Tutorial: Bringing out the Clouds  

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Tutorial: Bringing out the Clouds
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Noobguy: Was working on an image and decided to share the key element that brought it out. Done fairly simply. Open your image in photoshop and open up the unsharp mask. Use a fairly large radius, 90 in this image at full size, and a adjust the amount, I used 100%. This will bring out the "billowing" of the clouds. Then go back with burn tool set to 4% and shadows and darken the dark clouds, use dodge tool at 4% and highlights to highlight the light clouds (or around the dark ones). Make sure noise is cleaned before using unsharp. The image that prompted this is here: Painted North Carolina Sunset


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12/12/04 1:07 PM GMT
Thanks for the tips. Nice job.
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12/12/04 1:30 PM GMT
Good tip, never thought about burning and dodgeing them.
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12/12/04 5:06 PM GMT
Wow, this is great, thanks for the tip, wouldnt ever think to do anything like that.
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12/14/04 4:35 AM GMT
I dunno. I see the technique, and its good, but I think the way it was used on this shot was a little too much... I dont see a lot of dark clouds scattered like that at sunset.

But I do appreciate the tips, I plan to use them on my own images!
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12/14/04 4:53 AM GMT
yeah, if you are refring to the final image *linked in the description*, it was intentionally over done, as shown in the title its supposed to look more like a painting than a photograph.
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02/08/05 1:39 PM GMT
Tony, thanks for the tutorial
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06/25/05 9:41 AM GMT
great tips
i'm using the things i learned from here :))
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10/19/05 7:53 PM GMT
i like the first one better...dont like the dark clouds in the front :(
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01/25/08 5:14 AM GMT
Goood Job mate
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11/04/08 3:57 AM GMT
tone curve in Corel 9 works for this to
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