How to create realistic smoke layers in Photoshop

March 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Add a new layer on top of the others and go to Window>Brushes. For the brush settings use the image below for reference. The most important part is the Texture where you will selec the clouds pattern. It's also important to notice that if you increase the size of your brush you will have to increase the scale of the brush texture. - See more at: http://abduzeedo.com/3d-type-repouss%C3%A9-photoshop-cs5-extended#sthash.qO6CkWKg.dpuf
Add a new layer on top of the others and go to Window>Brushes. For the brush settings use the image below for reference. The most important part is the Texture where you will selec the clouds pattern. It's also important to notice that if you increase the size of your brush you will have to increase the scale of the brush texture. - See more at: http://abduzeedo.com/3d-type-repouss%C3%A9-photoshop-cs5-extended#sthash.qO6CkWKg.dpuf
Add a new layer on top of the others and go to Window>Brushes. For the brush settings use the image below for reference. The most important part is the Texture where you will selec the clouds pattern. It's also important to notice that if you increase the size of your brush you will have to increase the scale of the brush texture. - See more at: http://abduzeedo.com/3d-type-repouss%C3%A9-photoshop-cs5-extended#sthash.qO6CkWKg.dpuf
Add a new layer on top of the others and go to Window>Brushes. For the brush settings use the image below for reference. The most important part is the Texture where you will selec the clouds pattern. It's also important to notice that if you increase the size of your brush you will have to increase the scale of the brush texture. - See more at: http://abduzeedo.com/3d-type-repouss%C3%A9-photoshop-cs5-extended#sthash.qO6CkWKg.dpuf

I was doing some testing on creating realistic smoke in Photoshop CC and came across some cool ways to do it. I thought that I would post one here.

1. Add a new layer on top or below of the others layers and go to Window and select 'Brushes'.

2. For the brush settings you will want to use the following:

  • Select Shape Dynamics - Roundness Jitter 90-100%
  • Select Texture - Scale 300%-600% (This is based on your taste).
  • NOTE: The biggest thing here is that you already have a cloud texture preset saved that you can use. If not open any clouds photo that you find interesting and load it on to a layer.
  • Select Edit | Define Pattern and give your new pattern a name. This will be used for your brush texture.
  • Select Transfer - Set your flow jitter to your desired percentage
  • Select Smoothing. This will smooth the edges for you.

From here all you need to do is create multiple layers on top and on the bottom of the layer that you would like to create your realistic smoke and you are off to the races!

If you are looking for a cool smoke brush you can download your free brush HERE

PHLEARN also has a great video on how to add atmosphere to your image.

Enjoy


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