04 August 2010
Learn to apply the Warp Tool effectively and a few other tricks to make smoke look like a skull. This technique has a variety of outcomes and works well with water, clouds and a whole bunch of other stuff. This is probably more for intermediate users, as I guide you through the process well, but not every Warp Grid point handle move. Before we go on you might have below image ready.
3- Smoke A
4- Smoke B
Let’s get started!
Open up Smoker image. It should look like this.
Just create new document with size 544 px (W) x 600 px (H) resolution 300 px background in black. Cut the top smoke and keep it on side.
Open the Skull image and draw a path around it using the Pen Tool (set to Paths not Shape Layers). Roughly clone out unwanted elements such as the nuts and bolts using the Clone Stamp Tool (with a soft edged brush).
Next we’re going to treat the skull. Adjust the Levels (Image > Adjustments > Levels) as shown. Then select the Clone Stamp Tool (with a soft edged brush) and clone out the area of shadow in the eye-socket to the right-hand side.
Don’t worry about being too accurate, it should take you a minute. Then desaturate the Skull (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and apply a Glowing Edges filter (Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges) as shown.
Open the Smoke A image, Invert the image (Image > Adjustments > Invert) so the smoke is white and the background is black. Then copy and paste it into the working document, and name the layer “SMOKE.”
Change the layer blending mode to Screen. Finally copy the Layer (Layer > Duplicate layer).
Smoke B image and open it up. Change the layer blending mode to Screen.
Step by step as below:
Once you have done it here is your result.