Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Smoke creating with PS

1 - Create some Shapes: I created some random shapes.

Create some random shapes

2 - Apply a Gaussian blur on each shape

Create some random shapes

3 - Using the liquify filter

Create some random shapes

4 - Positioning the shapes

Create some random shapes

5 - Adding some colors

Use the Hue/Saturation with the colorize selected to add some colors
Add a background color on the layer of the shape, otherwise the Hue/Saturation won't work

6 - Creating a cloud behind the smoke

Creating the cloud
Set a feather with a high value, like 40 to 80, and after that apply the hue/saturation on the cloud too

7 - Adding a gradient to create an atmosphere

Create some random shapes
The gradient will give a atmosphere and more depth to the image

Final Result

Create some random shapes

The whole process took me about 30 to 40 minutes tops, it’s pretty simple, although it can be quite hard to create a natural smoke with the liquify filter, the best thing to do is to play with the brushes and with the tools to achieve the desired effect.

The PSD file can be downloaded.

Final Result ( MB
shapes.zip3.57 MB
Wallpaper 1280x1024 (smokeTest.jpg)163.55 KB


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