
Step 1: Find a close-up image of grass and open it up on Photoshop. Ideally, the background should be a plain color since you will need to edit it out.
Step 2: Use your preferred tool to delete the background, leaving you with just the grass in the image.
Step 3: If the image you selected does not have cornered or sharp edges, then you may utilize this in making your brush and skip to Step 10. If not, then continue on Step 4.
Step 4: Duplicate your grass layer.
Step 5: Select the Lasso Tool and set the feather to 20 to 30 pixels.
Step 6: Trace along a selection of your grass image that you want to turn into a brush.
Step 7: You may click Select and Mask at the top of the screen for more advanced feathering options.
Step 8: If you are happy with your selection, select Mask.
Step 9: Then go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate
Step 10: Select Edit > Define Brush Preset > Save
Now you have created your very own grass brush!
How To Use Your Grass Brush
You can find it in your Brushes options. We suggest spacing it out a little bit and adjust to your preferences under Brush Settings. Choose your foreground and background hues and simply start applying the brush onto your image. That’s all there is to it!