Smoke Text Effect in Photoshop | Text Manipulation | Photoshop Tutorial

Updated: Dec 20, 2019

In this tutorial , you will learn how to create this Smoke text effect in Photoshop. So just follow the steps and learn this easy method to create it for yourself . So let's get started!


Smoke Text Effect in Photoshop




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Steps on how to create Smoke text effect in Photoshop :-


  • So the first step is to create a new document , so for that go to File and then select new over there


Click on File

Select new from Pop up
  • After that set the dimensions in the Pop up as follows :- Width : 1280px , Height , 720px , Resolution : 150px/inch , Background : Transparent and then click on Ok.


Setting Dimensions
  • Now set the foreground color as Black and then fill the document using that color using Paint bucket tool


Select foreground color as Black

Paint bucket tool icon

Fill the document by clicking on it

  • After that create a duplicate of the layer by pressing CTRL + J


Press CTRL + J to create duplicate
  • Now go to Filter and then Render and then select Clouds over there


Select Clouds
  • Then reduce the opacity of the layer to 10%


Reduce opacity of the layer to 10%

After reducing opacity
  • Now set the Foreground color as white


Set foreground color White
  • Select Horizontal type tool and then select any font of your choice and set its appropriate size


Horizontal type tool icon

Set any font of your choice and set it's appropriate size
  • After that click anywhere on the document and then start typing your text


Click anywhere on the document and type in your text
  • Now place the text properly using move tool


Move tool icon

Place text in the center using move tool
  • Now create a new layer by clicking on create new layer icon


Create new layer icon
  • Then drag the newly created layer below text layer


Placing newly created layer below text layer
  • Now select brush tool and then set the foreground color as white


Brush tool icon

Set the foreground color as white
  • After that click on Toggle brush panel icon


Toggle brush panel icon
  • Then select any smoke brush (After selecting a brush and clicking it in the document it will give the smoke effect of that shape) , so change it's size and even rotate it if necessary for best effect


Select any smoke brush

Icons to rotate brush and change it's size
  • After that click on the document using it which will give the smoke effect (Note : if the smoke effect is not proper then you can CTRL + Z which will revert the previous step and then you can place it again )


Click on the document using brush which will give smoke effect

Finally after placing it properly
  • Now after the smoke has been placed properly over the text then press CTRL and click on newly created layer icon


Press CTRL and click on the newly created layer
  • This will give you selection of this layer i.e Smoke


Selection of smoke
  • Then make the text layer active and then press ALT and click on add layer mask icon which will give text better effect


Click on Text layer to make it active

Press ALT and click on Add layer mask icon


After pressing ALT an clicking on Add layer mask icon
  • Now to make it look even better select brush tool and brush as Soft round


Brush tool icon

Select brush as Soft round
  • Now to remove the some parts of the text make the foreground color as black and then click and hover over the parts of the text using brush to remove it and if you want to bring back parts of the text then make the foreground color as white and then click and hover over the parts using brush to bring it back which will give you best smoke text effect


Set the foreground color as Black to remove parts of text

Click and hover over parts of text to remove it

Set the foreground color white to bring back some parts of the text

Click and hover over text to bring it back

  • Now click on Add layer style icon and then select Blending options over there


Click on Add layer style icon and select Blending options over there
  • Then in the pop up click on Drop shadow and set the following , Blend mode : Multiply , Opacity : 75% , Angle : 90deg , Distance : 5px , Spread : 0% , Size : 5px and then click on Outer glow and set the following , Blend mode : Screen , Opacity : 30% , Color : White , Spread : 0% , Size : 5px and then click on Ok


Click on Drop shadow and set the following

Click on Outer glow and set the following

So this will give you your Smoke text effect in Photoshop !


Smoke Text Effect

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