Hey, in this Awesome Quick Photoshop tutorial, i’m gonna show you how to create good looking clouds with a simple technique. I hope these easy and short tutorials will be useful and fun.

Here is the Final Image
Before we start lets see the final image we’ll create through out this tutorial. You can download the layered PSD document here.

Before You Start | Tutorial Details:
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop
Tutorial Time:
Difficulty Level: ★★★
Files to Download:
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Create the Sky
Lets start by creating a new document which is 1024 x 768 pixels at a resolution of 300 pixels/inch, make sure Color Mode is set to RGB
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Create the Sky
Set your Foreground Color to #a4cccc and Background Color to #5ebbd5. Get the Gradient Tool, pick Foreground to Background gradient and fill the Background with a Linear gradient from bottom to top
.

Apply Clouds Filter
Create a new layer and name it "Clouds". Hit D on the keyboard to set colors to Black and White. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Set Layer Blend Mode to Screen.

Add Layer Mask
Click the Add Layer Mask button on the Layers Panel. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds to apply a clouds filter to the layer mask
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Apply Curves to Layer
At the moment the Layer Mask is selected in the Layers Panel. Go back to "Clouds" layer by clicking the Layer Thumbnail. Hit Command+M to bring up the Curves dialog
and tweak the curve as in the below image.

Apply Levels to Mask
Now select the "Clouds" Layer Mask and hit Command+L to open the Levels dialog and increase the contrast as shown in the below image.

Some Blur
Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur while the Layer Mask is still selected. Use these settings: Amount => 50, Blur Method => Zoom, Quality => Best. You can also change the position of the Blur Center.
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Let the Sun Shine
Now let’s put some sunshine. Create a new layer on top and fill it with Black
. Go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare, set Brightness to 175, pick 50-300mm Zoon lens, place the Flare Center at the top left of the canvas and hit OK.

Congratulations
Set Layer Blend Mode to Screen. This is my final image.
Because we’re using clouds filter each time you repeat this tutorial you’ll get different results, the Curves and also the Levels adjustments will also change the final image. Hope you liked this tutorial and had fun making it.

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What People Said About This Post:
  1. angelica

    really easy and give a great result!! thanks, can’t wait for more tutorials!!!


  2. Thank’s sample lesson and good result.

  3. luke

    your super keep up the fantastical work (y)

  4. Kevin

    excellent…..great instructions…


  5. i though this was uninteresting and gay ..


  6. Really simple and really nice cloud image, like real one :)

  7. Adeet

    Very cool. Thanks so much.

  8. Joe

    Very easy from someone without a lot of experience, thanks.

  9. Nicola

    Cool, I just made myself a wallpaper! Thumb Up!


  10. This was a good tutorial. Thanks. This is my first nice photoshop image I have made!

  11. swandundee

    a basic tut, but you did leave out the bevel & emboss, apart fron that not bad! xx

    • Eren Göksel

      swandundee,
      actually i was trying to see if bevel & emboss will look good or not, it didn’t work well so i didn’t use it but forgot to delete it while taking screen shots and i didn’t notice till now. But you’re right, it can be confusing, i’ll fix the screenshots soon.
      Thanks.

  12. Rebecca

    love it EASY to follow vary good work and keep up the AWESOMENESS work.


  13. Cheers lots with the web site. Great.


  14. Easy and quick skill but good effects! thank you!

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