Fluffy Realistic Clouds
So soft and real you can almost hear the peaceful sigh of the wind.
- Difference Clouds
- Brush Tool
- Color Range
Create a new image 500x500px with a "transparent" background.
Fill ( Edit > Fill ) the background layer with Black ( Hex #000000 ). On the Color Palette, set the Background color as #3E6CAA and the Foreground color as #76B6F4.
Apply a Gradient Overlay using the settings shown in the image to the left.
Note: If the colors shown in the Gradient Overlay window are not the blue shown in the screenshot, click on the dropdown in the Gradient Overlay window and choose the first option.
Create a new layer called "CloudBase". Press D to reset the Color Palette.
Render some Clouds ( Filter > Render > Clouds ). Next, render Difference Clouds ( Filter > Render > Difference Clouds ) three times. Do this by using the top menu to execute the Difference Clouds filter once, then pressing Ctrl-F 2 times to repeat the last filter (in this case Difference Clouds) two times.
Duplicate layer "CloudBase" and rename the new layer "Cloud3D".
Choose layer "Cloud3D". Apply a Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) with a power of 1.6.
The clouds are decent at this point but they look a bit flat. To fix this, we must brush on some shadows.
Take the Brush Tool and change its settings to what is shown in the image below.
Make a new layer and name it "Shadows".
It does not matter at this point if your shadows are sticking out beyond the clouds into the sky.
You should have a selection where the sky is and a little bit into the clouds. If you are not already on layer "Shadows" go to it. Press Delete. Change layer "Shadows" opacity to 50%.
The clouds are starting to look much more realistic. One more step! If you were looking at clouds from below, the clouds would not be that white. You are going to airbrush a showdown that covers the whole cloud except the edges that are above. It is a little confusing so please look at the images.
You are done with the most realistic, and easy (relatively) Photoshop Cloud filter based tutorial!