How to Make Smoke in Photoshop? Simplest Tutorial

Though it is very common thing to make in Photoshop, but very short technique to make Smoke in Photoshop. Here we are going to start.

1. Take a new file of any size, I’m taking 560×600 px size with 72 resolution and RGB color mode. Try this effect on Black background, it will give better look.

2. Create New Layer and while using Polygonal Lasso  tool draw an abstract path like shown below, (don’t worry about color, you may use any color).

3. Now pick Dodge tool  and select the brush size around 50px and Range to highlights, and use this brush on the edges of your shape like this:

4. Now select the Burn tool  and use it in the middle part of this shape, something like this:

5. Now run the command Filter >> Distort >> Wave and give the following settings:

Here is the result:

6. Now run the command, Edit >> Fade-Wave and give the following setting:

This will come:

7. Now repeat this distort and fade method maximum 10  times, or untill you think it looks best.

8. Now press Ctrl+U (or you can run the command Image >> Adjustment >> Hue/Saturation), switch on Colorise option and hit ok.

9. Now goto Layer panel and Lock the layer transparent pixels:

10. Bring this color #d1d1d1 in Foreground color palette and fill the layer, Finally you will get this Smoke in Photoshop:

Alfred Cuthbert

A professional Web/Graphic Designer, working as Freelancer since 2000. Designing is my passion, blogging is my hobby.

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