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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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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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Critique by MagicofManga Jun 9, 2013, 6:36:41 AM
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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DiegoMends Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I like the idea of calling names while smudging these freaking clouds.
Nice tutorial btw. xD
alexandersinnelius Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
it is hard.
Cherrypaw56 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Filmographer
S-smudge tool? *looks at laggy mac* Welp.
ScribeOfLegends Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Student 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 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was very usefull! Thank you so much! :) 
MemeWarrior69 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Instructions unclear, dick stuck in blender.
DumplingDono Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
If youre using clip studio paint, instead of the 'smudge' you can use the 'finger tip' tool. :)
Chill-E06 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
love this tutorial
moguplasm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're awesome!
Matt-Flame Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still fail to fully understand the cloud (  .___.)
. . . ill go to the corner now (  ;-; )
Beserker989 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial,it's simple and helpful ^^
Turquoise-luck Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thanks for the tutorial!! I always had a problem determining the light source ^^
Wild-N-Waste Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
kyah thank you! i will try to give you the work i did with this tutorial.
MiningForDegus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
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.
elsevilla Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
tnx helpt me a lot although i didn't have all the tools
crissygim Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Really helpful!!! Thanks :)
Lady-BeIIa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial was just funny and very simple! And I loved it!
Thank-you so much!
KierstenViolette Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple and nicely done!
cilabilla Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh thank you so much for the tutorial! 
KawaiiStorm Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
amazing! I have to try this! :D thank you so much!!!
checkoutmybook Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
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.
Singlite Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to make my webcam. :) Thank you!
OnixTymime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial it's so pretty. Thank you so much ^^
riliqua Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
step three was so rad :iconheplz:
thefournationsplus1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   Filmographer
can you link me to the clipstudio cloud brush?
matsuoSoNAta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
OsTin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that tutorial! It gives very fast starting base to learn. )
ladyorngg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
super cute, very helpful. thank you! :P 
flotay Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What a lovely tutorial! So helpful :)
SSJCyberSonic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful. Thank!
WeirdStashGangstaCat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Photographer
Thnxs! This will come in handy.
madlydemented Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Ommggggg, thankk youuuuu. <3
InterstellarDeej Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very Very good tutorial used to create this… much thanks!
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I tried it!…
don't really look like clouds but nice paintbrush effect! :D
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Nevermind I got better at it!…
Mely9Matzir Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thank you! :)
Coronastern Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
T.T I'm so happy ... I can draw clouds now! *dance* ... Thanks for this great tutorial. I use it right now for my next painting.  ...... And it really worked quite well, to call them names while drawing *lol*
nasar-ullah-khan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharingehbi  :)
Saga-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Thanks! This helped a bunch! ^^

Dreamy-days Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I literally have never been able to draw clouds...
until now

Seriously thank you so much
TheCartoonLife Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't kill me for asking, I'm having a "slow" day xD But does the PS stand for Paint Studio? like the Windows one?
Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
This comment is old-ish, but it stands for Photoshop.
h4e Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
 this tutorial is so easy to understand <3 it helps a lot, thank you!
leyalluna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're awesome! Thank you for the tutorial!!
K0neko-hime Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you its very helpful <3
Ayuka734 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student General Artist
great tutorial <3
Suzahra Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Thank you for the tutorial you helped me a lot!00
Banana-Banshee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Oh wow, thank you for sharing this!
Your clouds are amazing!
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