Tutorial: Cloudy Gimp

Okay, So I’m back from no posts, so I thought I’d write about a nice little gem I found while searching for some techniques, tutorials and ways of doing certain things in The Gimp. I’ll probably post more tutorials soon, but here’s the first one, It’s heavily based on this tutorial by Antichange on deviantart.

Painting Clouds In The Gimp

  1. Create a new blank canvas any size you want, I used 1600×1200, set the canvas up with the following settings:

    Transparency

    Colour Space: RGB; Fill With: Transparency

  2. Here comes a fun part: Take out the paintbrush tool (P), select a nice greyish blue colour – #6caad8 maybe? – and then paint on a few circular scribbles:

    Quite simple to do, and also, quite fun if you make it.

    Animation Of Painting: Quite simple to do, and also, quite fun if you make it.

  3. Now, take out the Dodge/Burn tool ( Shift + D ), and start Dodging colour away from the inside out ­– I used a brush size of 15, a scale of 1, no pressure settings, mode of Midtones, and an exposure of 40.
    Note, This needs to be done in one mouse click
  4. Now, still with the Dodge/Burn tool, Repeat the process of step 3. You should end up with something like:

    What I ended up with; After trial and error, you'll get something that looks about right.

  5. Here’s another fun part: Take out the Smudge tool ( S ), and start smudging the colour from the light area to the transparent area.
    Note,
    I had to fill up the transparent areas that I’d left, simply by using the paintbrush and Selecting the colour I needed to patch up.)
  6. Duplicate the first layer below itself, and add a Gaussian Blur (Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur), and set the radius to around 60 (or whatever looks right to you).
  7. Merge the two layers together. Add a Layer Mask to the resulting layer, we want to select “Black (full transparency)”. Switch to that layer mask – next to the layer preview, there should now be a black box with a white border. (You’re cloud will disappear, due to the layer mask)
  8. Now, take out the gradient tool ( L ), select the shape of Radial and the colour to be white. Then, draw on to several gradients from the center of your cloud out. (As you do, you’re cloud will become visible again)

    I'll be the first to admit that this is kinda cheating, but it gives the desired effect.

    I'll be the first to admit, that this is kind of cheating.

  9. And now we’re pretty much done, you may want to add another layer select the cloud via “alpha to selection” and filling it with white, so you’re cloud isn’t a bright blue. But other then that we’re all done. Here’s the original tutorial, once again.
The Final Piece of Work, with a few additions

The Final Piece of Work, with a few additions

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  1. Hey, this is antichange from dA! I love the changes you made to this tutorial :3

    Nice job! ❤




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