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Weekly Download: Photoshop Brushes, Series 11

25 brushes for cloud and vapor trail effects By Dave Nagel
A couple weeks ago I wrote up a tutorial on creating cloud effects using nothing but the filters built into Adobe Photoshop. But there's a better, more customizable way to produce not only cloud effects, but also other vaporous matter, such as jet trails and smoke plumes. Can you guess which way I'm referring to? That's right: custom brushes that use the color and scattering features of Photoshop 7's Paint Engine. And so I've created a bunch of these brushes, compiled into a free collection I like to call "Nagel Series 11 Photoshop Brushes."

This week's collection includes 25 total brushes, divided into clouds and vapor trails. The cloud brushes (17 in total) use large nibs and scattering for producing skyscapes, while the vapor trail brushes use smaller nibs and tighter scattering to produce thin jet (or rocket) trails, as well as smoke columns or anything else you can come up with.


The effects you can get out of this package vary widely depending on the base color you select for your brushes. Here's a sampling using a light gray base for each of the brushes in Normal compositing mode. Of course, you can also use overlays, color dodges and the like for more stark effects (such as sunsets, light flashes, etc.), or softer modes to produce fog and haze.


Nagel Series 11-Cloud Brush 12


Nagel Series 11-Cloud Brush 6


Nagel Series 11-Cloud Brush 4


Nagel Series 11-Jet Trail (1 through 6)

These brushes will run on Macintosh and Windows systems and are compatible with Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and up. Continue on to the next page for download and installation instructions. (And remember, you can find all of our previous download by visiting our Features archive.)

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