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.
I didn’t get any email from you! Where is my email?
Make sure firstname.lastname@example.org is not going to the spam folder.
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
Actual brush stroke of the Mud Slice Photoshop pencil
A standard soft Artist’s pencil for Photoshop. Equivalent to a 3B graphite pencil. Versatile enough for light sketch lines with a light touch but it gives way to a dark rich line with not too much extra pressure on the Stylus.
Brush stroke painted with Lana’s Mark Photoshop Gouache Brush
A semi-dry yet creamy finished gouache brush with a very even opacity distribution, ramping up smoothly from transparent to opaque, this natural medium fibered brush has an easily controllable flow and even tapering making it versatile as both a fill and a drawing brush.
A textured oil impasto Photoshop brush from the GrutBrushes Oil Impasto Photoshop brush Series, unique in that it has a natural depth to it without needing any layer styles or effects. This type of oil impasto Photoshop brush originated on GrutBrushes.com
brush stroke of the Cherry Pectin Photoshop Watercolor Brush
A textured oil impasto Photoshop brush from the Waters 01 and 02 Series that has a natural 3d depth to it without using any layer styles or effects. This type of impasto brush is a GrutBrushes original creation.
Comparison between Photoshop and GrutBrushes Eraser Tools
Photoshop’s default eraser, has a soft edge, even with the hardness set at 100%. GrutBrushes Sharp Eraser is an eraser tool for Photoshop that gives you a sharp, but still ever so slightly anti-aliased edge that is crisper than Photoshop’s much softer default eraser.
This graph paper tool preset will quickly fill a blank layer with a graph texture grid. Apply it to an empty layer and any paper (or other) texture below it will be instantly turned into graph paper. Not simply a flat grid of blue lines, this grid texture has an organic, print-like texture for a more integrated appearance.
This preset quickly sets the crop tool with a Square 1:1 ratio
If you frequently need to crop a lot of images to a square 1:1 ratio format, (for instagram for example) add this preset to your GrutBrushes Tool Panel for quick access. This simply selects the Crop tool and restricts it to a perfect square (width to height ratio of 1 to 1) to quickly trim the edges off your rectangular pictures.
How to Install the Sampler Set using the GrutBrushes Photoshop Plugin
This quick video shows you how easy it is to install the sampler brushes and tools into the GrutBrushes plugin panel. You will also learn how Members can download new brushes directly from inside Photoshop (Memberships are free with the ArtBrushes Complete Set and the Multiset (Trial membership) – compare them here