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Desert Storm
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By Moderator
Published on 07/17/2008
 
Adobe Photoshop has all the necessary means to get almost a real desert storm on simple picture only in several minutes. 

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Adobe Photoshop has all the necessary means to get almost a real desert storm on simple picture only in several minutes.

Open our picture. I used this image: Desert stop from Flickr.

Select for the beginning the sandy color as a working color one and approximately the same color for the background color, but it needs to be a little darker than the first nuance.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Make a click on the icon Create a new layer on the Layers palette.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

The new layer that we’ve got must be processed with the filter’s option from here: Filter > Render > Clouds. This way the layer will be filled with a texture of sandy color.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Next we need to transform this texture into sand. In this case open the filter’s window Filter > Noise > Add Noise, give to Amount option the value of 12%. Mark Distribution as Gaussian and check the Monochromatic and finally press OK.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

This way the layer looks like consisting of a lot of small grains of sand.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Select next step in the menu the selection Filter > Blur > Motion Blur to scatter on the grains of sand in the wind. Set the wind’s direction in the Angle field. Select the 10 value for the Distance field, for ex. and press OK.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop CS3

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The sand’s layer got a too heavy texture and in this case we need to select the Screen for the Blending Mode to get a harmonious texture on the picture.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

Next we need to get on the layer some additional empty spaces. For this operation we’ll pres Add layer mask selection on the Layers’ palette.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

Make a click on the mask’s icon for its activation and then press D button to set the black color as a working color.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

The background’s color is white.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

Fill the mask with a grey texture made of clouds, applying the filter’s selection from here: Filter > Render > Clouds.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

We’ll get open spaces on the layer containing the desert storm, but through these spaces the primary picture will be more visible.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

Imitating the wind’s blasts on different directions is possible if introducing several more layers, each of them repeating the described operations above.

Create a Real Desert Storm from simple picture in Adobe Photoshop
CS3

Experiment On!