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I'd like to recreate the effect used in this picture. How can I do this in Photoshop?

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closed as off topic by ElendilTheTall, Itai, dpollitt, John Cavan, jrista Jan 6 '12 at 4:39

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This is more suited to the Graphic Design SE. We do handle Photoshop questions here, but only as it relates to photography. –  ElendilTheTall Jan 5 '12 at 21:00
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It would be completely expected to produce this using 3D rather than any photographic process. –  Itai Jan 5 '12 at 21:34
    
oh I overlooked that Exchange. I also posted the question there. Thank you. –  Hedge Jan 5 '12 at 21:38
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May I introduce you a humorous yet educational video from DigitalRev: How to do Smoke Photography youtube.com/watch?v=Ld_ervQfKyM –  rockacola Jan 5 '12 at 22:50
    
@Hedge: Did you actually create a new question at Graphic Design SE? If so, I'll simply close this one, rather than migrating it. –  jrista Jan 6 '12 at 0:20

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Photograph the smoke with a black backround. Light the smoke from the side to keep the background dark and boost the constrast of the smoke against that background.

In photoshop, invert the image so the background is now white.

Use a Hue/Saturation layer, check the Colorize box, and use the hue slider to pick the color you want for the smoke (the background will remain white).

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So the smoke-layer is supposed to be hue/saturation ? If I do this I can't see the smoke at all. –  Hedge Jan 5 '12 at 21:35
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I assumed you were starting with an image of some smoke against a dark background, either a stock image or one you've taken. The background layer is the smoke (after inversion it will be a white background with smoke some light shade of gray). Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and adjust color from there. If you want to create smoke artificially in photoshop, there may be a way, but that's best handled in the Graphic Design site. –  MikeW Jan 5 '12 at 22:38

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