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Part 3: Ground & Foliage
Step 1
The next stage is relatively simple - creating the ground from which our tree has grown.

Create a rectangle that covers the bottom third of the picture, and fill it with a blend similar to that of the tree’s shadow - from grey to white.

By using this blend, the ground now fades towards the horizon.

Step 2
Now we are ready to start adding some foliage to the tree - or what might be seen as some green text!

Each branch is designated an issue which I feel is important in the running of a country - and these words in turn become the leaves of the tree.

Each word is given a fill blend, from dark to light green - which creates a rounded feel to the foliage. Then, the rotate tool is used to varying degrees on each word to accentuate the curvature of the tree.

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