Anime Cloud Painting Tutorial

smudge tool anime cloud painting
This is a simple step by step on how we can paint anime clouds easily. In brief, we will paint the shape of clouds then smudge the contour of the clouds. This will give the feeling as the clouds were drag by wind.

Quick Anime Cloud Painting Tutorial

  1. Draw the contour shape of cloud with hard edge brush.
  2. Shade the cloud with layer transparency lock.
  3. Smudge the edge contour of cloud.

Photoshop anime cloud painting

More info on the brush settings in my other tutorial, Anime Cloud Brush Settings which only use the default Photoshop brush.


Some artworks I did using similar method.

yellow streetlight Sunset muar
I have written a more detail tutorial in my anime cloud painting tutorial page.


DeviantArt Anime Cloud Tutorial
DeviantArt Yellow streetlight
DeviantArt Sunset


  1. Great tutorial! I'd love to see your take on painting thunder clouds and lightning!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. It really helps :)


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