How to draw clouds in Photoshop In this video I will show you how you can paint clouds in Photoshop The technique also applies to other digital art programs though. I’ll demonstrate how you can paint different types of clouds and what colors you can use when painting clouds. First I’ll lay down a background color using a chalk like brush When you paint a sky, the top part of the sky should be darker and more saturated than the bottom part The sky near the horizon will be very light and desaturated The lower part will only be darker when there are storm clouds on the way for example I’ll start painting the clouds on a new layer and start with a grey color I like to work from dark to light. During day time, when the sun is high in the sky The clouds will be lit at the top and have a shadow at the bottom Be sure to keep this in mind. It might seem like clouds are white, but there can actually be quite a lot of color in clouds The sky will reflect in the clouds, so you can usually find a lot of blue tones in clouds but you can also find greens, purples, oranges, etc. The colors can get more extreme during sunset or extreme weather conditions Be sure to give your clouds color to make them look more ‘alive’ I like to paint the clouds using a round brush, painting bigger and smaller dabs to build up the shape of the clouds. In between passes, I blend the colors with a soft brush, we don’t want any hard edges in the clouds. Clouds come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. I’ll paint some whispy clouds now. Be sure to build up the clouds slowly, working from big shapes to small shapes nd gradually work towards lighter colors Don’t start out with white, but save the brightest colors for last. The colors of clouds can change dramatically depending on the time of day Near the end of the day, when the sun is at a lower point, the clouds get a warm glow The part of the cloud that is in sunlight will have warm colors, oranges and yellows. The part of the cloud that is in shadow will have cool colors, blues and purples. You can use an Overlay layer to add warm and cool tones to the cloud, making the colors look more vibrant. Finally, I’ll paint clouds during sunset. In this scene the sun is at an even lower point in the sky lighting the clouds from beneath and giving the clouds a warm orange/red glow. First I’ll paint the background, already adding a cloudy backdrop. I use a purples, pinks, blues and oranges. To paint these clouds, I start off with a dark color again. Laying down the base of the cloud. Once I have the basic shape of the cloud, I start adding light to the bottom. The sun is very low, so it’ll give the bottom of these clouds a very warm glow. I like to stay zoomed out and focus on the big shapes of this piece There is no need to pay attention to details. Doing quick studies like this is a great way to practice your painting skill and also a lot of fun! With all their vibrant colors and varying shapes, clouds are wonderful subjects to paint. Using an Overlay layer again, I add more color to the clouds. This is an easy way to warm up that bottom part of the clouds. Have fun drawing and painting clouds! Clouds are great study material to improve your digital art skills. If you enjoyed this video, don’t forget to give a thumbs up It’s much appreciated! See you in my next video!