Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School
Ms. D. Gravelle

S2.T4 - Clouds

 

 

 

Create a blank RGB image, default photoshop size, with a transparent background.
Fill the initial layer solid white.
Press "d" to get the default colours: black foreground, white background.
Layer -> Layer Style -> Gradient Overlay
a. Make the top of the gradient a vivid light blue.

    b. Make the bottom a slightly grey, unsaturated light blue.




Create a new layer for cloud creation. (Layer 2)

Filter -> Render -> Clouds (You may have to repeat Clouds a few times until they look suitably random.)



Image -> Adjustments -> Levels...

    a. Adjust "Input Levels" to approximately: 114, 1.00, 181

Select all.
Copy.
Click the eye icon to the left of your cloud creation layer (Layer 2) to hide it.
Create a new layer. (Layer 3)
Choose Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode.
Paste
Choose select and uncheck Edit in Quick Mask Mode
Fill the selection with white.
Hit "d" after to reset your colours
Deselect the selection. (ctrl-d)
Layer -> Layer Style -> Bevel & Emboss
a. Set "Size" to approximately 50 px
b. Set Contour to the Gaussian curve.


  1. Create a new layer for cloud texture creation. (Layer 4)
    Filter -> Render -> Clouds
    Filter -> Render -> Difference Clouds.
    Repeat Difference Clouds 10 to 20 times until you have a complex pattern.
    Choose Select > Edit in Quick Mask Mode
    Paste. (The clipboard should still contain the clouds layer contents (Layer 2). If not copy this layer again

Choose select and uncheck Edit in Quick Mask Mode
Copy.
Deselect the selection. (ctrl-d)
Click the eye icon to the left of your cloud texture creation layer (Layer 4) to hide it.
Create a new layer. (Layer 5)
Paste.
Filter -> Stylize -> Emboss

    a. Set the "Height" to around 50 pixels.

     

Image -> Adjustments -> Levels
      a. Set "Output Levels" to approximately: 218, 255
  1. Go back to your clouds layer (Layer 3) and "Create Layers" from the Bevel & Emboss effect: Layer -> Layer Style -> Create Layers
Delete the highlight layer (white streaks), leaving the shadows layer.
Select the shadows layer (black streaks) and:
      a. Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur
      b. Set "Radius" to around 16 pixels.

Adjust the layer's "Fill" to around 50%

Now you should have clouds that look fairly realistic. Feel free to play with any/all of the settings.