Do you ever draw illustrations with backgrounds?
This article is for people who find drawing backgrounds and landscapes difficult. I’d like to show you some easy patterns for drawing backgrounds using shape tools, etc!

If you are clicked on this article, then I’m sure you are looking for ways to improve your backgrounds.
So, I’d like to introduce some background patterns that suit your needs.

1. What colors should I use?

When you see a white background, it still makes you unclear on what you want to draw or what colors to use.
For those who are truly lost, I recommend the color”gray” and a “rectangle”.

It makes a perfect background for illustrations with a stylish image.
Let’s take a look at how to do it.

Create a new layer under the character layer.

Select a suitable gray color from the color palette and select the Fill tool.

Select the short form

Drag the cursor to place a large rectangle on the screen so that it extends beyond the canvas.

This is not symmetrical, so we want to move the rectangle to the center.

Select Move from the Layers tab and choose “Center”.

The rectangle has been placed in the middle.

Now I would like to explain the key points of how to choose your best gray colors.

Here is an illustration with two patterns of gray background.

Here is a version that reduces the color saturation of the characters.

you can see by comparing the two above, that the background saturation on the right is too strong.
If the background is light gray, it will not interfere with the presence of the characters.

In addition to vertical rectangles, you can also use horizontal rectangles or rectangles placed diagonally.


2. Use polygons and shapes outside of rectangles

A simple rectangle with a gray color might be a bit too simple for a character with a sense of energy like this one.

The next step is to create the background using the shape tools “Ellipse” and “Tile”.

Select the Fill tool, then select Ellipse from the Shape tool.

Check the Fixed aspect ratio checkbox.

Hide the character once and decide the size of the circle.
Once you have determined the approximate size, decide where to place the circles.
Here, I placed three circles.

This time, we want to make this circle a dotted circle.

Create a new layer for placing the dots on top of the circle layer we just placed.

Select a dot of the desired size from the tiles.
In this case, we used MT000030-350 Ami 10L30%.
Choose to stick it on the campus.

The background has become dotted

Select the circle layer, and from the Selections tab, choose “Create from Layer/Opacity”.

This will select the “circle” part of the image. (For clarity, the dot layer has been removed.

This time, we want to select the “non-circle range” and cut out the dots in the unwanted range, so select “Invert” from the Select Range tab and select the non-circle range.

Select the dot layer where you want to cut out the circle, and choose “Clear” from the Layers tab.

The background of the dotted circle is now complete.
If you hide the basic circle, the dotted circle is complete.

Change the color of the dots.
Create a new layer on top of the dot layer.

Select the color you want for the background, fill the campus, and check the Clipping box.

And it’s complete!

This can be applied to more than just ovals, so try it with any shape you like.


3. Extra

I introduced how to draw backgrounds using various tools, but I think some of you may find those difficult.
For those who do, I recommend “hand-drawn illustrations”.

The image of the character I drew this time was “panda”, so I will draw a panda.

As you copy and paste, change the angle and place it appropriately.

Don’t put them in the same place vertically.
Don’t put nearby objects at the same angle.
If you can be aware of the following, I think it will make a good pattern.

The panda line between the character and the background was bothering me, so I would like to add a white edge around the character.

Create a new layer for the white border under the character layer.

Select a range of characters, and after selecting them, select “Expand”.

After that, type in the number of pixels you want to expand.

Here, I extended it by 10 pixels.

You can now select the range of the white edge.

Select the previously created layer for the edge, choose white from the color circle, and select Fill from the Layer tab.

The white ruffles are ready.


4. Conclusion

What did you think?
I hope it will make you feel less afraid of drawing backgrounds.
And I hope you will challenge at illustrating variety of backgrounds.

(Text and pictures by Mido Hachino)
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