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Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 35

15 brushes for creating clouds, fog and mist effects By Dave Nagel
I haven't yet found a filter for Adobe Photoshop that can create decent cloud effects. The best way to get them is to create them manually, but that can take a lot of time and effort. So I'm going to alleviate the pressure on you by offering a new collection of cloud brushes that will help you get the job done more quickly on large images. As always, these brushes are free to download and use as you see fit.

The brushes
This new library of brushes for Adobe Photoshop--Nagel Series 35--offers custom brushes designed for creating clouds and similar effects, such as mist and haze, fog, smoke and the like. What distinguishes this latest collection from previous collections of cloud brushes that we've offered is shear size. The brushes in Nagel Series 35 range from a 333-pixel diameter at the small end all the way up to 877 pixels on the top end. So these are geared primarily toward working on larger images and images with high resolutions to provide a large amount of cloud cover quickly. However, you can also adjust the size of the brushes downward for working on smaller images.

There are 15 brushes in total, all of which are designed to be used for the creation of clouds. All of the brushes are fully dynamic and take advantage of features found in Wacom Intuos, Cintiq and Graphire tablets, including pressure and tilt, to modify characteristics like size, opacity and scatter. (Graphire and some Cintiq models don't support pen tilt.) They're also fully customizable, so you can adjust controls and brush characteristics to suit your needs.

Here are samples of all of the brushes in this week's colection. The examples are all drawn with just one or two strokes of the brush using varying pressure and tilt on the graphics tablet to achieve variation. Some of the samples were also created using variations on blending modes to achieve brighter, sunset-like colors. (I'll be posting a tutorial later this week on how to accomplish these sorts of effects using the brushes in this collection, so stay tunes for that.) In some cases, the diameters of the brushes were altered in order to allow the details to show in these small previews. Below these samples you'll find instructions for downloading and installing this collection.

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Remember that you can find even more free downloads by clicking here.

Download and installation
This week's brush collection is compressed in a Zip archive, which can be decompressed using any Zip utility. (Simply double-click the file in Mac OS X to decompress it.) These brushes support Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2 in Macintosh and Windows environments. They are also supported by recent versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements. These brushes will not function in Photoshop 7.

As always, this latest collection (Nagel Series 35) is free to download and use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Once you download the brush file (, expand it. (The expanded file will be called NagelSeries35.abr.). Then move the .abr file into the Brushes directory in your Photoshop folder (/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Brushes) to make it accessible from the Brushes palette's flyaway menu once you launch Photoshop.

Then launch Photoshop. Open your Brushes palette, and click on the flyaway menu at the top right. There you'll find the new brush collection, listed in alphabetical order with the other brushes in your Brushes directory. You can install this collection simply by selecting it. After you select it, the new brushes will appear at the bottom of the list of available brushes. (Note that if the brushes do not appear in this flyaway menu, you can load them manually by selecting "Load Brushes" from the menu. A dialog will appear asking you to locate the brush file manually.)

If you have any questions, be sure to visit me in our Adobe Photoshop forum here.  And remember that you can find our previous downloads by clicking here.

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