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Hey guys I hope you like the tutorial. This is my first flash tutorial so bear with me please! I will be making a more detailed version as soon as I can.

Please leave feedback and also pictures you made using this tutorial! I would like to see what you make!!!

The clouds in this tutorial were actually made with a custom brush in CSP (clip studio paint pro).
However the steps I've showed will work in any program that has a smudge or blur tool and the option to make custom brushes. If you would like to download CSP but have trouble, please note or comment and I would be glad to help you out!!


Where is the smudge tool in PS?

How to add more colors on a gradient in PS?

Where can I find/make a custom smudge brush?
Here are some good smudge brushes here on dA:

How can I smudge in SAI?
"I'm a complete novice to custom brushes. As a user of SAI, however, a similar method to smudging which I have trialed is to reduce the opacity of the eraser (I experimented with 77%, which seems to be perfect for me ). You will have to create a new layer to show the light source c:" - ~Pokemoke

A tutorial on how to use one of the default brushes for smudging clouds:

Some smudge brushes for PS:
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I consider scenery to be the most difficult subject to draw. I've seen many tutorials on how to draw clouds but this by far is my favorite! It's easy to follow, fun, and explains how to do it in a way that is possible for people to attempt. This was made for people who want to get better rather than people who are already great and want to draw something new. This tutorial is encouraging and reassuring for people to read. I look forward to trying this out and can't wait to see what I can do with this! Thank you for this!~
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Critique by MagicofManga Jun 9, 2013, 6:36:41 AM
I really think this tutorial is just amazing.
It´s really easy to understand and the steps are very detailed-
Also the button-thingy is very nice because you don´t always have to move your hands (I know, I´m lazy)
Also the result you have in the end is really pretty.
But It´s a bit harder to draw those clouds that way if you dont´t have photoshop. I tried with PTS and it´s a bit difficult but you still get the idea and you get a similar result if you follow the steps. It´s a very nice tutorial and it was very helpful. Thank you very much!!! O3O
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checkoutmybook Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
oh my god, this is one of the most amazing tut i've ever read. Thank you so much, you help me a lot with this.
Singlite Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to make my webcam. :) Thank you!
OnixTymime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial it's so pretty. Thank you so much ^^
riliqua Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
step three was so rad :iconheplz:
thefournationsplus1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014   Filmographer
can you link me to the clipstudio cloud brush?
matsuoSoNAta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
OsTin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that tutorial! It gives very fast starting base to learn. )
ladyorngg Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
super cute, very helpful. thank you! :P 
flotay Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What a lovely tutorial! So helpful :)
SSJCyberSonic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful. Thank!
WeirdStashGangstaCat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thnxs! This will come in handy.
madlydemented Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Ommggggg, thankk youuuuu. <3
InterstellarDeej Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Very good tutorial used to create this… much thanks!
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I tried it!…
don't really look like clouds but nice paintbrush effect! :D
Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Nevermind I got better at it!…
Mely9Matzir Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thank you! :)
Coronastern Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
T.T I'm so happy ... I can draw clouds now! *dance* ... Thanks for this great tutorial. I use it right now for my next painting.  ...... And it really worked quite well, to call them names while drawing *lol*
nasar-ullah-khan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharingehbi  :)
Saga-Sage Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This helped a bunch! ^^

Dreamy-days Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I literally have never been able to draw clouds...
until now

Seriously thank you so much
TheCartoonLife Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't kill me for asking, I'm having a "slow" day xD But does the PS stand for Paint Studio? like the Windows one?
Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
This comment is old-ish, but it stands for Photoshop.
h4e Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
 this tutorial is so easy to understand <3 it helps a lot, thank you!
lluna10 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
You're awesome! Thank you for the tutorial!!
RiznKatic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you its very helpful <3
Ayuka734 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student General Artist
great tutorial <3
Suzahra Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Thank you for the tutorial you helped me a lot!00
Banana-Banshee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional
Oh wow, thank you for sharing this!
Your clouds are amazing!
typhlosion95 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the tutorial, very helpful and made me laugh a lot xP
PrinceCaeruu Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This really helped a lot! Thank you for this! :D
Rainiila Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful! 
ArtySquare Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student General Artist
This is actually really amazing. It helped me a lot
TimeturnerJasmy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this technique with us!:heart: The world of clouds just opened up to me!:dummy:
lulles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Super easy to do and the result is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
StormtheRed Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!
kijierqwert Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god!!! This is one of the best cloud tutorials ever! It's so helpful!:icondeyedplz:
stealthyguncow Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks so much for this tutorial! very helpful ^_^
TIAGOTLR Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
jot202 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Digital Artist
This might help. thanks.
Kitsune-Zakuro Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazin I cab't wait to smudge the f**k out of dem clouds :D
Cupcakeliet Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this tutorial was so funny:happybounce: 
Akimati Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
WOW simple, pretty and useful!!! Thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much!!!
Rainnye Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It helped me a lot!
JackTheRipper15 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I found this very helpful, thank you! :D
DreamOnHell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great tut!

R-O-S-E-W-I-S-H-E-S Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmingu Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
So good! I'm a beginner at art but I can draw the awesome cloud!      VVV THANK YOU VVV
Raihiko Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student
Thank you very much for this really helpful tutorial! :D I've used it here:
Getsuart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial !
Fealia Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist
the first tutorial i really understand :D
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