photoshop cloud tutorial

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photoshop cloud tutorial

Make quick, easy clouds with texture.
(Less than 15 minutes, no talent required.)

  1. Create a blank RGB space image with a transparent background.
  2. Press “d” to get the default colours: black foreground, white background.
  3. Fill the initial layer solid (command-delete).
  4. menu: Layer -> Layer Style -> Gradient Overlay
    1. Make the top of the gradient a vivid light blue.
    2. Make the bottom a slightly grey, unsaturated light blue.
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  5. Create a new layer for cloud creation. (Layer 2)
  6. menu: Filter -> Render -> Clouds (You may have to repeat Clouds a few times until they look suitably random.) http://www-personal.umich.edu/
  7. menu: Image -> Adjustments -> Levels…
    1. Adjust “Input Levels” to approximately: 114, 1.00, 181
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  8. Select all.
  9. Copy.
  10. Click the eye icon to the left of your cloud creation layer (Layer 2) to hide it.
  11. Create a new layer. (Layer 3)
  12. Enter quickmask mode by pressing the “q” key.
  13. Paste
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  14. Exit quickmask mode by pressing the “q” key.
  15. Fill the selection with the background color (white). (command-delete)
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  16. Deselect the selection. (command-d)
  17. menu: Layer -> Layer Style -> Bevel & Emboss
    1. Set “Size” to approximately 50 px
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    2. Set Contour to the Gaussian curve.
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  18. Create a new layer for cloud texture creation. (Layer 4)
  19. menu: Filter -> Render -> Clouds
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  20. menu: Filter -> Render -> Difference Clouds.
  21. Repeat Difference Clouds 10 to 20 times until you have a complex pattern.
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  22. Enter quickmask mode by pressing the “q” key.
  23. Paste. (The clipboard should still contain the clouds layer contents (Layer 2).)
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  24. Exit quickmask mode by pressing the “q” key.
  25. Copy.
  26. Deselect the selection. (command-d)
  27. Click the eye icon to the left of your cloud texture creation layer (Layer 4) to hide it.
  28. Create a new layer. (Layer 5)
  29. Paste.
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  30. menu: Filter -> Stylize -> Emboss
    1. Set the “Height” to around 50 pixels.
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  31. menu: Image -> Adjustments -> Levels
    1. Set “Output Levels” to approximately: 218, 255
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  32. Go back to your clouds layer (Layer 3) and “Create Layers” from the Bevel & Emboss effect: menu: -> Layer -> Layer Style -> Create Layers
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  33. Delete the screen layer (white streaks), leaving the multiply layer.
  34. Select the multiply layer (black streaks) and:
    1. menu: Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur
    2. Set “Radius” to around 16 pixels.
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  35. Adjust the multiply layer’s “Fill” to around 50%
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  36. End of instructions.

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