Join Uli Staiger for an in-depth discussion in this video Painting clouds with the Mixer Brush, part of Digital Painting in Photoshop: Powered by Nature.
What we need for the landscape is one final layer and in this layer I want to paint in the clouds. The clouds not on the sky, not on top of the image but the clouds inside that very wide valley so what we are going to do is, we create a new layer and I call that layer clouds. And before Photoshop CS5 it was usually like this. It just took a layer, white color and started to paint.
Or also, this is also possible, you photograph a sky and eliminate the blue parts of the sky so the clouds stay and you put in the clouds. Since Photoshop CS5 we have a new way of creating clouds. We can do that now with this tool called Mixer Brush, which you find right here. The Mixer Brush tool, it's not that easy to handle because as you can see, you have a lot of things you have to adjust before you can start. You have to adjust the flow. The mix, the load and the wet and the best thing I think to do, so to start painting is to try different things because the possibilities of combination of all these things is very big so, it's the best thing just to try and, try it a little bit and come up with that.
Take wet and load each 40%. The mix should be a lot higher and the flow stays at 100%. Then we need a color. We can do that with white, but the colors we have so far are more on the cool side. So I'll just open the colors and go to some Little, light blue something like this. Okay? So now I could start with the Mixer brush. All I need is the right tip. We have that round tip, which is not really perfect. I prefer something like this, which is a sampled tip. I double-click on it.
Just gives you the name and let's try with that of course it's too small so we need a bigger size and now I can just start to paint in the cloud. One thing is very important if you start now this happens and this is not what you wantLAUGH of course not so, I undo this. And make sure I hook on this sample all layers of sibility. Because if you don't do that, you see what happens. But if you do, then the Mixer brush can work with all the colors inside the image.
And this is exactly what we want to do if we start now to paint the clouds and you can see that it looks very smooth. This is a lot more cloudish I would say. Of course, it's a good idea to change the size a little bit, and now you can just start painting this. The more often you go over the same part, the brighter it gets. If it's too bright, maybe you want to have a little bit darker here, then you just lower the flow, to let's say, 60%.
And now you can say that the mixing behavior is a little bit different. And you can, of course, go with a even smaller tube diagonally. And if you notice that your brush is a little bit too blue like it is on the left side. Because this is not that blue anymore. Then you switch over to white and continue painting the cloud on this side here with pure white. So this is basically what I wanted to do to the cloud and I think if I continue painting a little bit more it looks more and more like a real cloud and if you like that this way then it's cool.
If you think it's a little bit too thick, your cloud, a little bit too bright you just lower the opacity from 100% to something like70%, and if you look at the image with and without the cloud you notice that it does a lot to the atmosphere of the image.
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