How do I make cartoon clouds in Anime Studio?
When making clouds in Anime Studio, whether you’re using Anime Studio Debut or Anime Studio Pro, it’s important to use a couple of your effects to make the cloud look real.
Effect 1: Soft edge. If you’re making a cloud that fills your opening camera box, you’ll want the effect to be in proportion to it, so make sure you turn your blur radius to about 50.
Effect 2: Shaded. Most clouds are not pure white in appearance, so you’ll want to use a little shading to blend a white or gray look with a darker shade of gray.
Here are my settings for a cloud the size of the default camera box:
Light angle: 90-ish
Shadow Color: Default
If you were to use a gradient instead of the shading feature, you may end up with problems as your clouds move across the sky. Your gradient might not follow. This technique, however, will make sure your scene looks natural.
Here are the clouds in front of a sky background:
These are saved as jpeg files, so you won’t be able to animate them. They must remain still.
Here are the clouds in transparent .png and .jpeg for you to use in your own animations:
Click to open the image in a much larger window. If you don’t see anything, right click and “Save As…” anyway. You don’t see it because it’s a white cloud on a white background.
Here is some free cloud clipart with black outlines: