Methods for producing cloud effects in Photoshop

20/06/2024 92

You can completely transform clouds into different shapes and fonts with just tools in Photoshop. This effect will make your design more unique and impressive. Join SaDesign to learn about how to create cloud effects in Photoshop through the sharing below.

Methods for producing cloud effects in Photoshop

You can completely transform clouds into different shapes and fonts with just tools in Photoshop. This effect will make your design more unique and impressive. Join SaDesign to learn about how to create cloud effects in Photoshop through the sharing below.

 

cloud effects in Photoshop

To be able to create a cloud effect in Photoshop, we will need to go through many steps with a combination of many tools. 

Step 1: First, create a new document with the appropriate size.

create a new document with the appropriate size.

Step 2: Create a new layer, then add the sky image. Choose blue sky background images with a few clouds in the center because we will create a cloud effect in Photoshop there. Let's name this layer “Cloud Background”.

 

add the sky image

Step 3: Double click on Cloud Background to open the Layer Style dialog box. Please choose Color Overlay. Set Opacity to 70% and choose color code #3dacfa.

open the Layer Style dialog box

Step 4: To make the background brighter, select "Create new fill or adjust layers" (the divided circle icon in the bottom corner of the layers panel). Then, select Level.

make the background brighter

In the Level panel, adjust the midtone and shadow parameters in the output a bit to make the image brighter. Customize to best suit your photo.

Customize to best suit your photo

Now, we will obtain a cloud background as shown.

we will obtain a cloud background as shown.

To create a cloud effect in Photoshop, we need to create a cloud brush with Soft Round Brush through the following steps: 

Step 1: On the toolbar, select Brush Tool. Open the Brush panel, select Soft Round Brush from the brush list. 

On the Brush panel, click Brush Tip Shape and set the parameters as shown.

 

select Brush Tool

Still in the Brush panel, click on Shape Dynamics and then set the Size Jitter, Angle Jitter, Roundness Jitter and Minimin Roundness parameters as shown.

click on Shape Dynamics

Continue to select Scattering and set the parameters Scatter, Count Jitter and check Both Axes as shown.

Continue to select Scattering

Step 2: To save this new brush, select the top right corner menu of the brush panel and select New Brush Preset.

select the top right corner menu of the brush panel and select New Brush Preset.

Name this new brush “Clouds brush” and click OK.

Name this new brush “Clouds brush” and click OK.

Next, we will create a text-shaped cloud, follow these steps:

Step 1: Add a new layer and then write the text that needs to create a cloud effect in Photoshop. Fill the text with color code #000000.

create a cloud effect in Photoshop

Step 2: On the menu bar, go to Filter => Distort => Ripple.

Ripple

In the Ripple, set Amount about 50 - 75%, click OK. 

set Amount about 50 - 75%

Step 3: Press Shift+Ctrl+N to create a new layer. Name this layer “Cloud Effect”.

create a new layer. Name this layer “Cloud Effect”.

On the toolbar, select Brush, then select the newly created Clouds brush to add a cloud effect in Photoshop around the text.

Set the brush color to #000000, set a different Opacity (about 30%) and then paint over the same area multiple times.

 

Set the brush color to #000000

Minimize the brush and use it to paint around the edges of the text. We will get the result as shown.

Minimize the brush and use it to paint around the edges of the text

Step 4: Select the Happy text layer and the Cloud effect layer. Then right-click and select Convert to Smart Object.

Select the Happy text layer and the Cloud effect layer

Set the blend mode of this smart object Cloud effect to Overlay and Opacity to 90%.

Set the blend mode of this smart object Cloud effect

Step 5: Double click on the smart object Cloud effect to open the Layer style. Then add the Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss and Satin parameters as shown below.

Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow

Inner Shadow

Inner Shadow

Outer Glow

Outer Glow

Inner Glow

Inner Glow

Bevel and Emboss 

Bevel and Emboss

Satin

Satin

4. Create cloud texture

Step 1: Create a new layer and name it “Cloud”. Make its background color #ffffff.

Create a new layer and name it “Cloud”

Step 2: Set Foreground Color to color code #ffffff and Background Color to color code #000000. Create cloud texture by selecting Filter => Render => Clouds.

Set Foreground Color to color code #ffffff

Step 3: Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the Cloud layer and then hide the newly copied layer.

Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the Cloud layer

Right click on the Cloud layer and choose Create Clipping Mask. Set Cloud's blend mode to Lighter Color.

Right click on the Cloud layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Step 4: On the menu bar, select Image => Adjustments => Levels and customize to your liking then click OK.

Levels and customize to your liking then click OK.

Step 5: Open the Cloud copy layer then set the blend mode to Screen. The result we get is as shown.

Open the Cloud copy layer then set the blend mode to Screen

Step 6: To adjust the contrast of the Cloud copy layer. Go to Image => Adjustments => Levels. Then adjust the appropriate parameters.

To adjust the contrast of the Cloud copy layer

So, we have basically created a cloud effect in Photoshop.

we have basically created a cloud effect in Photoshop.

5. Customize contrast and sharpness

Step 1: In the bottom corner of the layers panel, select Create new fill or Adjustment layer. Select Solid Color…

Then, select color as #0096ec. Set the blend mode to Color, set the Opacity to 48%.

Set the blend mode to Color

Step 2: Still choose Create new fill or Adjustment layer and select Hue/Saturation if you want to change the blue tone, reduce color saturation, etc. Adjust the appropriate parameters until you are satisfied.

choose Create new fill or Adjustment layer and select Hue/Saturation

Step 3: To increase contrast, select Create new fill or Adjustment layer then select Level, adjust appropriate parameters.

increase contrast

Step 4: To perfect your photo, you can add a sharpening effect. Press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to create a copy of all merged visible layers. On this newly created layer, select Filter => Other => High Pass.

add a sharpening effect.

In the High Pass dialog box, set the Radius to 2 pixels and then click OK.

set the Radius to 2 pixels and then click OK.

Step 5: Set this layer's blend mode to Overlay. At this point we will get the results as shown.

Set this layer's blend mode to Overlay

So you have completed how to create a cloud effect in Photoshop. There are quite a few steps but not complicated, try it to see surprising results.

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