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Cloud and Noise Texture Tutorial

Need a noise or cloud texture like the old filter "Render/Clouds" in PhotoShop?

  1. Pick a color that is in a color range. Let's use the grays near the end of the default palette. Click on any gray on the bottom right.

  2. Select the airbrush tool (spray icon).

  3. Use the menus to select Mode/Cycle (or press F7). If you paint with this, it will produce random gray dots around your mouse pointer.

  4. Select one of the big square brushes. Hit F7 again.

  5. Click Airbrush again and then paint on the canvas to spread a lot of small squares with different shades of gray. Continue to fill the screen like this:

cloud blocks

(Tip: You can paint under the tool bar and menus by continuing to hold the mouse button down as you move the airbrush tool into the these areas.)

  1. Hit TAB key for fun. You now have an ophthalmic headache. :laughing: Hit TAB again to switch off.

  2. Now we need to blur/smooth this psychedelic pattern. Use SMOOTH MODE (hit F8 or Mode menu, Smooth). But you can only paint with this, not fill the whole screen. Hit d for draw tool. Select the large circle brush on top right. Use Smooth mode again (F8) Try it out to see what it does. It's smoothing the pixel edges. Since we there are enough color shades in-between available in current palette we get a nice smooth look.

  3. To paint efficiently, we need a LARGE brush. Enlarge your circle brush using the plus key += or the shift-H key to double its size.

  4. Paint all the screen to smooth with this large brush. You may see the ZZz pointer a bit as PyDPainter works to smooth large areas.

When you're done it should look like a screenful of clouds:

cloud blur


In the next tutorial, we'll show you how you can easily draw the Sun, planets, and plasma balls like these:

sun wrap

Tutorial written by Stephane Anquetil

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