5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

If you’re into black and white architecture fine art or anything related, you probably know that many of this kind of photography show some cloud in high motion in the picture. This is one of the features that usually showed in architecture fine art or some landscape photography. And many people think that it is hard to make it. But that’s not true. Here are 5 steps to create long exposure clouds in photoshop

One way to create it is by using the ND filter and long shutter speed. And another is by using Photoshop. For now, I’m just gonna show you these 5 simple steps to create a long exposure cloud in photoshop.

5 Simple Step to Create Long Exposure Cloud in Photoshop

Before we begin, let me say that this tutorial is just gonna show you how to create the cloud. But not the architecture fine art itself. Click here to learn how to create black and white architecture fine art photography.

1. Open a new layer

The first step is to create a new layer.

If you just start the photoshop, click file->New or by press ctrl+N (windows) or command+N (mac). And set your file setting.

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

Or if you already open your photo file just simply create a new layer by clicking the blank page icon lower-left corner of the photoshop (next to the delete icon).

2. Turn the Layer Black

Well…I never see a black cloud in architecture fine art (If you saw it, I love to see it), that’s why it usually white cloud on dark background. And to this, you can simply do it by pressing the ctrl+I (windows) or command+I (mac).

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

3. Create white dots

You can make a new layer (which is what I usually do) or you can do it in your current layer. Use the brush tool on the left panel or by simply press the B button. And then just start click on your layer or you can create a short line. Don’t just do it once, do it some more.

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

4. Add a motion blur

Now, this is what we wanted to do, create the long exposure effect and motion blur will make that effect. To add a motion blur click filter->blur->motion blur. And then the motion blur box gonna show. Choose how much distance and the direction you want and click OK.

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

If you want more motion effect of it, you do it by simply click filter->filter (the first option) (since it just shows your previous effect you make) or just by press the ctrl+f (windows) or command+f (mac).

5. Add gaussian blur

Well, this one is optional. If you think it isn’t necessary, you can leave it and be done with it. But for me, gaussian blur just makes the cloud fit to the photo. That’s why I usually use it. Basically gaussian blur creates an image that looks out of focus, which is good for the cloud, at least for me that is.

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

It’s just like before, you can do this by click filter->blur->gaussian blur and then gaussian blur box gonna show. Choose the radius. If you don’t think is enough, just press the ctrl+f (windows) or command+f (mac).

Finish

So here is the result

5 Steps to Create Long Exposure Clouds in Photoshop

 

So here are 5 simple steps to create a long exposure cloud in photoshop. Its obviously you can’t use this picture. But this tutorial is just to show you how to create the cloud. You can edit it by transform (ctrl+T) or tweak it so it can fit your image, or you can make it more than one by duplicate (ctrl+J) it.

It’s up to you…

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