Designing a Cartoon Cloud Splash-Image

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You can see what we’ll be designing in this tutorial below, I call it a ‘cartoony cloud splash’, because I think it could be used effectively as a website splash page. This tutorial is really really easy, in case you’re new to Photoshop!

Cartoony Cloud Splash Design Result

1. Create a New Document

First thing to do is start by making a new document in which you can make your clouds. For this tutorial I used a document size of around 400 x 400 pixels, with a Resolution of 72 (default)
Using the Gradient Tool, draw a nice, blue gradient on the background, it’s meant to resemble the sky! Colors used here: #6dbede to #2f82c0 and now you have a nice soft background.

Blue Sky Gradient Background

2. Creating the Cloud Shape

Firstly create a new layer, now find and get out the Elliptical Marquee Tool, using similar settings to the ones below.

Now make a bunch of random circles, attempting to make a cartoon-shaped cloud.

Cloud Elliptical Selections

Complete the cloud shape by filling up the selection in the middle of the cloud.

Cloud Elliptical Selections Finished

Make sure you’re on the new layer you created, then fill the layer with white – #ffffff.

Cloud Selection Layered filled White

Nice cloud shape, huh?!

3. Adding Effects to the Cloud

The cloud looked quite nice already, but to give it some more detail, you might want to apply the following layer styles to your cloud layer:

  1. Inner Shadow
  2. Outer Glow
  3. Inner Glow
  4. Gradient Overlay
  5. Stroke

Depending on what size you made your cloud, you may have to modify the layer styles just a little bit, feel free to do so. Your cloud should now look like this:

After Applying Layer Styles

Looks pretty nice, in my opinion! And now add some text if you want, you can use it for a navigation system at the start of your website (splash page)

Cartoony Cloud Splash Design Result

Fin

Thank you for reading the tutorial, everyone, I hope you enjoyed it!

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32 Responses

  1. pratibhak says:

    it was good to start with

  2. Ekke says:

    Nice tut.. but the text-color is a little unreadable :P

  3. Kevin says:

    Nice, very nice. Would be cool as wallpaper or even as graphics for a game. It looks so friendly, plus you can easly make more clouds on the same layer without setting those effects again :D

  4. Cloud No9 says:

    Brilliant! I think I am going to use this technique. I have been quite puzzled about my logo-perhaps this may be a good idea!!!

    Thnx,

    Cloud No9

  5. Wow, I’ve been looking for a tutorials on a cartoony style of PSing for a while now, you saved me a lot of trial and error!

  6. Mexm says:

    This one is soo nice, it looks very cool, thanks ;-)

  7. Good tutorial for beginners. keep going.

  8. sndr says:

    so simple so cute

  9. Andy says:

    Awesome tutorial this is, styles are brilliant!

  10. zookini says:

    This was a wonderful tutorial!! Thanks

  11. indah says:

    not bad………………….
    i like that

  12. dora says:

    so goog, so cool………….
    but
    im confuse????????????
    how to practice it in photoshop?

  13. admin says:

    Dora: I’m sorry but I don’t completely understand you..
    Keep practising photoshop and then you’ll be much better :)

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

  14. dora says:

    ok
    i have practice it………
    and………………
    i can :)

  15. empty says:

    as always, good tutorial :)

  16. hiba says:

    I LOVE YOUUUU!!!!
    i swear its awesssooomeee

  17. Dearon says:

    Really nice tutorial, giving it a 10 out of 10.
    I’m using the effect for the new layout of my website (which is already up), and i’ll definitaly put a link to this tutorial just because of the sheer awesomeness =P
    Anyway thanks for making my day =)

  18. Julefar.dk says:

    COOOL !!

  19. Suki says:

    well… something went wrong and it was only the bockground who got the layerstyles, not the cloudes :S
    I duplicated the layer…. what happend? :(

  20. Kathryn says:

    That’s really cute I like it. :)

  21. Timski says:

    Hey Mate, Excellent little tut and I used to make mine a little diff. Just letting you know on step 2 for beginners let them know they need to hold shift to make multiple selections.

  22. Kaleen says:

    awesome tutorial!
    loved it and use it all the time now
    thanks!

  23. seri says:

    ı use your tutorial in my web site.
    my splash is more beautiful than yours.
    ::)
    you can sea it from

    ********************************************
    http://mathsforum.googlepages.com/splash.gif
    ********************************************

  24. kannan, mdu says:

    very super… yaaaaaaaaa !!!!

  25. Paul says:

    WOW!! Amazing… :)

  26. chuliy says:

    nice cloud….very like it…. n thanx for the tutorial :)

  27. Nizam says:

    Very very nice, thank you very much

  28. Bilgin says:

    Thanks bro. Great tutorial.

  29. cesc says:

    thanks for tutorial!! great job!

  30. AhmadArifulAmri says:

    Cool..!! simple and easy to follow.. thank you very much.. i did it