In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design an Interesting Cloud Text Effect in 3 Easy Steps in Photoshop. We will mainly use custom brushsets and utilise brush options to achieve this text effect. This is a beginner level tutorial, have a try :)

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Cloud Brush

Smoke Brush

Hot Air Balloon

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 700px, grab the Gradient Tool and fill the background layer with a light blue gradient:

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Click to enlarge the following screenshot to reveal the colour code:

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Use the cloud brush set you downloaded, paint some white cloud on a new layer and we will use this as our background:

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Step 2

We will type some texts onto our canvas, I used the “Lucida Handwriting” font that comes with Photoshop:

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Load the smoke brush into Photoshop and use the following set:

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Press “F5″ to bring up the brush options window, apply the following setting:

Shape Dynamics

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Make sure you tick the “Smoothing” and “Protect Texture” option.

Use the brush, gently paint over the text as shown below, adjust the brush size accordingly:

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Turn off the original text layer, and you will have the following effect:

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Then on this newly painted cloud layer, apply the following “Bevel and Emboss” layer blending effect:

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 3

We will add some retouches to this effect. To make text slightly sharpen, we flatten the image and apply the following “Unsharpen Mask” filter (Filter > Sharpen > Unsharpen Mask):

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We can paint some cloud under the text, just to make the text look like floating above the cloud:

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Load the hot air balloon PSD File into Photoshop and add some hot air balloons into the image:

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Finally we can use the same brush in step 2 to add some extra cloud texture around the text:

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and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!