We all have ideas in our head that we want to see on paper or on the screen. But that's only the start! The real work is figuring out how to create it!
In Media, it's less about which program you used, and more about how did the outcome look? If you can make something look great in Flash and Premiere instead of After Effects; then use that!
Media is basically a mixed media type of painting where you can use anything you want, and you achieve success when the outcome looks beautiful.
Crayola Suite CS6
Programs like the Adobe Suite are all just tools and mediums of the digital art world, just as pencil and charcoal are of the traditional art world.
What's nice, like a pencil, each tool or program has numerous different ways to create the exact same thing. With that being said, I'm going to show you 2 different ways to create clouds in Adobe Flash, my personal favorite tool.
How to Make Clouds in Adobe Flash
First off, let's start with a clean slate. I like my sky to be a subtle gradient between a blue and a slightly washed out blue. In other words, make a square and change the color tab's objects from solid to linear;
Play around with it, intill you get what you want, or something similar to;
Way 1: Realistic(ish) Clouds
Depending on the art style you are going to use these for, you might need a more stylized approach, but I wanted to show the more realistic looking clouds first.
I like to select some of the colors from the brighter side of the gradient above and scribble in color where you want the clouds to go. Then scribble on top of that with lighter colors, and repeat till you get to white.
Get the basic shape you want, but this doesn't have to perfect.
Now convert those scribbles into a Movie Clip Symbol. You can do that by right clicking, and convert to symbol. You can do each cloud individual or all together, depending on the purpose. I do mine individually.
Now in the properties tab on the side, add the filter Blur.
Play with it in till you get what you want. 20-35 usually is more than enough.
Mine came out like so;
Not bad for scribbles.
Way 2: Cartoon (Stylized) Clouds
Now, the ones above are "realistic" feeling, but I enjoy my toon-y ones, too. Take the same gradient background we created before, and let's start over, like an etch-a-sketch.
To start, let's use that fancy 'Circle Tool' creator. Change the paint fill option to "/" or nothing, but keep the stroke. Add 3 circles and combine to get this effect;
Now delete the inner lines. I didn't like what it looked like so I added another circle as you see below;
Fill in with a gradient, white to a washed out blue works perfectly for this. Again, I like to use the background's colors to make it more unified.
Delete the outline, dupilcate the original a few times, and you should get something to this effect;
Experiment with this! These techniques aren't "cloud-exclusive." See what else you can make.