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Old 07-03-2009, 04:03 PM
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Help with Smoke!

What would be the best way to extract the smoke and place it into a new image. I want to use it with another image i have of a girl smoking...

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Old 07-03-2009, 04:34 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

Paste the smoke image as a layer on top of the image ypou want to add it to. Then double click on the smoke layer and adjust the top Blend If slider. Remember to Alt+Click the triangle to create a smooth transition. Example shown attached.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:26 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

Sometimes you can get by just stacking the layer and choosing the right blending mode. Depends on the color/tone of the underlying layer.
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:27 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

change layer mode to screen should do the trick i believe. & duplicate the smoke (in screen mode) many time as u like 'til it form a nice smoke.

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Old 07-03-2009, 06:00 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

inverse the pic, remove white, inverse back
Here the outcome.
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:56 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

I looked at the luminosity values of the RGB channels, then selected the luminosity of the layer the smoke looked best in (control+click the channel), went back to image, copy, paste, done! To be fair, mistermonday's blend if technique is superior. Mines a little quicker and a little less control.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:42 PM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

If you were going to composite the smoke onto numerous images, you could create a mask of it. I converted the image to LAB mode, duplicated the L channel and applied that channel to itself in ADD mode to create a mask. I loaded the mask and copied and pasted the smoke onto an image. Also did a Blend If onto the same image. The two results are almost identical.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:43 PM
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Hah, nice job compositing the example into the image in a cool way. You made it look so realistic. When I see an image like that I can't help but wonder what's creating that smoke.

Just a moment ago, I had one of those moments when you discover an awesome new way to use Photoshop. Listen to this, it's very useful.

1. Go to Lab mode
2. Select lightness channel, use levels to enhance
3. Reselect the smoke layer (instead of lightness channel) and use the 'blend if' sliders to fade away the black in the image, don't forget to split the slider tab for a nice smooth transition.
- Now the background of the smoke layer is gone. The background should still be visible on the layer thumbnail.

Here's where I shat myself:
4. Run a new levels on the smoke layer. This is an amazing way to fine tune how much of the smoke is showing, because it's still fading away tones below a certain value. For example if you grabbed the middle slider and dragged it darker, then we would start blending the smoke into the background primarily in the midtones. The amount of fine tuning was incredible.

So unless this is already commonly known, I dub this technique the

"Blend-if blackout"
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:40 AM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

Why not to use Screen blending mode? Just corrected with curves and burning borders.
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...1&d=1246707529
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:59 AM
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Re: Help with Smoke!

u guys like to do it the hard way.
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