GrutBrushes Cloud FX are not stencil stamp brushes. These Photoshop cloud brushes are dynamic and responsive. No two brush strokes will ever be alike. The brushes respond to the individual pressure of each of your strokes of the stylus.
Photoshop Cloud Brush strokes drawn (in real time) with the ‘Cloud Kernel’ digital artist’s cloud brush tool
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Turn your stylus into a spray can full of fluffy clouds. Pick one of the crispy Photoshop cloud brushes, press lightly for a slight whisp or choose a blobby cummulus cloud brush and push harder to blanket your photo in delicious thick realistic clouds. You can see I got carried away here but take my advice and rather take it easy, the secret to realistic clouds is subtlety. I’m going all out a bit to show off these brushes but a light touch goes a long way in creating realistic skies.
With a bit of practice, a subtler hand than I’ve shown here and a judicious use of the undo button you can get some pretty realistic photorealistic clouds.
If you pre-ordered the Cloud Brushes you can download them now on your account page.
Photoshop Cloud Brushes in the GrutBrushes Plugin Panel for Photoshop CC. You can also use them in the standard Photoshop Tool Presets Panel without the plugin.
Use the different brushes to make up beautiful skies by combining all the elements that go into a realistic sky full of clouds just the way you want them. Use the “Cotton Cloud” brush for a fluffy cummulus cloud and add crispy whisps around the edges with the “Kelp Cloud” brush. Create jet streak contrails with the “Jets” brush or carve away at your clouds with any one of the 10 “Cloudless” eraser brushes that have the same natural textures as the cloud brushes themselves.
The Cloud FX set includes:
30 Dynamic cloud brushes which have no defined texture, meaning they will never repeat or even show a visible tile seem as they have no static texture. You can draw over the same spot multiple times with a dynamic brush and never get the same pattern.
Also included are the 10 static ‘Gumbo’ Cloud brushes which do contain a texture but provide certain fill textures to enhance the structure of your clouds. Use these brushes to fill in subtler web-like textures where the dynamic brushes may be too overbearing or lack a defined structure.
The remaining 10 brushes are the eraser brushes which you can use to carve away at your cloud layers to shape the clouds to exactly and precisely the way you want them to look.
2 of the dynamic brushes Aerodust and Aerogig allow you to shape the cloud particles by moving your Stylus around. As long as you don’t lift your stylus, you can shift and push the particles around like sand on a chalkboard. Once you lift your hand from the tablet, the cloud particles are ‘set’ in place.
Sample Brush Strokes of all 50 of the GrutBrushes Cloud Brushes and Tools. Download PDF
I bought these, where can I download the cloud brushes?
Check on your account page under ‘available downloads’ if you don’t see a link there for GrutBrushes-Cloud-FX.zip send me an email and I will fix it.
How Do I Get The Plugin Panel with the Cloud Icons that I saw in the Video?
If you use Photoshop CC2014 or 2015 you can use the Digital Artist’s Photoshop Panel plugin, an extension for Photoshop that gives you thumbnail previews of the cloud brushes (and any other GrutBrushes you have including the free sampler set) it is free but you will need to download it separately here.
Are these free to Art Brush Members?
No, sorry, FX brushes are not part of the Art Brush series.
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Cloud Painting tips and Tricks
Always start on a new layer
This way you can have complete control over what the clouds look like and reduce the layer opacity to blend them into the image more. Cloud eraser brushes will not work on a flattened background layer
A light touch goes further than a heavy hand
Using a light touch with your stylus will not only give you a ton of flexibility and control over your clouds, it will also produce much more realistic clouds. It’s much better to paint multiple layers of clouds on top of each other than to press hard and create thick overbearing clouds. Subtlety is key and remember what you’re creating after all: clouds are made of water vapour with air in between so give them a lot of air and space to breathe.
Use Layering to Create Texture
When you apply multiple layers of cloud on top of each other, where they overlap can create beautiful rich organic textures, the more layering the more natural it will look. Remember that when you look at clouds you are seeing through multiple layers of water droplets, they way they overlap is what makes the shape.
Undo to redo. As the clouds are unpredictable, get into the habit of drawing with your fingers on the undo keys, this way you can stroke on a cloud quickly, undo and redo until you like the cloud you’ve put on your canvas
Use any of the Cloud Brushes as erasers
‘clear’ turns a Photoshop cloud brush into an eraser
Change the mode from Normal to Clear to instantly and temporarily turn any of the Photoshop cloud brushes into an eraser.
Use the cloud brushes for Smoke, steam and other Atmospheric Effects
The cloud brushes were used here for painting smoke underneath the rocket
Pick from your on-screen palette
Clouds are rarely white in the real world, they are made up of reflected light from their environment. Use option/alt to click and pick your colours from your image, especially when working on a photo. Pick new tones frequently to vary your hues while keeping it integrated with it’s environment.
Messy, dirty, splattery ink brushes that respond to the pressure and motion of your stylus. These are not your typical stencil stamp brushes. These Photoshop brushes are dynamic and create unique marks every time you draw or paint with them, no two brush strokes will ever be alike.
Painting Splatters, Spills and Stains in Photoshop with the Inky Leaks Photoshop brushes:
100 dynamic, pressure responsive Photoshop brushes that exude messy drips, splatters and stains of all kinds can be combined in infinite ways to generate an endless variety of wonderfuly wet inky accidents. The set will include some mixer brushes to smear, blend and make as much mess as you need to.
Each of the examples below was painted in Photoshop with about 3 to 6 different Inky Leaks FX brushes.
Combining Drips, Splatters and spray brushes with the mixer brushes can create some very smeary messes
Various sprays, speckly droplets and a variety of ruinous marks from a fine mist to a blustery torrent spew from your stylus as you drag it across your canvas.
Photoshop Ink sprays dynamically painted with Inky Leaks brushes
Disastrously large messes can flood your page quickly with a firm stroke of the stylus
Switching between the brushes to combine digital ink drops, streaks, stains and droplets enables you to create a record of artistic accidents that lend organic authenticity to your digital creations.
the Photoshop Splatter brushes are dynamic and produce a different spray pattern with every stroke
Stains, smudges and other water damage created with the Inky Leaks Photoshop brushes
A basic cumulus brush with a lot of versatility. Use it lightly to get a crispier more detailed texture, good for edges or inner structure. Apply more pressure and you will get fluffier cummulus type clouds. If you’re adding clouds to a photo, keep them subtle by painting on layers with reduced opacity and always pick your colours from the photo you’re adding clouds to.
Photoshop Cloud Brush strokes drawn with the ‘Cloud Kernel’ digital artist’s cloud brush tool
Add a light glow to your lightsabers with this Visual Effects Photoshop brush. Use the Saber Blade brush to create the main lightsaber, then chose this brush, hold down shift and click on your start and end points to add a nice light glow.