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    So I've been looking for a tutorial on how to achieve the fog/smoke effect in the background/foreground in some of my pictures... Have tried using a bunch of different brushes, tutorials and "Render->clouds", but the result have never ended up as I wanted. Mostly the smoke is to visible, or if i turn the opacity down, it becomes strange and weird.

    The achieve I'm after is this
    http://motivelife.com/topics/knowled...hini-aventador

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8172/7...d8c9978f_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8289/7...5a8b89ab_b.jpg

    And here is a youtube video of the photographer from the last to pictures, showing the post processing, sped up... But my brushes don't behave like his brushes do.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwlfBx3e4ug



    Any ideas on how to create that fog/smoke effect you see in the pictures here?
    Would be greatly appreciated

  • #2
    Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

    Find a suitable picture of the clods and or fog.

    Desaturate.

    Blend at screen blending mode, mask and position accordingly.

    Screen ignores the blacks, and keeps the whites, so the greater the contrast in the fog image, the more defined your smoke will be.

    Trickiest bit is to get the right fog image.

    And your brushes don't behave like his, because he's either using a brush made from an image of fog that he likes, or adding texture form a fog image to the brush itself.

    Cheers.

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    • #3
      Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

      Or had a hide-all mask and was just revealing the fog with white brush on the mask to reveal the fog. which is most likely the case.

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      • #4
        Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

        You mention your brushes don't behave the same way, yet he mentions having used a number of masks. He also mentions that the image was a comp of roughly 12 different images.

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        • #5
          Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

          Fair enought he image is a comp of 12 different images, but mostly are flash exposures. The fog/haze/smoke is added in after..

          If i make an brush of an image of fog, it does not get the same smoothness as his brushes..

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          • #6
            Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

            Originally posted by trolloter View Post
            Fair enought he image is a comp of 12 different images, but mostly are flash exposures. The fog/haze/smoke is added in after..

            If i make an brush of an image of fog, it does not get the same smoothness as his brushes..
            You don't! you place the image of fog on the top (or you may create fog) then add "hide all" mask (black), paint with white soft brush on the mask to reveal the fog where you want it.

            You need to read on masks. You can't do this type of work without masks. Or any work for this matter.

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            • #7
              Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

              If you create a seperate layer for fog and paint your effect then as well as reducing the opacity and masking to limit the fog area, have you played with blurring of the fogged layer to soften the transistions?

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              • #8
                Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

                I am well aware of masks in photoshop, use it on everything. The problem is, getting the fog to be "realistic" and not some cheezy effect.

                I've tried to make a new layer with "Render->clouds" with a "Render->clouds" mask as well. Even tried using some "fog" brushes to further improve the mask, but the effect doesn't seem right.

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                • #9
                  Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

                  Just get good pictures of smoke on a black background. Then you can always just overlay/screen them in.

                  Made up smoke 99% of the time looks fake.

                  I have a library of the stuff that I got from a great photographer. Just see if you can shoot it, you only need to do it once and then you can use it over and over again.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Achieving this look, mostly automotive photogr

                    ...sorry, wrong post...
                    Last edited by Aladdin; 01-24-2014, 03:11 PM.

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