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The Cloud Tutorial


Please check out the new and improved Cloud Tutorial version 2! 




Hey guys I hope you like the tutorial. This is my first flash tutorial so bear with me please! I will be making a more detailed version as soon as I can.

Please leave feedback and also pictures you made using this tutorial! I would like to see what you make!!!

The clouds in this tutorial were actually made with a custom brush in CSP (clip studio paint pro).
However the steps I've showed will work in any program that has a smudge or blur tool and the option to make custom brushes. If you would like to download CSP but have trouble, please note or comment and I would be glad to help you out!!


Where is the smudge tool in PS?…

How to add more colors on a gradient in PS?…

Where can I find/make a custom smudge brush?
Here are some good smudge brushes here on dA:…

How can I smudge in SAI?
"I'm a complete novice to custom brushes. As a user of SAI, however, a similar method to smudging which I have trialed is to reduce the opacity of the eraser (I experimented with 77%, which seems to be perfect for me ). You will have to create a new layer to show the light source c:" - Pokemoke

A tutorial on how to use one of the default brushes for smudging clouds:

Some smudge brushes for PS:…
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nibbpower's avatar
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This was a very easy to understand and learn about using shades of color to create a scenery. It made things a lot easier for me to understand the usage of creating scenery using this tutorial. The originality is so-so, I think the tutorials blocked out too much, overall its amazing! Thanks for the tutorial and easy-to-read steps!! I hope others beginners like me, can full educate ourselves with this tutorial and hope to create a better artwork. I will 99% share this tutorial to my fellow artist to help them also if they ever needed help. So once again, thanks & you're talented in many ways.
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Hello there! This is my first critique, so expect a not so good one <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Okay so, this is very creative. It's unique since it's flash and the design is very pleasing to the eye. It's a good thing you matched the background with what you're demonstrating
and I thought it was really great.
Now I found this tutorial very helpful considering that I'm not very good with clouds and scenery ( check my deviation "Addicted To You" for proof) and after reading this I could say that I improved. Keep up the good work. Thanks for making this. You should make more because I'm horrible at SAI XD

So sorry if this critique isn't good! This is my first so, you get it.
Thanks for the help!!
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I really think this tutorial is just amazing.
It´s really easy to understand and the steps are very detailed-
Also the button-thingy is very nice because you don´t always have to move your hands (I know, I´m lazy)
Also the result you have in the end is really pretty.
But It´s a bit harder to draw those clouds that way if you dont´t have photoshop. I tried with PTS and it´s a bit difficult but you still get the idea and you get a similar result if you follow the steps. It´s a very nice tutorial and it was very helpful. Thank you very much!!! O3O
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I consider scenery to be the most difficult subject to draw. I've seen many tutorials on how to draw clouds but this by far is my favorite! It's easy to follow, fun, and explains how to do it in a way that is possible for people to attempt. This was made for people who want to get better rather than people who are already great and want to draw something new. This tutorial is encouraging and reassuring for people to read. I look forward to trying this out and can't wait to see what I can do with this! Thank you for this!~
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Wow, thank you so much for your critique! :iconcryforeverplz:

Yes, I did do this tutorial for people who want to learn to draw clouds rather than for people who already know how and just want to learn a different way. I am so, so, SO glad that you find this reassuring and I hope that everyone else does as well. I dislike tutorials that make me feel pressured or "If you don't get this right you fail". It's important for people to know that if they need help, they can have it!

You are very welcome. :>
pandikko's avatar
You are quite welcome!~ keep up the amazing work!
Digsaw's avatar
I like the idea of calling names while smudging these freaking clouds.
Nice tutorial btw. xD
Cherrypaw56's avatar
S-smudge tool? *looks at laggy mac* Welp.
ScribeOfLegends's avatar
Hi there!! I was inspired by your process for clouds in making this piece. I came up with my own method after seeing yours. Thanks for the inspiration! 
carlosdan6's avatar
That was very usefull! Thank you so much! :) 
MemeWarrior69's avatar
Instructions unclear, dick stuck in blender.
DumplingDono's avatar
If youre using clip studio paint, instead of the 'smudge' you can use the 'finger tip' tool. :)
Chill-E06's avatar
love this tutorial
moguplasm's avatar
you're awesome!
Matt-Flame's avatar
I still fail to fully understand the cloud (  .___.)
. . . ill go to the corner now (  ;-; )
Beserker989's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial,it's simple and helpful ^^
Turquoise-luck's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial!! I always had a problem determining the light source ^^
Wild-N-Waste's avatar
thank you so much for this, it really helped me out! I've always sucked at drawing clouds and have never found a good tutorial that described how to draw them in a way that makes sense to me. I'll keep practicing but I'm already drawing clouds MUCH better than I had before.
LieutenantPrank's avatar
kyah thank you! i will try to give you the work i did with this tutorial.
MiningForDegus's avatar
Thank you, this will be useful for painting clouds multiple times. I'm starting out more simple and less contrasting, and working towards better ones.
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TemeraireLoverTamara's avatar
tnx helpt me a lot although i didn't have all the tools
crissygim's avatar
Really helpful!!! Thanks :)
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