How to Create Cartoon Clouds in Gimp

Posted by kasrak
Created Jan 4, 2007
Category Fun
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This tutorial will teach you how to make fluffy cartoon clouds.

Don't wanna read? Watch the video!

Step 1: Create a New File

Leave the defaults, 480x680 is fine.

Create a new file

Step 2: Set the background color

I set it to a nice, sky blue gradient: #66aebd to #8fe1f3:

Step 3: Create the Cloud

Select the elliptical select tool and set the following settings. Everything is at its default value, except the mode, which is set to Add:

Create a new layer. Now create a couple of circles (hold Shift to create circles) connected to each other using the elliptical tool until you have a selection that looks like this:

Now use to the fill tool to fill your selection with white:

Step 4: Depth and Shadows

Time to add some depth to our clouds. Set your foreground color to a slightly darker and muted blue that you used for the background. I used #618d96. Then select a circular brush with the following settings (make a new one if you can't find one that matches):

Create a new layer above your cloud's layer, use this brush, to add some depth to your cloud. You might want to decrease the opacity of this layer. I set it to 40%:

Finally, just add a very weak drop shadow to your cloud (Script-Fu > Shadow > Drop Shadow). Make sure the cloud's layer it selected, not the depth layer!:



  1. Feb 22, 2007, Scott said:

    Well done!

  2. Feb 22, 2007, Scott said:

    Well done!

  3. Apr 9, 2007, kasrak said:


  4. Apr 15, 2007, smileyalyssa said:


  5. Apr 16, 2008, prosit said:

    How do ya add the depth to the cloud ?

  6. Apr 16, 2008, kasrak said:

    Using the soft brush in step 4, just draw around the bottom edges of you cloud selection.

  7. May 24, 2008, 123456 said:

    I want to do it geese

  8. Feb 17, 2009, Joanna said:

    Great! Just what I needed. Easy too. Thanks!

  9. Jul 5, 2010, kasrak said:

    video tutorial available:

  10. Jul 5, 2010, kasrak said:

    video tutorial available:

  11. Sep 12, 2011, Harsh_El_Cool said:

    Which font is used in writing "A Cloud!"...

    Plzz tell......

  12. Sep 15, 2011, kasrak said:

    It's font called Delicious. You can download it here

  13. Sep 17, 2011, Harsh_El_Cool said:

    @Kasrak thanx for ur help!! I appreciate it!!

  14. Apr 18, 2012, JonBonning said:

    Wow Kasrak - you make it so easy. I'll be using this on my next web design. It's a Super Mario tribute blog. I just need to pixelate your clouds and I'm golden!

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