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Old 12-16-2006, 03:09 PM
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How to make smoke?

Hi,

I'd like to add some gentle smoke rising from the coffee bean above and was wondering what is the best way to do this? I've seen some tutorials on smoke but they do not work well on this image since it's on a challenging backround (all the tutorials worked well on black background) . Anyway here's the image and would like to see if someone can come to the effect I am looking for. Thanks, Ljupco
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:22 PM
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Re: How to make smoke?

If you check out the link below, in the challenges section was just this type of thing, and explanations how it was done.

http://www.retouchpro.com/challenges...ry.php/cat/582

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:51 PM
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Re: How to make smoke?

Thanks. I'll have a look at those techniques
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Old 12-19-2006, 04:51 PM
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Re: How to make smoke?

Pardon my lack of artistic skill, but this may work. I did the sample below in about 2 minutes. No joke, I can't draw, but you should get the idea.

Create a new alpha channel and run Filter, render clouds. Duplicate that and run render clouds again on the dupe (black and white as foreground/background colors). Turn on the RGB channel then run Image-Calculations and blend these two alpha masks using the screen mode. Result should be a new channel.

Select All and copy the resulting channel. View RGB again and go back to layers and paste clouds . You should get a new layer. Add a black mask to the clouds layer and just start painting steam with a low opacity white brush. Blur, paint some more. Change opacity and size of your brush. Blur again etc. If you don't like something paint over with black or refill the mask with black and start over.

You may want to play with levels or blend modes. Linear Burn might be good.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:51 PM
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Re: How to make smoke?

i found this tutorial on making smoke in photoshop ... might be what your are looking for hope it helps.
http://www.pslover.com/click/7876
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:06 AM
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Re: How to make smoke?

Hi there

The first two examples below...as you can tell... where pictures of smoke downloaded off stockxchng. You can find 48 pages of smoke there. I looked for a black background because it was just a copy paste and change blend mode to screen.

The third was a quick attempt.. you and i could do better... to make my own. I used a grass brush painting white on a black background. Then a little gaussian blur and liquify. A change of blend mode to screen.

Another layer with black and white I rendered clouds while holding the alt key... again a blend mode change to screen and a layer mask to shape.

Hope this helps
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:41 AM
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Re: How to make smoke?

you ever try alien skin's smoke filter? I've used that before for subtle, light clouds of smoke.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:53 AM
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Re: How to make smoke?

Don't forget you can also find smoke and cloud brushes... Below are a few examples

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Old 12-22-2006, 09:24 AM
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Re: How to make smoke?

Draw some soft lines, distort them with the Smudge tool, Liquify them, duplicate them, mask the copy of 'em, and add highlights where needed. It makes for really really nice smoke.
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Old 12-22-2006, 06:48 PM
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Re: How to make smoke?

A few variations, made by drawing a s line or two in a pale grey on a new layer, and then gaussian blurring and roughly teasing with the liquify filter. Finally dropping opacity to taste.
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