Photoshop Brushes

Cloud Nine — Brush Presets

Nicolesy "Cloud Nine" Brush Set

Cloud brushes for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements®, and Affinity Photo

This set of brushes allow you to add real clouds to the skies of your photographs. They are simple to use and require no knowledge of masking or sky replacement.

Want to see how these brushes work? Click here to download a free 2-cloud brush sample pack.

Included with your purchase:

  • 40 custom cloud brushes (.abr file)
  • Video tutorials for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Affinity Photo with instructions on installing and applying the cloud brushes to your photos. 13 videos total, includes closed-captions (online only). Videos can be downloaded to your computer or viewed online.

Software compatibility:

  • Adobe Photoshop (Versions CS4, CS5, CS6, CC)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements (Versions 9 and higher)
  • Affinity Photo
  • These brushes work with any application that allows for importing .abr pixel-based brush files

Cloud nine thumbnails

Video Tutorials included with this purchase:

  • Lesson 01 — Photoshop: Installing the Brush Files
  • Lesson 02 — Photoshop: Setting up a Custom Brush Workspace
  • Lesson 03 — Photoshop: Adding Clouds
  • Lesson 04 — Photoshop: Masking the Cloud Layer
  • Lesson 05 — Photoshop: Start to Finish
  • Lesson 06 — Photoshop: Start to Finish
  • Lesson 07 — Photoshop Elements: Installing the Brush Files
  • Lesson 08 — Photoshop Elements: Adding Clouds
  • Lesson 09 — Photoshop Elements: Masking the Cloud Layer
  • Lesson 10 — Photoshop Elements: Start to Finish
  • Lesson 11 — Affinity Photo: Installing the Brush Files
  • Lesson 12 — Affinity Photo: Adding Clouds
  • Lesson 13 — Affinity Photo: Start to Finish

Frequently Asked Questions:

What software do the brushes work with?

The brush pack contains an .abr file, which is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements,as well as Affinity Photo.Please note: These brush presets do NOT work with ON1 Photo or Luminar.

What do the brushes do?

This brush set allows you to add a cloud to your photo with a single click. There are 40 unique brush presets to work with so you'll always have some diversity within your photographs. They work best with images that have a clear blue sky, and can be resized to fit your scene as needed.

What images do these brushes work best with?

This brush set works best on photographs with a clear sky (no existing clouds). You can easily paint in white clouds, and then colorize and stylize them using Layer styles (Photoshop) or clipping masks (Photoshop Elements). Video instructions on how to do this are included with your downloads.

How do I install the brush set?

Installation of the brush set isvery easyand can be done from the Brush panel or Preset Manager in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and the Brushes panel in Affinity Photo. And, if you need a little help, video instructions for all three applications are included with your purchase and specifically show how to install and use the Cloud Nine brush set.

I've never used these types of brushes before ... help!

Don't worry! I've got you covered. With your purchase you will also receive video tutorials to help walk you through the steps of installing and using this brush set in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Affinity Photo. In fact, after downloading the files you can be adding clouds to your own photos in a matter of minutes!

Adobe® and Photoshop® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Please note: This item is delivered digitally as a download and is not a physical product.

Watch a high-speed demo of these brush presets in action. Adding the Cloud Nine brushes is quite simple, and they can also be enhanced easily to blend them with your photographs. In this video you will see the following techniques:

  • Selecting a brush
  • Choosing a brush color (white)
  • Clicking to apply the brush
  • Masking the blue sky to place clouds behind items (it's very easy!)
  • Using layer styles to stylize the brush overlays
  • Adding a grain overlay to blend them all together

All of the techniques viewed in the demo below are included in the tutorials you will receive with your downloads.

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    08 Feb 2020
    I recommend this product

    Another Winner!

    Just as you've come to expect, a no-nonsense, straight to the point and comprehensive guide along with an extremely useful collection of cloud brushes. Just buy it!

    Paul M.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Nicolesy Store Cloud Nine — Brush Presets Review
    19 Jul 2019
    I recommend this product

    Easy to use

    Living at the coast I am primarily an outdoor photographer and sometimes we have just plain blue skies over the ocean, so creating big fluffy clouds with this Preset really adds an entirely different depth to my photos and makes them POP!

    Gwen H.
    United States United States
    11 Jun 2019
    I recommend this product


    I use Photoshop 8.0 for Windows but I cannot add opacity to a cloud. I am unaware to add a cloud behind a building... I noticed that Cloud Nine is destined for Photoshop CC?!?! Don't know what to do Mrs Nicole!!!!

    Danny V.
    04 May 2019
    I recommend this product

    So easy!

    There is a great variety of cloud shapes and they look realistic. Easy to a place and move around, resize, etc.

    Margarita N.
    26 Mar 2019
    I recommend this product

    Cloud 9 & me

    Cloud Nine is not the first software I bought from the Nicolesy Store. I also own ON1 Hundred, Landscape Gradients and Nicolesy Bokeh. All packages are nicely developed and easy to use. For old dogs like me there is also a set of video tutorials included that I found to be extremely useful. If you still need more help Nicole will get back to you quickly. We never stop learning and I like her soft yet logical approach. Vlad Kabelik

    Vladimir K.
    12 Nov 2018

    Love them, but...

    I love the clouds, but I find it hard to use them correctly. Need too watch the video another couple of times.

    Peter K.
    05 Oct 2018


    Works very well Big timesaver .

    Ludo V.
    04 Oct 2018

    Works as Advertised

    Another Nicole hit! No messing with masks and complicated layers. Bare skies are gone forever in both color and B&W. Thanks, Nicole.

    John G.
    United States
    25 Sep 2018

    Very useful preset

    Saves a lot of time, no need for masking, just brush your clouds on to the sky. All brush controls are available, make your clouds any size, colour or texture. Works in PSE13 and AffinityPhoto which are my applications. Easy to install thanks to included videos.

    Richard W.
    United Kingdom
    23 Sep 2018

    Easy to Use, Great Variety

    I love the ease of use and the variety of brushes available.

    Rene d.
    United States
    22 Sep 2018

    Cloud 9

    I have not made it effective tool as intended by the designer yet mainly because of my inadequate ability in using Photoshop. For ex I can not use eraser tool to delete the selection of the cloud pattern and pick another one.

    Masaaki T.
    United States
    21 Sep 2018

    Love the cloud brushes

    So far, this set of brushes are my favorite. They are very realistic additions to the photos. Another favorite is the video files that accompanied these brushes. Very well done and easy to follow. Thanks again for a product that is very useful to me.

    Carol R.
    United States