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Tutorial: How to change a boring sky to a cool cloudy sky

Written by , translated by redforce · Created on Jan 17, 2008, last updated almost 7 years ago CC BY-NC License
How to change a boring sky to a cool cloudy sky

Motivation

A brief tutorial, to change a boring sky into an interessting cloudy sky. Because no one will believe, that you've got such a fine weather in the alps.

Tutorial details

  1. 1

    Select the whole blue sky with the magic-wand-tool. To select the whole sky, move the mouse a little bit to the right side, while you push the mouse-button

  2. 2

    Add a new, transparent layer from the selection. Entitle this layer „Clouds“. In my example („Wolken“ which is the German word for clouds)

  3. 3

    Call the layer-dialogue (STRG+L). Activate the cloud-layer

  4. 4

    Apply Filter / Render / Clouds / Plasma.

  5. 5

    Colours, Desaturate.

  6. 6

    Now change the layer mode to either:
    „Screen“ or „Overlay“ or „Soft Edges“

  7. 7

    Feel free to experiment with the transparency of the layer. Or you can duplicate the clouds-layer to get a stronger look – just as you like!

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truckerbob33 member for about 5 years truckerbob33 2 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 2 years ago

I'm not that good w gimp, but I'd like to try this

berniek member for about 6 years berniek 3 comments rated this topic with 5/5
about 6 years ago

Simple trick, yet very good. Thnx!

cats_123 member for about 7 years cats_123 3 comments
about 7 years ago

so far so good, but I started with a blank grey sky and desaturation has turned it dark grey.....how do I change colours?

jorge adrian krasnopolsky
about 8 years ago

Simply genial! i said years ago and now also.
Gentlemans have a nice day,please.
Im studing the GIMP of course...is infinite!

I need to know more about mixing pictures...
Some thing like CRAZY BUMP,becouse...I loose it.
Thank you.

passing by
over 9 years ago

fabulous

jorge adrian krasnopolsky
almost 10 years ago

Simplemente genial!