Even if you have learned to photograph smoke, often without additional processing, it does not look cool. The way you want to see the result will help you determine which specific editing skills come in handy. Below are the main, though certainly not the only, ways to process photographs of smoke.
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Before you begin, always duplicate the layer with your image. This will help you to return to the original in case of an error, or if you suddenly change your mind about changing something. Duplicate layer is done in one of the ways:
- Right-click on the editable layer and select Duplicate layer (Duplicate Layer);
- Or click on the menu bar Layers> Duplicate Layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer)
Note: Keep in mind that with many of the techniques below, you can also use the brighten and darken tools to highlight certain areas in your photo. Focus on your vision of what you are trying to achieve.
How to create a white background
Whether you prefer to edit on a white background or want to use white for a sharp contrast, in any case, this simple technique, performed with just a couple of clicks, is useful to you.
Open your image. Select on the menu bar Image> Correction> Inversion (Filter> Adjustments> Invert).
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Note: This combination will change the color of the entire image. The black background will turn white, and the white smoke will appear black, unless you have changed the color settings.
How to make smoke brighter
When working with the brightness of the smoke, it is important to keep an eye on the background. This will help prevent the appearance of white specks and protect black from fading, possibly due to excessive lightening.
- Open the histogram by clicking on the menu bar Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels)
- Using the histogram, move the white arrow to the left until you achieve the desired effect.
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How to make smoke color
There are two basic ways to work with color that may come in handy when processing smoke: use a certain color or use a gradient.
To add a color to your design, you must:
- In the menu bar, select Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation)
- Change color by moving the slider Color tone (Hue) left or right
- Slider Saturation (Saturation) will help increase or decrease the intensity of your color. Ordinarily, the higher the saturation level, the brighter the color.
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How to add a gradient to smoke
A pleasant aspect of working with a gradient is the ability to customize it to suit your desires. You can apply a gradient to a specific area of the smoke, or the entire image. As you wish.
- Select Layers> New Fill Layer> Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient) on the menu bar. In the dialog box that opens, you can adjust the gradient parameters: colors, angles, styles, and more.
- To apply a gradient to smoke, find the Blending Mode drop-down menu in the Layers panel. The default mode is usually selected. Normal (Normal). Scroll down and select a mode. Colour (Color) – it is located in the same section where Hue, Saturation and Brightness (Hue, Saturation, Luminosity).
- If for some reason you want to suddenly change any of the gradient parameters, double-click on the gradient fill layer in the Layers panel and make the necessary corrections.
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As always in the world of photos – it takes time to learn how to catch and create shots that will really appeal. However, knowing a few simple tricks, you can easily add brilliance to the image and create something truly spectacular. Most importantly, do not be afraid to experiment. Be creative! Do not stop there and do not be fooled by praise – work hard until you create something that you can truly be proud of. Regardless of what the ultimate goal is, the essence of the workflow is the same everywhere: the more you practice, the easier it will turn out.
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Have you ever processed smoke photos? Do not forget to share your favorite tricks and the best results in the comments.