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Smoke Pictures

posted by hcmlopes, Mar 15, 2007 3:26 AM — 4 comments

I came across some great pictures by Lucretious (SXC user) that used smoke to create a silky, smooth effect. I loved it so much I googled it and found some info in this site.


check it out, click the little " i " at the bottom right corner of the screen and try it for yourself.

If you know of or can write a detailed tutorial of this effect please do it. This is very cool. thanks

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1. posted by bosela, Mar 15, 2007 7:52 PM

Great site with excellent photography.

Graham Jeffery, who created the site talks a little about his technique on has "About" page:

Q. How do you create your smoke pictures?
A. Firstly I should point out that the smoke is everyday grey. I have found joss sticks to be the best source of smoke. The smoke is side or back lit and photographed against a black background.

If I want the final picture to have a white background then the whole image is inverted, black becomes white, white becomes black, and grey's stay much the same. The colouring is done in Photoshop by selecting parts of the image with a highly feathered selection and adjusting the colour with hue/saturation or one of the other colour adjustment tools.

This link will take you there:


2. posted by quirolant, Mar 18, 2007 8:05 AM

nice story

3. posted by VinnyPrime, Mar 23, 2008 6:41 AM

I'm working on an in-depth tutorial as we speak. I'll let you know when it's done. :o)

4. posted by Recliners, Jun 21, 2013 4:32 PM

Thank you for the tutorial. Its amazing!

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