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:

As always, you can reach me with questions and comments at

Here’s what you could end up with:

Welcome to my new Blog

I’m semi-retired and living in Shenzhen, China and Toronto, Canada with my family. I occasionally tutor and lecture on topics such as ICT, Accelerated Learning Methodologies, as well as Adobe and Microsoft software.

I’ll work on using this blog to perhaps give you some new places to go, people to meet and books to read.

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Looking forward to chatting with you!