First A Couple of General Notes
When you are using any of the paint tools you must set your presets prior to choosing your color or it will revert back to the default color
also once you choose your color the preset will go back to showing none but it does in fact keep your choice

Remember to Save often, once you save - clear your undo history.
If you find a setting you like or think you will use often refer to this snapshot tutorial by Debbie Hardisty on how to save your favorite brushes.
Saving Brush Settings to your Easy Palette

Also most all the settings specified in this tut are done with the brush panel.So once you set your Preset.....all other settings can be done from the brush panel
If you are not familiar with the brush panel settings and where they are located I would recommend referring to this tut prior to starting

This can be done with a Wacom tablet or with a mouse.The settings are all approximate as each person will use a different amount of pressure or a firmer or softer stroke.Also remember the undo is a very important tool and you will need lots of patience. A lot of steps seem repetitive but when you are trying to achieve a certain look you may have to try several different tools to get the look you want.So it is kind of a back and forth process.(which is where the patience comes in)

Painting in Mode versus not

Please note that you may find it much easier to manipulate your painting if you were to paint in object mode.
Advantages to painting in mode is that you can paint a little bit at a time making it an object. If you decide later on down the line that you don't like that particular tree in that spot but it might look better on the other side of the canvas, you can simply move it over.
It also makes it easier should you require to blend certain aspects of your painting.

All colors listed in this tutorial are using the Windows color picker using Hue>Saturation>Luminosity

Open a new White Canvas
Size approximately 500x400
Click on the Mode Button
I started by laying a base coat
Paint brush size 50 transparency 40
soft edge 100
color H 137 S 58 L 92
change to Bristle
Preset Grass
size 40
brush head size 3
density 18

color H 138 S 57 L 126
multi color sliders 0 30 10

advanced tab spacing 10
and drag across your base coat



Bristle Split 3
size 46
brush head size 8
density 20
color H 120 S 33 L 172
multicolor sliders 3 25 0


Oil Paint
Preset Drop
size 16
brush head size 2
density 10
transparency 76
color H 120 S 33 L 203
multicolor slider 0 22 13

change color to H 118 S 64 L 220
multicolorslider 20 22 7

and lightly go over top

warp tool
size 50
level 65
soft edge 50

blend and shape your waves
like this pic

Preset Gritty Charcoal
transparency 30
weight 82
distribution 52
color H 129 S 214 L 231
multicolor slider 0 0 18
advanced tab spacing 21

Bristle Smear Tool
Size 25
Level 65
brush head size 10
density 50
random 20
wet control - wet
transparency 100
advanced tab spacing 30
run very lightly along edges of breakers
then changing only the wet control tab to - dry
run over the edges and the rest of the picture gently

Preset Soft charcoal
size 25
weight 82
distribution 52
transparency 94
color H137 S 88 L 110
multicolor slider 0 0 31
run along top and bottom of waves for some depth

Click out of mode
Select all objects
Group and Duplicate

Move the duplicate and Merge it as a single object-duplicate this again

Take one of the duplicates and using the transform tool (unlocked) resize and place behind(above) the 2 original waves then do the same with the other duplicate resizing again to make your distant waves. You may want to play with the transparency and use the eraser or paintbrush to blend these in to your original picture.

(You may want to save this in your EP for future use-would make a good base)

Click back in Mode
Using the Burn tool
Edge Burn
Size 5
Level 23
soft edge 76
add some shading to your water and edges of your waves.
Dodge tool
Edge light
size 5
level 50
soft edge 50
add some white highlights to your waves and some light spots to your water

size 25
Level 3
soft edge 75
advanced tab spacing 50
run over edges of waves several times and then lightly over remainder of picture
Charcoal Default Preset
size 60
transparency 89
weight 100
distribution 52
H 131 S 48 L 205
advanced tab spacing 21
add a little foam in between waves

Sharpen again
Size 25
soft edge 77
advanced tab spacing 50
run over dark areas

Now the rest is up to you.
Here is what I did.
Expand Canvas Top
Paint in your sky picking up a color from your water
I used the Particle Brush Leaf Preset
size 65 w 40 h trans 60 softedge 100 and painted in some clouds
make your horizon line using the straight line option . I used the Paintbrush Ribbon preset with a texture and put in a couple of faint mountains in the distance.
Then I added a couple of seagulls and a fishing boat I had painted before.
If you add a boat remember to paint your whitewater around the sides and back of the boat.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial

If you have any questions
email me