Painting explosions with custom brushes in Photoshop

Here’s a short video on using clouds to paint explosions or fire with Photoshop.

The main concept is to create a brush from a cloud.

You’ll need a photo of a cloud to play along, so if it’s night or there aren’t any fluffy clouds close by to photograph, grab one of these…

Here are a few clouds:

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Here’s what you could end up with: