How to Create Smoke with an Image Inside it using Photoshop CC
Hi there. This video is going to take brushes just that little bit further along and we're going to use brushes as an actual mask. Okay to mask through this Galaxy, we have a little bit of realism with some black smoke. Okay we're going to use cool smoke brushes like that. Let's learn how to install them and use them as a mask in Photoshop. Let's open up our files. Let's go to file and open and let's go to our exercise files in brushes and there's gonna be two. It's going to be brushing oh four and 05. So open up both of those for me. We've got our Galaxy and we've got our man sitting on the bench. So the difference between this one in the last one is we're gonna be using masks as well as the brushes. So first up we need to install our brushes. So with Photoshop open, go to your exercise files. And in here there's one called smoke brush. You can see it's a lot bigger in terms of file size and double click it and hopefully now in your window underbrush is alright your brushes you've got...
I'm gonna scroll up twirl up drips, there's smoke brush twirling down. So those are ones that are going to be using. So the way this works is we're gonna grab all of this. So brush oh five, grab our move tool, click hold, drag, drag, drag holding down, holding down let go and I'm just gonna it's roughly the right size already so I don't need to transform it that's gonna work for me and what we want to do is we're going to add a layer mask, we did this earlier on in the course. I'll show you kind of the basics first before we do the smoke. So I'm gonna add a layer mask to it and nothing happens. Okay, white shows everything through. So if I grab my brush tool and I pick not the drippy brush, just the regular general brushes, I'll use this first one here. Remember we did the before and after. So black is my foreground color and we kind of did that, we painted half of it in and half of it out. So remember black when I'm painting on the mask hides things and I'm gonna keep going until I've covered the whole thing to bring it back. I use the white brush so I can toggle these and instead of using this big ugly brush, Okay, I'm gonna use the smoke brush to bring it back and that's the trick. So we're using the brush to paint on the mask to show the galaxy through. So I'm gonna go to my brushes panel and I'm going to find my smoke brushes and pick a starting one. This one here is probably the best one to get started with seven. Okay, the brushes will probably way too big click click. Yeah, it's way too big for what I want. So I'm going to lower the size using white. I'm making sure I'm working on my mask, not the image working on this mask. And I was going to have a click once. It's not a very sophisticated tool. So if you do it twice they're going to start looking like they repeat. Okay so what I like to do is under brushes, there's brush settings, it's just the icon above it and you can start messing around with the rotation. So it just means when you do it again it looks a little bit more random. If you've bought a brush or found a little bit more sophisticated one, you might find something a little bit better than the one that I found for free and go back to brushes. I'm going to find something else. I'll try this one here, it's going the wrong way. So in brush settings again you can go through and say flip X or Y. So it's coming out the other way. Now if it's got the target as well it means that the brush is way too big and you can't see it. So I'm gonna use my square brackets to make it smaller and there we go. I wanted to kind of look like it's coming out of his head. That's kind of cool my brushes that one as well. It's too big. Here's my square brackets next to my peaky. Yeah and I want a bit more of a filler in the middle here. So what I might do is actually just go back to a regular brush. So general soft round and I'm still using white but I'm just gonna fill in some of this kind of middle part just to give it a bit of guts now it looks okay. What I want to do though is get a bit of an effect so it looks like his, you know that interaction here through his head's not great just appears. So what I'm going to do is create a new layer and just use a straight out black brush because it's a silhouette, it's gonna work. So brush tool, I'm going to go to my brushes, not these general ones, my smoke brush and just like before I'm gonna find one that I like something a little bit different that I haven't used yet. I used that one and I'm not working on a mask this time I'm actually just going to use a straight out black. Okay, so pick black for your foreground color, pick an appropriate brush size, you'll see what I mean A minute I'm gonna click on his head. I might turn down the opacity a little bit as well. Maybe coming out through a little strong the brush there. I'm going to use a different one. Maybe this one looks cool. Our settings play with the rotation now I'm just messing about because that's the that's the thing I wanted to do, right? I'm just now going to go through and see if I can make it look a little realistic is the galaxy coming out of somebody's head would be cool getting there. That's kind of what I was looking for kind of Alright, so we use the brush as a mask. We also used it just as a straight out brush and because they're on their own lands, we can go through and kind of either delete the mask and start again or build it up or lower the opacity. And that is how to do the kind of smoke galaxy coming out of my brain effect in adobe Photoshop. Alright, let's get into the next video.