If you’re into black and white architecture fine art or anything related, you probably know that many of these kinds of photography show some cloud in high motion in the picture. This is one of the features that is usually shown 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 Steps 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 photoshop, click file->New or by press ctrl+N (windows) or command+N (mac). And set your file setting.
Or if you have already opened your photo file just simply create a new layer by clicking the blank page icon lower-left corner of 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 is usually a white cloud on dark background. And to this, you can simply do it by pressing the ctrl+I (windows) or command+I (mac).
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 simply press the B button. And then just start to click on your layer or you can create a short line. Don’t just do it once, do it some more.
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.
If you want more motion effect of it, you do it by simply clicking filter->filter (the first option) (since it just shows your previous effect you make) or just by pressing 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 into 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.
It’s just like before, you can do this by clicking filter->blur->gaussian blur, and then the 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).
So here is the result
So here are 5 simple steps to create a long exposure cloud in photoshop. It’s obvious 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 tweaking 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…