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Old 05-03-2006, 09:57 AM
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Looks like rotary sanded brass
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:23 AM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

A lot of interesting ideas here.
I took the piece I had posted in the Scanner Art thread, added clouds and craquelure over it and played with blending modes.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:03 PM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

I made an action for the smoke thread and had the idea to run it on clouds.

Tip: I cheated and held Alt while running Render Clouds, it creates a much more dramatic version.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:32 AM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

I do this now to relax, like some people play minesweeper

This actually wouldn't work at the higher rez specified in the first post.

Clouds
Water Color
Duplicate layer
Find Edges on duplicate
Set duplicate to Multiply
Add Hue/Sat layer to colorize
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:15 PM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

you folks would love filter forge. i do this stuff all day in FF. the 'components' are plug n play... plug your perlin noise into noise distortion then run it through a refraction component, etc, etc, etc. great fun. and you can get quite elaborate.

one of the great things about what you all are doing is what i call 'textures as art'. normally, i used to think of textures as background or fill or overlays to something else. but, in fact, textures all by themselves can be art. and, i think this is what is so appealing about all this.

i dont want to get too far away from doug's original theme here of what you can do with clouds and photoshop, but i'm going to post a 'filter' example i did in filter forge here of 'texture as art'. this was made entirely with filter forge using the same sorts of components as you have and use in photoshop and similar programs.

the various parts of this are all fairly common filters/components. the waterfall is perlin noise, stretched. the water is the same but rotated and color added. the background is worley noise with color added from a 5 color gradient. and the beach is perlin noise scaled down to speck size and colored.

one isnt likely to do too many portraits this way, but for landscapes, this can be quite useful and fun
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:25 AM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

Clouds
Difference Clouds while holding Alt key X 24-36 times (I lost track, I just kept hitting ctrl-F until I liked what I saw)
Duped layer and applied Emboss
Blended using Pin Light
Made tileable using Offset and Patch tool

A shame to resize it for posting, it was beautiful to zoom in on the wispy midtones
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Old 12-05-2007, 02:19 AM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

Started with clouds
Ran Difference Clouds about 50-60 times, zoomed in very tight and browsing around using the hand tool to find an interesting section. If I didn't find an interesting section I ran DC again.
Copied interesting new section to new document
Resampled back to 8"x10", 300ppi
Used freeware Mehdi Kaleidoscope filter
Used Find Edges, adjusted with levels
Duped layer, ran Emboss
Added very slight bit of Gaussian Blur
Used levels to adjust
Applied Exclusion blend mode
Flattened
Drew in Radial Gradient, difference mode, from center to edge

It's much more interesting at 300ppi and full size, you can zoom in on each little "tube". In fact, I named it "A Series of Tubes"
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:22 AM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

wow maybe i missed it, but no ones brought up lightning?
create a duo tone gradient the diagonol one, the more contrast the better, not TOO much though.
then create clouds, use levels to find a strong white line in the center, invert the image and screen blend it to whatever its going on.
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

Here's how to break a drought in 10 minutes using clouds, often used in this country.
Unfortunately you may find it only works to this recipe using CS2 or later.
Ok, make a new document - 500 x 500 pixels
press D
create a new layer
Apply -- filter >render >clouds
filter >blur >Gaussian blur set 6
filter >blur >motion blur. angle 90 distance 80
image >image size. set width = 300 pixel. (untick constrain proportions)
filter >artistic >plastic wrap. Hi light strength =15, detail =10, smoothness =10
filter >sketch >chrome. detail =0, smoothness =8
edit >fade chrome. opacity =100%. mode =hard light
image >image size >height =800 pixels. leave constrained proportions unchecked
edit >transform >warp. Now move anchors to resemble running water
Add a gradient colour and a tap, then go fill the swimming pool for the kids.
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:55 PM
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Re: Stuff you can do with clouds

Render clouds.
Gaussian blur (somewhere around 100, more or less)
Find edges
Auto levels (adjust left slider to right for darker)

Works with images too. Some neat effects with blend modes over original.

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