Smoke Dispersion Effect in Photoshop | Photoshop Effect | Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial , you will learn how to create this awesome Smoke Dispersion Effect in Photoshop. Creating such effect might look a bit difficult but it is not so just follow the steps mentioned below and learn how to create it for yourself . So let's get started!





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Steps on how to create this awesome Smoke dispersion effect in Photoshop :-


  • So the first step is to create a duplicate of this Image so for that press CTRL + J


After pressing CTRL + J
  • Now make the original background layer active by clicking on it and then select Lasso tool


Make the original background layer active

Now select Lasso tool
  • Now using the tool make selection around the model as shown in the image and make sure that the selection covers the whole


Now make the selection around model using lasso tool
  • After the selection right click over there and then select Fill option in the pop up


Right click over there and then select Fill option
  • Then selection use as Content-aware in the pop up and then click on OK , so basically this will fill the area of the selection same as that of background


Set use as content-aware and then click on OK
  • Now to show you what we just did hiding this duplicate layer and then after that unhiding it


Hiding duplicate layer

Content aware filled the area of selection with same as that of background

Unhiding duplicate layer
  • Now make the duplicate background layer active by clicking on it and then press CTRL + D to deselect the selection and then select Quick selection tool


Make duplicate image layer active

After pressing CTRL + D

Select Quick selection tool
  • Now using quick selection tool select the model in the image (Note : 1. You can increase and decrease the size of the brush by suing [ , ] (Square brackets) . 2. Press ALT and click and then hover over area to deselect a selection )


Select model in the image using tool
  • Then click on Refine edge and then using the brush hover over hair and edges to get the smooth and perfect selection and then click on OK


Click on Refine edge

Using brush click and hover over hair and edges
  • After the selection , click on Add layer mask icon which will mask the image according to the selection


Click on Add layer mask icon

After clicking on Add layer mask icon
  • Now press CTRL + J to create a duplicate of this layer


After pressing CTRL + J
  • After that right click on the mask of the duplicate layer and then select Apply layer mask in the pop up


Right click on the mask of Duplicate layer

Select apply mask in the pop up
  • Now hide the layer below it by clicking on the eye icon and then make sure that the top layer is active and then press CTRL + J to create a duplicate of it


Hide the layer below it

After pressing CTRL + J
  • Now rename the top layer as Model and the layer below it as Dispersion


Rename the layers
  • Then make the dispersion layer active by clicking on it


Make the dispersion layer active
  • After that go to Filter and then select Liquify over there


Go to Filter and then select Liquify
  • Now using forward wrap tool drag the image in the direction where you want smoke effect so over here I want smoke in the left direction so I will be dragging it in left direction ( Note : Press CTRL + Z to go a step back) and then click on OK


After dragging the image
  • Now after that press ALT and click on Add layer mask icon which will add layer mask with black color in it


Press ALT and click on Add layer mask icon

Mask with black color
  • Now make the Model layer active and then click on Add layer mask icon which will add the Normal mask i.e with White


Make the model layer active

After clicking on Add layer mask icon
  • Now select brush tool and make the foreground color black


Select brush tool

Select foreground color as black
  • Now select Toggle brush panel icon and then select any Smoke brush from it


Click on Toggle brush panel icon

Select any Smoke brush
  • Then set any Angle and size for the brush for now


Icons to change size and angle of brush
  • Now using brush click on the left side edge of the model , so this will remove the part of the in the form of smoke brush so like this way remove the whole left edge side of the model using brush and keep changing brush and it's size also it's angle so it does not look even (Note : You can press CTRL + Z to go a step back )


After clicking on the edge using Brush

After removal of left edge using brush
  • Now make the mask of the Dispersion layer active by clicking on it and then change the foreground color to White


Make the mask of the Dispersion layer active

Change the foreground color to White
  • Now again select any smoke brush for now and set any size and angle for it and the using it click on the image , so as you can see it brings back the Liquify image in the form of Smoke


After clicking on image using Brush
  • So like this way fill the whole left side of the image by changing the brush , it's size and angle and try to create the best effect , this might take time as it is all about trial and error so do take your time for the best effect (Note : Press CTRL + Z to go a step back )


Finally after so many trail and error
  • So now make the top most layer active by clicking on it


Make the top most layer active
  • Then click on Create new fill or adjustment layer icon and select Gradient map over there and then in the pop up set the Gradient as Violet , Orange


Select Gradient map

Select Gradient as Violet , Orange
  • Now reduce the opacity of the layer to 10%


Reduce opacity

So this will give you your final Smoke Dispersion effect in Photoshop!


Final image

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