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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 11 years ago CC BY-NC License
How to change a boring sky to a cool cloudy sky


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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paul46 member for over 9 years paul46 4 comments rated this topic with 4/5
7 months ago

this worked well for me (GIMP 2.10.22) using Overlay Mode

truckerbob33 member for about 9 years truckerbob33 2 comments rated this topic with 5/5
over 6 years ago

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

berniek member for about 10 years berniek 3 comments rated this topic with 5/5
about 10 years ago

Simple trick, yet very good. Thnx!

cats_123 member for over 11 years cats_123 3 comments
over 11 years ago

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

jorge adrian krasnopolsky
about 12 years ago

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

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

passing by
over 13 years ago


jorge adrian krasnopolsky
almost 14 years ago

Simplemente genial!