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Smoke Effect – Photoshop Tutorial

September 4, 2019

Before you start watching, notice that this tutorial was made using Windows OS, so for Mac users simply alter Ctrl with CMD, and Alt with the Opt key Hello everyone Today we’ll see how to create this Smoke Effect that you can see in here using Adobe Photoshop alright fantastic So Letsgettoit! Alright so open your Adobe Photoshop and we are going to create a new file so I’ll go to File>New and I’ll start with 3000px in the width and 2600px in the Height and in the resolution 72px and RGB in the color mode but if you want to print it of course you need to go with the CMYK and 300px in the resolution alright, I’ll press OK alright now the 1st thing that we are going to do is to open the picture that you want to use I’m going to use the same pictures I used Just open it like this and we need to cut it from it’s background so I’m going to use the quick selection tool to do this but 1st I’m going to make a new level in here and I’ll try darken it a little bit so I’ll put this handle into the right a little bit just like that and this one just to make it easier for the selection to detect alright now I’ll go to the Chanel but make sure the picture is selected and I’ll go to the channels I’m gonna choose this blue channel in here and now I’ll go to the quick selection tool and I’ll try to make a selection like this as you can see it getting easier to select this way alright now, I’ll go and select the RGB (channel) in here and I’ll delete this level adjustment alright now I’ll open the refine edge in here and I’ll check Smart Radius and I’ll try to improve the hair selection in here just like so alright this will do and I’ll Output it to the selection itself, and I’ll press OK now as you can see we have our selection now I’m gonna apply a layer mask to it just like that and we’ll have it cut it from its background alright now I will take it and put it in the new file that we created and I will right click and choose Convert to Smart Object alright now I will press CTRL+T and I will make a bit smaller by pressing SHIFT+ALT and I think around here alright alright and I will right click and choose Flip Horizontal and I will rotate a little bit just like that alright and I will press ENTER now I’m gonna change the background so I will go and choose Gradients in here and I will change the gradients to this Black to White in here and I will change the black to a 50% Gray just like that, when you see a 50% in here and I will press OK and OK and I’m gonna change the style to Radial and I will reverse it and I will make the scale around 180 and the Angle 45 and I will press OK alright, so I will just delete this one in here and I will go to the layer in here I’m going to make a copy of it so I’ll press CTRL+J I will call this Liquify because we are going to apply a Liquify filter to it later and I will just hide it for now and I will go back to this layer in here and I will apply a Black&White adjustment to it so I will go and choose Gradient Map and I will clip it to this layer, so I’m gonna press ALT and as you can see, when I pree ALT, this arrow will pop up just like that and I will just one click (in between the layers) and it will clipped to this layer now I’ll go back to adjustment again and I will choose Black&white this time and again I’ll clip it by pressing ALT and one click and I’ll change ths blending mode to Soft Light and I will make the opacity around 50% alright now I’ll go back to this layer in here and I”m going to apply a black layer mask to it so I will press ALT and one click to this layer mask icon it will make it black as you can see now I’ll go to brushes and I’ll choose a Smoke Brush in here You’ll find the smoke brushes that I’ll be using for this tutorial down in the link from the description bellow Alright so, the trick I like to use for this is I just double click to this layer mask and I will make the density of it around 70% this way I can see where I want to apply my brushes I also like to rotate the canvas by pressing the letter R and rotate it like this as you can see let’s make the 1st brush just right here just like this and I will rotate it again and I will rotate the canvas and I will make the density 100% to see what it would look like I think it looks good lets go back to brushes and I’m going to choose a regular brush this time and I will reveal this part of the face just like that alright I this it looks awesome lets make another brush right here right there let see Alright Ok, now I’ll go to this Liquify layer in here and I will make it visible and I’ll apply the same adjustments I did for the 1s layer in here so I will select them both and by pressing ALT I can make a copy of them and I’ll put them on the top and again I’ll clip them to this Liquify layer, just like that but for this one, I’ll apply another adjustment to it so I’ll go and choose Levels and I’ll clip it to this Liquify layer and I’m gonna make it a bit darker just like this alright now I will select the liquify layer in here and I will go to Filter and I’ll choose Liquify alright, now I’m gonna freeze this part in here so, I’ll go and choose the freeze mask tool in here and I’ll try to freeze this part like this alright and I’ll go and choose the Forward Warp Tool and I’m gonna transform the head a bit bigger alright and I’ll press OK alright now as you can see I’ll apply a black layer mask again so I’m gonna press ALT and one click to this layer mask (icon) and as you can see this will make the picture disappear and I’ll change the brush to let see I can’t remember exactly which brush I used for the 1st image it would be impossible to have the exact same result but I’m gonna try to mimic it alright lets choose this one in here I’m gonna rotate it again alright lets double click to this layer mask and see put down the density OK lets make it a bit bigger and just like that alright I will rotate it again and lets change the brush to this one right here lets rotate it a bit and lets make it like that alright lets see let’s make the layer mask (density) 100% again and see what it looks like I don’t like the last brush I’m gonna undo that and I’ll try to make it in a better position maybe around here make it smaller alright I think let’s make the density 100% again alright I think it looks a bit OK now now we’ll go back to this layer mask and I’m gonna choose a regular brush and I’ll try to delete a little of this from the face alright I think it looks good alright, now I’m gonna make a text so I”ll go and choose text and the font I’m using it called Myriad Pro So I’ll one click and type Smoke Effect So I want the text to look like it coming from the smokes So I’ll make a bit bigger like this and I wanted to be around here just like that so I’m going to apply a layer mask to this text and I will choose a brush a smoke brush let see lets go with this yeah, lets go with this one in here lets change the color of the text to this gray color alright lets go back to the brushes and this time I’m gonna make a new LAYER on top of this text in here and with the same color I’m gonna try to make the smoke coming from this text like this let me change the color to this one and I’ll try to make it likehat t alright and I would go back to this text I’m gonna choose a regular brush and I’ll delete a little bit from the text itself just to go with the smoke right here and I’ll make another smoke maybe this one coming from here I’ll make the opacity a bit down alright now the last we gonna do is to apply an Exposure adjustment to it so I will go and choose Exposure and I’m gonna adjust the Offset in here just a little bit and the Gamma Correction just like this alright and there you go Alright, so I hope that you liked and enjoyed this Tutorial and it was a little bit helpful for you Don’t Forget to SUBSCRIBE and COMMENT and wait for more tutorial to come and have a nice day THANK YOU FOR WATCHING


  • Reply Ibrahiama Diallo December 7, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Do you offer classes in person?

  • Reply Neer Neer December 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    you made it way to difficult to understand

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  • Reply peter parker December 20, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Wasss my name

  • Reply Ivailo Kirqkov December 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Insane bro ,thank you very much

  • Reply Black Rose Immortal December 27, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Man you should start rotating brushes instead of layers 😉

  • Reply aeman malique December 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    hye imma new to photoshop. how did u adjust size of ur brush using shortcut? thanks

  • Reply shaurya varshney December 30, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thnks so much…..Great tutorial please keep uploading… your work

  • Reply Elena Hernandez January 3, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial. My only complaint is the music. I wish i did not hear it. it made it hard to listen to you.

  • Reply Ghazal Yazji January 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    can some one help after i rasterize to open liquefy and im done with liquify i press ok and make mask but then i cant paint with the brush too PLSSSS HELP

  • Reply sugaslim201 January 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    can I get a text file of this tutorial?

  • Reply Nathan Joyner January 9, 2018 at 5:37 am

    My brushes edges arent sharp and it takes multiple clicks to full fill in. Any answers?

  • Reply Captain Levi January 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Great Vid. Thank you sir.

  • Reply Dwayne Loller January 11, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I've used this tutorial with a couple of my own pics now and the results are great. Love this tutorial, great work.

  • Reply Brian Ulloa January 13, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    i cant rotate my image like you can it says it only works with openGL enabled Doc Windows. What do I do ?

  • Reply Kainat Qurashi January 16, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Sooo cool! Thank you so much. I made one of my own, and am printing it out as a large poster to put in my room! This was a quick tutorial, straight to the point and with enough information.

  • Reply Clavers Odhiambo January 18, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Anyone know how you can get back the original skin color after you're done with the grayscale editing?

  • Reply My Own January 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    it so great,,.. keep it
    like the tutorials..

  • Reply MM Shampoo January 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    What version do you use?? Thank you.

  • Reply steven January 22, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    For those of you who can't liquify the layer, make sure to have the "liquify" layer visible, select the layer and then go to the "filter" tab.

  • Reply astray one January 23, 2018 at 12:37 am

    all that info and you never thought of telling people what version photoshop you are using?

  • Reply Adrían R January 28, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Thank so much for the time to made this tutorial!!!!

  • Reply Lukas Spendrup February 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    holy shut this is advanced

  • Reply Raniera Horo February 2, 2018 at 11:48 am

    still cant paint with the smoko brush no matter what i do !!!! HELP !!!, i have change the foreground to white but still doesnt work

  • Reply Mihal February 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    why i cant download these bushes ? Please help me

  • Reply Mihal February 11, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Why i cant open the liquify ?????????

  • Reply Jahnava Chan-Edwards February 15, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Super cool! Thanks for this awesome step by step explanation

  • Reply Geoffrey Van Hulle February 16, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    thank you for this interesting video

  • Reply Ezra H. Halevi February 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Amazing video! Thank you!

  • Reply Artillery Voodoo February 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Can you do one in english

  • Reply Ciar Ellefsen February 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Best tutorial EVER! All the others are far too difficult. After watching this, I'm eager to try! Thank you!!

  • Reply norman cyrile February 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    ive follow all the steps, but cant put the smoke brush to use.. or any other brushes.. pls help..

  • Reply Daryoes Ambo March 1, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Which brush number do you use? Thanks.

  • Reply Striedi Bros March 5, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Great Video 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Reply ReckonTech March 10, 2018 at 8:57 am

    how to import the brushes ?

  • Reply Doepe Loepe March 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    thanks learned a lot from this.

  • Reply Wizard windy March 14, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Tutorial was Ok but you should work over your speaking skills and explanation was kinda you was not sure what gonna happen sorry bro but that was irritating me throughout video.

  • Reply any lee March 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

    i cant find the smoke brush pls help

  • Reply The Architectural Gamer April 23, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Great Tutorial, gave me the bases to experiment with this technique and I love it! ^^

  • Reply Talent Sculptors April 24, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks brother!

  • Reply Katja Sivertsen May 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    thank you so much! that's so awesome! please don't stop making videos!

  • Reply Leesa Smith May 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    How can I download photoshop

  • Reply Markus Kink May 16, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, man. Great stuff!

  • Reply Craig Travis May 24, 2018 at 2:37 am

    A most outstanding video sir!! I love it.

  • Reply Soufiane Bourezgui May 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    The brushes in the description aren't the same you use in the tutorial

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  • Reply beki villa July 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Excelente!!! te lo agradeceria que lo hicieras en español!!!! Saludos desde Ecuador!!

  • Reply Anne K. July 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    this tutorial is AMAZING! a BIG thank you

  • Reply Sneha Gupta July 31, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Nice tutorial…. btw you didn't mention about the brushes and your English is good, but the way you speak is totally annoying…. don't use his type of background music..

  • Reply Kenneth Ashton August 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm


  • Reply black beauty August 7, 2018 at 12:22 am

    That was beautiful! Omg I love it

  • Reply Hastre September 4, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Adoboshop? 🙂

  • Reply Caioka Art September 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    PLEASE, stop to change you voice tone when you say "I'm Gonnna…" HAHAHAHAHA!!! Awesome effect! Tks dude, it helps a lot!

  • Reply FUNNY HOUR September 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm


  • Reply Boss Entertainment September 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    this intro of yours you created it with adobe after effect ?

  • Reply Robin Bruce September 17, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love you

  • Reply Nawaz Khan September 21, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    simply awesome

  • Reply Brandon Chen September 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    why the brushes u have are different from mine? mine looks so stupid and not like smoke at all

  • Reply RAVIER September 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply tim visterin October 10, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Very Cool!

  • Reply Jaden Giles-McMillan October 11, 2018 at 4:04 am

    brushes are a scam

  • Reply Creative Blog October 11, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Can't command Rotating while using smoke effect in Adobe Photoshop CS3.?

  • Reply Jon November 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I can't get the right brushes

  • Reply Vy Nguyễn November 4, 2018 at 11:02 am

    2:50 How can I move the selected part to anonther window?

  • Reply lauritus17 November 10, 2018 at 2:59 am

    PLEEEEASE tell me where are you from? i love your voiceeee please please tell me

  • Reply Letsgettoit November 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm


  • Reply Nicolle Bautista Toribio November 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    nothing happens when i click when im using the brush tool!!??

  • Reply Skip O'Donnell December 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Awesome! Sweet tutorial explanation and effect!

  • Reply JF Anime January 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

    i meet a openql question , how did i fix it

  • Reply yıldırım kırtasiye January 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    0:00 13:00


    ⇄ ᐊ ❚❚ ᐅ ↻

  • Reply Turbo January 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    at 8:09 i cant go onto liquify with my selected layer help me please

  • Reply AyrtonDamiën January 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm


  • Reply Kevin Vuong January 26, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    After clipping the Gradient Map to my layer, i tried to create the Black/White layer but it doesn't let me click on it. Anyone know why & what to do from there ?

  • Reply Kevin Brendel January 28, 2019 at 2:49 am

    What a great Tutorial! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Alpesh Satpute February 12, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Nice teacher Letsgettoit ❤️❤️

  • Reply Suliman Algabarty February 25, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Thank you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!! Very appreciated..

  • Reply Haseeb Rahman March 4, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    amazing, but 8:55 made me laugh so much

  • Reply JayLinkinGrylls March 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Really good!

  • Reply Kyle Nguyen March 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Nine tutorial! But when I get to the liquify part, the button is grey and i cant use it. How can I fix this.

  • Reply Ziko Isaac March 12, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    thnx for the brushes man. great tutorial

  • Reply Ahmed Ihcen Gasmi March 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    hello there, i'm a newbie, and i was following the steps (enjoying the tutorial of course) but i couldn't proceed when you reached the filter to apply the liquify, it was not activated, is there something i'm missing or is it just my adobe edition? (it is CS6)

  • Reply Vusale Abdullayeva March 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    i love your lessons <3

  • Reply ItachiShakur_ April 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    how can I do it but with color???

  • Reply Nguyễn Bá Thống Hà April 28, 2019 at 5:40 pm


  • Reply SASWATA GHOSH May 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    hey i cant use second time gradient map in ps2019

  • Reply kajal soun May 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    hello sir it's my request can you make some video for adobe premier cc

  • Reply Jarne Figys May 26, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Speak louther, use more zoom

  • Reply Mōħāmeɖ abd el motelb May 28, 2019 at 12:50 am

    smoke Brushes download to ps cc2015

  • Reply Happyfeet May 31, 2019 at 7:17 am

    5 minutes wasted just to find out you're using premade brush styles any moron can download and use for the smoke. Scum.

  • Reply Disha Sippy June 8, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Wow… your videos make it so easy… I followed your instructions and could easily make that effect… you are a pro keep it up…

  • Reply Phon Official June 20, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Can u drop Link Smoke File Png for me

  • Reply Tony Barzuna June 28, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Thank you bro! Fire tutorial!

  • Reply Tori Elizabeth July 17, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Loving your videos. Definitely subscribing

  • Reply BURHAN GÜLMEZ July 23, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    perfect my friend.

  • Reply JaXa GAME August 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I love how it's very photo specific and if you dont use exactly what he uses it doesn't work

  • Reply Mustafa Çeliktaş August 8, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    8:06 Liquify is unable. It is not selectable. What should I do?

  • Reply fais fadilah August 11, 2019 at 5:12 am

    8:42 thats alien from area 51

  • Reply Saida Zoubir August 15, 2019 at 9:27 am

    thank you very much you're helping me

  • Reply Design by Gabor August 24, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    This is super cool

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