Shape swirling smoke

Craft in­tri­cate shapes of danc­ing fig­ures out of in­cense smoke trails

NPhoto - - Contents - James Pater­son

Smoke trails cre­ate beau­ti­ful or­ganic shapes that are per­fect for a Pho­to­shop pro­ject. We’ve sup­plied a few smoke images, but you might want to make your own. It looks best when shot in front of a dark back­drop and lit from be­hind. The con­trast with the back­ground makes the smoke stand out, and the back­light­ing gives it a beau­ti­ful glow. The eas­i­est way to achieve this is to light an in­cense stick from be­hind. Once done, you can turn the flow­ing smoke into any form you like – such as our dancer – us­ing sim­ple blend­ing mode and trans­form con­trols. This is eas­ier than it looks, and the re­sults can be stun­ning.

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