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The Cloud Tutorial

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By ehbi   |   Watch
Published: January 8, 2013
© 2013 - 2019 ehbi

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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DiegoMendsProfessional Digital Artist
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.
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ScribeOfLegendsStudent General Artist
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
carlosdan6Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was very usefull! Thank you so much! :) 
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MemeWarrior69Student Digital Artist
Instructions unclear, dick stuck in blender.
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DumplingDonoStudent Digital Artist
If youre using clip studio paint, instead of the 'smudge' you can use the 'finger tip' tool. :)
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Chill-E06Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this tutorial
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moguplasmHobbyist General Artist
you're awesome!
Matt-Flame's avatar
Matt-FlameHobbyist Digital Artist
I still fail to fully understand the cloud (  .___.)
. . . ill go to the corner now (  ;-; )
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Beserker989Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial,it's simple and helpful ^^
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Thanks for the tutorial!! I always had a problem determining the light source ^^
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Wild-N-WasteHobbyist Filmographer
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.
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LieutenantPrankHobbyist General Artist
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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elsevillaProfessional Digital Artist
TemeraireLoverTamara's avatar
tnx helpt me a lot although i didn't have all the tools
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Really helpful!!! Thanks :)
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Lady-BeIIaStudent Digital Artist
This tutorial was just funny and very simple! And I loved it!
Thank-you so much!
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KierstenVioletteHobbyist General Artist
Simple and nicely done!
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cilabillaHobbyist General Artist
Ahhh thank you so much for the tutorial! 
KawaiiStorm's avatar
amazing! I have to try this! :D thank you so much!!!
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oh my god, this is one of the most amazing tut i've ever read. Thank you so much, you help me a lot with this.
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SingliteHobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to make my webcam. :) Thank you!
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