Create a brush from the clouds

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a brush from the clouds. To create a brush, we will use the “clouds” filter.

In the brush creation lesson, you will also learn how to properly load and install a newly created brush.

1. Create a brush from the clouds

Start by creating a new document: File / New … set the size
640 x 480 px:

Press the letter on the keyboard D, to set the base color to black, and the background color to white.
Now in the main menu, select Filter / Render / Clouds

Choose a tool Lasso on the toolbar and make a selection look like a crooked egg or something like that.
Try in this area to capture both the dark gray and light gray part of the clouds;

The size and angle of selection is not important here.

Select from the menu Select / Feather … and select Feather radius with value 10 px, click on Ok:

This will smooth the edges of our selection.

In the menu, select Edit / Copy (or Ctrl + C) to copy the contents of the selection.

Create a new layer. .
Again in the menu, select Edit / Paste (or Ctrl + V) to transfer a copy to a new layer.

Make the background layer (Background layer – it is at the very bottom of the Layers palette) invisible – just hide the eye in front of the window with the background.

In the menu, select Image / Trim and select the default settings:

Function Trim obscures those areas where there are no pixels (i.e., 100% transparent areas):

Alternatively, you can choose from the menu Image / Adjustments / Brightness / Contrast … to edit the brightness and contrast of your brush, but usually this is not necessary if you have selected the appropriate area.

In the menu, select Edit / Define Brush Preset …

Name the brush “Clouds Original”

Now select the brush in the toolbar.
(this is a very important step, because if you don’t select the brush tool, all areas on the Brushes palette will be dull).

Now select the Brushes palette. You can open it in three ways;

– by clicking F5 on keyboard
– using the menu: Window / Brushes
– clicking on the Brush palette is marked on the screenshot (A):

Click on the area called Brush tip shape (B).
Select the cloud brush you just made (C).
Note: if you hover over any brush, a window will appear with the name of the brush (for example, as in the picture – a brush called Wet Sponge):

We continue …
Check that the parameters of your brush match the area marked with the letter. D, they must be identical.

Now select Shape dynamics and check whether all the settings are the same as in the picture (especially the value 100% for Size jitter and Angle jitterare):

Select section Color Dynamics and check the settings (especially the value ten% for Brightness jitter):

Note that we have changed the settings only in paragraphs Shape dynamics and Color Dynamics. Check to see other items, for example, Scattering, Texture, Dual Brush, Smoothing, etc. have been disabled:

Click on area Rush presets (A):

At the bottom of the same window, click on the icon – create a new layer .

Name the new brush “Clouds”:

Remember, we called the previous brush “Clouds Original”, now it needs to be deleted. Hover over the brush with the clouds again to not accidentally delete the desired one.

Right click on the “Clouds Original” brush, select Delete Brush

So we created a brush, which can now draw the clouds.

We need to save this brush for later use.
Menu – Edit / Preset Manager …

Select Preset type entitled Brushes (A)
Click on the window with the created brush (B)
Then on Save Set … button (C)
Give the brush a suitable name and click Save
After you save the brush, close this menu by clicking on the button Done (D)

2. Download and install a newly created brush

This item is specifically for those who did not brush with us.
If you have difficulty installing brushes, then read on. There you will find very useful information on how to download and install brushes.

That brush, which we prepared in the first part, you can take here.
Right click, Save Target As …

Look at the screenshot:

Once you have selected the Brush tool, click on the arrow in the settings panel (marked with the letter A)
In the window that appears, click on the small button and the triangle (marked B) and select Load Brushes … or Replace Brushes … (C)

Load brushes – This means adding new brushes to an existing list of Photoshop brushes.
Replace Brushes – replace existing brushes in photoshop

It’s more convenient to choose Load Brushes …

Activate the brush by selecting it in the window Brush presetpicker, which will open when you press the button under the letter A.

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