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Smoke

Deanr201 Photo Editing Feb 14, 2005

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create some smoke and apply it to an image, I'm this tutorial we shall be applying the smoke effect to some cars to give the effect of a race.
For the cars i shall be using the following to screen shots i took from the game juiced. Click here to download the PSD (520Kb)

For the rest of the tutorial i will be referring to the document as though I'm just doing the smoke for the drag race effect and wail often refer to the cars but just take this as your own image. You will be able to use the effect other images.

Open a a new document large enough for you image(s) make it slightly bigger than required. for this example we shall be using a 600x500 (if you go the psd you will already have it the right size)

Next we must put on the images we wish to add the effect to. So we just put both cars on the canvas and off set them so that it gives the racing effect.

Next we create a new layer(press D to reset you colour's) and go to filter>render>clouds


Adjust the opacity setting so that you can see the clouds and the cars behind.( i used 85%)

Now we don't want smoke all over the image so we shift the image into position. for this images we want a nice smoke coming from the tyer's so we just shift the clouds so we have nice white patch at the tires.

Set the opacity for the layer back to 100%. Now comes the hard bit, take the erase tool and set it to 35% for both flow and opacity and now we must rub away the excess to form our smoke. depending on you image you shape will differ from the one in this effect. use the image below as guide it will take practice.

We also need some smoke coming from the other car so duplicate the smoke layer and place it behind the 2nd car

Using this technique you can add more smoke or less smoke by adding more smoke layers, and adjusting the opactiy settings.

To finish the our drag race we need to give an effect of speed. select the single column marquee tool and create selection down the car in the background (make sure you have this cars layer selected, also make the selection have part of the roof in)

Press ctrl to duplicate your selection onto a new layer, select the move tool and stretch the strip to cover from one side of you image to the other.

Now put this layer behind your car and repeat for the other car.

Now we must select our background cars stretched pixels and put a layer mask on it the 2nd icon on our layers pallet image 1

Now get the gradient tool and draw a gradient horizontal off the front of the car so that the lines fade out to wards the edge.

Repeat for the first cars stretched pixels, adjust the opacity of the layers and you should have something like this.

Smoke

And that is the effect fished.
Aheck out the wallpaper section and have look at the cars wallpaper where i used the above effect to as the center piece of my image.

   
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