How to create realistic smoke in photoshop

This is a very quick and simple tutorial how to create a realistic smoke using photoshop

It’s not hard just take your time and enjoy this neat tutorial

1 – Create some Shapes: I created some random shapes.

Create some random shapes

2 – Apply a Gaussian blur on each shape

Create some random shapes

3 – Using the liquify filter

Create some random shapes

4 – Positioning the shapes

Create some random shapes

5 – Adding some colors

Use the Hue/Saturation with the colorize selected to add some colors
Add a background color on the layer of the shape, otherwise the Hue/Saturation won’t work

6 – Creating a cloud behind the smoke

Creating the cloud
Set a feather with a high value, like 40 to 80, and after that apply the hue/saturation on the cloud too

7 – Adding a gradient to create an atmosphere

Create some random shapes
The gradient will give a atmosphere and more depth to the image

Final Result

Create some random shapes

The whole process takes around 30 to 40 minutes tops, itโ€™s pretty simple,

Although it can be quite hard to create a natural smoke with the liquify filter,

The best thing to do is to play with the brushes and with some tools to get the effect you want.

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28 Responses to “How to create realistic smoke in photoshop”

  1. Josh Says:

    Thats a neat trick!

  2. Floreum Says:

    Not really that well descriptive to a noob of photoshop.

  3. Fabio Sasso Says:

    Hey, I wrote this tutorial and I would like you to add a link to the original post

    Thank you.

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  5. English Dutch Translation Says:

    I’m new to Photoshop. I didn’t even know that was possible! Really cool, thank you!

  6. Justin Says:

    nice dude, that final picture looks bad ass. My down fall is always my graphic design skills =/

  7. Koral Says:

    very nice, im not a total noob in photoshop but this guide looks useful and something i could use, thank you!

  8. Jacky @ Promotional Items Says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial. We all here at the graphic designer room of Action Printing, Inc. enjoyed this very much.

  9. Ikki Says:

    Nice tutorial mate! I’ve bookmarked it for future references! You really made it look easy ๐Ÿ˜›


  10. A graphic designer Says:

    You certainly know your way around Photoshop! Nicely done.

  11. Web Design Says:

    I am always in awe of people like you that give so much back to the community for free. Thanks for the article.

  12. Dietas dos Pontos Says:

    Wow that looks great! I’m not that good with photoshop but i’m going to try it out! Thanks

  13. Property For Sale Portugal Says:

    Hey man! The smoke effect looks great! Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. Voos Baratos Says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial! The smoke looks super cool!

  15. German properties for sale Says:

    Wow, this is a cool tutorial. I’m going to try this in my Macromedia Fireworks as I don’t have photoshop. That will look awesome on a website banner I think.

  16. Hawaii Car Hire Says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial! I’m just beginning to use Photoshop and I am learning quite a lot with these tutorials. I will try the small tutorial and report back with results!

    That looks really really good!

  17. Promotional Items Corporate Gifts Srednarb Says:

    Maybe the title should be how to make realistic cigarette smoke in a night lit bar smoke.

    Just my opinion.

    Because I was searching online on how to make thich, car explosion type of smoke in Photoshop.

  18. Discount Hunting Gear Says:

    Great tutorial thnx! Which version of Photoshop do you use?

  19. Virginia Real Says:

    This is a great tutorial, I rarely get to use smoke or something creative for my real estate site but I think this could work.

  20. Nick Van hire Says:

    How do you make it look that easy? I have played with this effect for days and still not quite the effect i wanted. Thanks for this help. much appreciated

  21. real estate italy Says:

    That’s one heck of a tutorial, I always see these type of designs and think that I’m never gonna be able to produce something like that. Very cool! Now I think I’m gonna produce a new logo.

  22. قصص جنس Says:

    sry i just know how to write my name in arabic :)) anyway however in arabic when i read some thing like that i just say “raee” i donot know how to say it in english . thanks

  23. Real Estate Italy Says:

    Neat and marvelous presentation! I was just wondering if you used a separate collection of brushes for these. If so, where can I download them?

  24. Lazy joe Says:

    Really cool blog. I found it on yahoo. I am looking forward to read more posts.

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  26. Steve Says:

    Hej, cheers for this fantastic tutorial. It helped me improving my skills one more step. It’s at all times awesome to get some impressive inspiration and I hope to read more of such posts here sometimes because no one will ever stop learning new things. Have a nice day

  27. faxless payday advance Says:

    I think photoshop is the best thing ever. I love that there are so many things you can do with it to any picture you take.

  28. shawn Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial but i am stuck at licquify filter. Actually i am using CS2 can that work?

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