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Creating Figures from the Clouds

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On this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create one figure from the clouds.

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Creating Figures from the Clouds

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Step 1

To start our Photoshop tutorial we need to create a new document with 500×500 pixels where we will create two brushes. Apply Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Select Polygonal Lasso Tool (Feather: 30px) to make selection similar to mine on screenshot below.

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After creating selection, just invert it with Select > Inverse.

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Press Delete button to clear selected area.

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Create new layer under the current one and fill it with white color. Select layer with clouds and resize it a bit with Edit > Transform > Scale.

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You can see that you need to fix brush borders. To fix this select Eraser Tool and choose a soft edge brush.

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Once you have clear all borders you can delete layer with white background.

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Now save brush with Edit > Define Brush Preset.

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Close current document without saving. With Brush Tool selected, press F5 and apply these settings:

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Create new brush with name Clouds 2 by clicking on button on right bottom side.

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Step 2

Open photo in Photoshop. Unlock background layer by clicking twice on layer thumbnail on Layers panel.

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Create a new layer. Select colors #192559 (Foreground) and #91aac8 (Background) and create a linear gradient (Foreground to background) using Gradient Tool.

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Step 3

Move gradient layer below lion layer. Select Eraser Tool (Opacity: 56%) and select Clouds 2 brush and start erasing background on lion layer.

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Step 4

After you finished cleaning background around the lion use Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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Step 5

Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast:

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Step 6

Apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur:

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Step 7

Apply Filter > Blur > Smart Blur:

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Step 8

Apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur:

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Step 9

Change layer mode to Soft Light for current layer.

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Step 10

It’s time to add some clouds. Create new layer, select Brush Tool (Opacity:10%) and select Clouds 2 brush with white color (#ffffff).

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After adding some clouds change brush size and add a few more.

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Step 11

We need to add shadow to the clouds so they look more natural. Create a new layer on top and change layer mode to Overlay. Apply Brush Tool (Opacity: 10%) with Clouds 2 brush and black color (#000000).

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Step 12

Create a new layer on top, select Brush Tool (Opacity: 50%) and now we need to add small clouds. Select white color as foreground, change brush size to something around 50px and apply like i did on screenshot below.

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Step 13

Apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur to this layer.

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Step 14

Change current layer opacity to 15%.

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Step 15

To finish our tutorial I would like to stylize clouds a little bit more. Create new layer and change layer mode to Soft Light. Select Brush Tool with Clouds 2 brush (keep changing opacity and brush size in the process) and highlight all bright areas of the lion (mane, part of the eyes) with white color and opposite side (especially shadows on the face of the lion’s mane) with black color.

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Final Image

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And this tutorial is now complete. Hope you liked it!

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  • amr

    thank you

  • mark

    perfect tutorial i love it !

  • yuri

    this is amazing! thanks ^^

  • blake

    What Photoshop version are u using? i have 6.0 and i cant find the setting for the brush, even pushing F5.

  • http://sonicskincleansingsystem.thaitopbizs.com nobitaboyz

    Very Cool. Thank you!

  • sasha

    AWESOMMEEE!!! :D

  • Amanul Rahaman

    It’s ow some! Thanks for your detailed job, Thanks

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com Swamykant

    Awesome tuts. Thanks for share.

  • arun

    super awsome i love it

  • Fat Boy

    good tutorial

  • Ahmad

    Thanks and wonderful effect

  • http://manscreed.com/ Spatch

    That looks awesome it’s like the scene right out of the Lion King

  • http://gfxtra.in vimal

    nice job buddy keep it up !!!!

  • Alpesh

    GOOD JOB AND THANX

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    I LIKE IT ITS SO BEAUTIFUL

  • ashwini

    thank you very much for guide me such nice cloud effect.it is really excellent.
    Thaks