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#1 Goonfella

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:10 PM

I recently posted this tutorial on how to make clouds on the Fans forum and it has proved to be quite popular, so I thought I would post it here too. I know there are cloud tuts already but I have not seen another one using this technique or getting this outcome so I think it complements the others rather than competes against them. I hope you enjoy it.


Only one plug in is required for this tut - Ed Harvey`s Dents which has now been incorporated into PDN, so this tut now has the added benefit of not needing any plug ins downloading :)



Anyway , lets get started.
First you will want a nice sky coloured background. I used 8cc2ff foreground and cfecfe background but you can used whichever you prefer.Then just add a linear gradient to get something like this. -

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Next, on a new layer, you want to make a white ellipse -

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Now use Dents to get a `jelly' look . Play around with the settings until you are happy. I used Scale - 85, Refraction 13. The rest I left at default settings. You can do it more than once if you wish using Ctrl-F. For this tut I repeated it once. You should now have something like this -

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New layer, select the cloud using the Magic Wand and on your new layer draw a light grey line along the bottom of the cloud. I used bcbcbc for the grey in this one.

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Deselect and use Gaussian Blur . I used 35 as the setting but it will vary from cloud to cloud. You want to end up with something like this -

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Merge your two cloud layers.
Next it`s back to the Dents for the fluffy look . I used these settings -

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Use a transparent gradient as to blend the cloud in . I find using a radial gradient works best and gives you more control. You should end up with a nice fluffy cloud -

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Then just duplicate,move and use transparent gradients to blend them together like so

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For the best effect you should repeat the tutorial a number of times with different settings to get different shaped clouds each time. After all , when did you ever see two identical clouds?

And that concludes this tutorial. Enjoy ;)
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:28 PM

Nice Tutorial, but i've seen another tutorial which get allmost the same result. :)
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:16 PM

Very good, it looks like a simple tutorial to follow.

Edited by Jyggalag, 19 May 2010 - 03:17 PM.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:46 PM

Nice Tutorial, but i've seen another tutorial which get allmost the same result. :)



As I said at the start of the tut, I realize that but mine is easier to do, only using one plug in(that is already part of PDN now) and also helps to get newbies used to using transparent gradients. I am wondering if I should have posted this in the Newbie Playground instead.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 10:21 AM

Bookmarked. :D
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:26 AM

Very nice, simple and effective tutorial. Used it in my Pegasus Temple scene.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

Good job, looks good
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:37 PM

Thanks for posting the tut, it will be helpful to my daytime skies Posted Image


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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:43 PM

Thanks! That was fun to make. I love it!
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:23 PM

Using this tut., when you create many different shaped and sized clouds on many different layers, with different transparencies and finishes such us sharpen, etc, you end up with very realistic looking clouds:
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Great tutorial Goony!

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 06:04 AM

Superb result ventor! Looks incredible.

Thanks for doing the tut.;)
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:23 PM

Using this tut., when you create many different shaped and sized clouds on many different layers, with different transparencies and finishes such us sharpen, etc, you end up with very realistic looking clouds:
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Great tutorial Goony!



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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:26 PM

Using this tut., when you create many different shaped and sized clouds on many different layers, with different transparencies and finishes such us sharpen, etc, you end up with very realistic looking clouds:
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Great tutorial Goony!

That...is amazing. One of the first pictures I've seen that I would never have known was not real if I hadn't been told. Now I gotta try it...
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 02:08 AM

@ ventor1, agreed this truly amazing effect of clouds,
But the lower half of the image, especially that top of the cloud, showing part of it on the bottom line, have done using this tut? I think you need to add part-2 to this tut ;) .
BTW Goonfella, this a very helpful tut, thanks.
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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:41 PM

Hi I am new to this!
and I really hard time and I do not speak English and to learn a little more use the google translator and some words are not well translated ...
I find it hard to understand some steps!
But anyway this is what I came to my

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 02:33 PM

looks like cotton candy or for those that don't know that name it would be fairy floss :D

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:56 AM

I think you need to try blending the clouds into the background a bit more using the transparent gradient . Interesting colors. ;)
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:13 AM

Sadly, I've lost the file that had several much better examples, but here's my first draft I used to test this technique that Goon shared here. I've added a text effect as I'd always wanted to render something like this and was happy to be able to do it without actually setting up something in a program like Blender to achieve the effect.

Same technique more or less was used for the letters. Had to add a drop shadow to keep them from blending too much was one difference and that bleeds through the letters a little. Though it appears you can get that effect with a small amount of curves use on nearly transparent edges of the lettering. I also had to use a jittering smudge in a few places as a test and to add some wisp. That's not as easy as I'd thought it would be either. ;)

Anyways ... here's my first draft of finally getting to do GF's most excellent tutorial:


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