Photoshop Elements Effect Smoke Portrait Tutorial – Using both Gimp and Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements Effect Smoke Portrait Tutorial – Using both Gimp and Photoshop Elements


Hi I’m George Peirson and in this
Photoshop Elements video we’ll be doing
this Smoke Effect Portrait. We’ll be
starting this off over in the GIMP
program, doing the smoke over in the GIMP
program, and then bringing it over in
here to Photoshop Elements to finish all
of the compositing work. Now if you like
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Okay, let’s get to it.
here is the smoke photograph we’ll be using in this smoke
portrait and I currently have this open
up in the free GIMP program. If you don’t
have GIMP again it’s a free download and
it works well with Photoshop Elements.
Now it’s more difficult to use but it
has some features that really help us
out here, especially on this one
particular project and then we can take
a look at channels. So here’s the smoke
picture, the very top up here, right hand
side we have our panels. Above that
there’s this one here with kind of a
multicolored thing, red green and blue,
those are the channels and you see the
different channels here top one is red
middle one is green the bottom one is
blue. Click on the blue channel, it will
say blue right there. Right click on that.
We can then take that channel to a
selection. So there’s our selection, just
like that. Now this is a selection of
just what’s on the blue Channel and
that’s something which we can’t do over
in Elements so this is useful for that.
Okay, right next to this multicolored a
little thing here, these are the channels, we
have the layers right there. And we’re
now on layers, there’s that background
layer. Go up to edit and come down to
copy. There we go. Now go back up to edit
again and come down to paste. What that
does is it gives you this new floating
selection pasted layer we need to now
set this as an actual layer so right
click where it says floating selection
and choose to new layer and there it is
it’s now on a layer I can now hide the
background and there is just the blue
channel of that smoke that’s a bit more
difficult here obviously to do these
kinds of things here in GIMP but I’ll
put the instructions for this particular
project on my download page so you can
find these specific step by steps to
make this easy to do follow the steps
along 1 2 3 4 5 you’ll have no problem
getting it to this point let’s go ahead
and finish this one off file and save
it’s going to want to save it in the
GIMP format which is the xcf format I’ll
just choose save that’s fine there we go
and then with come down to export here’s
the export dialog we want to select the
file type it’s right down here
click on that plus sign and then we’ll
scroll down until we find the PNG file
format which is right there PNG image at
this point you can choose to find a
different location for this or create a
folder all saved in the same location
I’ll then open it up from that location
over in Photoshop Elements I’ll just put
in here – portrait on that and choose
export and the reason for that is so it
doesn’t save on top of the original file
I want to keep that one safe so export
all you have all of these things at
their defaults that’s just fine and then
click export again and once that’s done
there we go so now I have this saved as
a PNG file and it’s just the smoke with
transparency for everything else and
we’re all set to go we can now close
down the GIMP program and then open up
Photoshop Elements which I’ll do right
now there you go
listen to make a new file in here file
new blank file I’ll leave it at the
Photoshop default size here the MS
default size choose okay there it is all
stocked out right there and this
maximize that to the window there it is
we can now place in that smoke picture
now if you don’t want to get GIMP and
house with all that GIMP stuff
and I also have this smoke picture with
a transparent background downloadable
from my side you’ll find a link for that
in the description let’s go ahead and
grab that picture here place and there
it is right there there’s the smoke with
the background removed and choose place
I’ll now grab the corner here and let’s
maximize this as much as possible and
then click OK so there’s the basic smoke
in here now I want to have this vertical
instead of at an angle like that so
we’ll do the ctrl T keyboard shortcut
that brings back up those control
handles come outside over here look down
sides easy let’s just spin this until
it’s basically straight up and down
right there and pull it down a little
bit and that’s pretty good so there’s
the basic smoke now we need to convert
the colors in here or those Browns that
I like them as easy to deal where it’s
going to be inverting this but before I
do that take a look up here at the layer
so this little icon right down there
that means that this was brought in as a
smart layer I want to get rid of that so
right-click on the name and choose
simplify layer it’s now just a graphic
picture
let’s not clean up these edges right
here these straight edges and for that
we need a layer mask so click on the
layer mask button there it is now it’s
all white and white shows so we’re
seeing the whole thing if we take the
black paintbrush I have my set right now
200 pixels you can see there’s a size of
the paintbrush and if I paint black on
the layer mask just like this it’s going
to hide any place where I’m painting in
black and just come in here and clean
around so most hard edges so it’s either
a nice soft bit or just kind of fade
that out it’ll look a lot more realistic
without having those hard edges that’s
kind of give it away that it’s been
clipped out of something so we’ll just
fix the hard edges

kind of like that and a little bit over
here it looks like and it looks pretty
good
now click over on the layer side or
double click on the layer side and let’s
convert this over to those Browns now
it’s easy to do here I’m just going to
be inverting this image go to filter
come down to adjustments and invert and
there’s our Browns and our smokey effect
this demek a duplicate of this layer
just drag it up here to the new layer
button there is our duplicate now we can
bring in our portrait photograph back up
to file and place and there it is again
I had these all set for downloads just
look in the description for the link
he’ll place our portrait and that’s fine
it just comes in right at the right spot
that’s great just click on the green
checkmark there we go now we need to
remove her background out of here and
we’ll do that using refine edge with a
selection so I’ll start off with the
polygonal lasso tool and I make just a
little simple now so just in pretty
close to her hair but not touching
what’s real wispy you can kind of go
through it right there that’s fine and
this just come around and make a nice
little lasso in here when you’re using
this tool don’t go too quickly with it
or the selection will collapse on you
and you have to start over again
now come outside the picture on the
bottom stay outside down here and then
bring it back in again and continue
around the outside of our portrait it’s
up around this side up around the top up
here and getting it outside here and you
can go straight across the top and then
right back down to your beginning point
and there’s our selection make sure you
go clear or round right back to the
beginning on your selection you want to
have a closed selection here ok back up
to select come down to refine edge
here’s a refine edge tool see there’s
that refine edge brush I’m going to set
this for a larger size set this at 70
pixels that’s better and then I’ll set
smart radius and then just paint out
here keep that plus sign out in the red
side of her hairs
post in the image side of the hair and
is paint right along that edge and do
this in little strokes like that and
then Photoshop Elements goes in and re
figures that edge for you now give us a
real nice clean selection you can kind
of work in here if you have some open
areas like thats going towards just work
in on those and it’ll do a real nice job
on this there we go let’s get the top
and just recover on the top like that
that’s fine over this side is fine and
again just a little short steps in here
and let elements think between steps and
then we’ll finish off right down the
back there we go
all done okay now let’s save this out to
a new layer so it’s down here it says
output to choose new layer with layer
mask and okay here’s our new layer
there’s our layer mask now notice we’re
seeing some of that smoke hiding in
behind there that’s perfectly fine go
back to the standard move tool up here
and I’m going to be taking this layer
and drag it underneath the original
layer which is right there just drag it
down like that and then over here it
says wom of course that stands for
woman’s suit the whole thing says in
here there we go there’s the name of the
file right there right click and then
choose create clipping mask what that
does is it takes this picture and puts
it inside of the smoke right down here
so we now have a picture inside of the
smoke and then takes care of that smoky
part of her picture we now need to bring
her face back in again and we’ll do that
up here with this top layers click on
that the whole thing is showing so we
need to hide everything except just for
her face and a little bit back here
about the back side of her head so on
this layer click on the layer mask
button there it is now come down to the
layer underneath to that layer mask look
for that light blue outline hold the Alt
key down and then drag this up to the
other layer mask right there
then choose yes what that does is it
copies the mask up to here no but I
don’t see it
if you just show and hide that there it
is Simmons it’s not really obvious on
that so there’s our top layer mask now
on this one we can then paint on this
layer mask here in black black hides
white shows that’s reverse our colors I
have my paintbrush on here 200 pixels
and a soft edge brush and if I paint in
here I’m hiding what’s on that layer and
just going to show the layer underneath
I’m gonna leave this the smoky stuff
underneath here pretty much and that’s
pretty good over here now around in here
it’s kind of soft and fuzzy in there we
get some of those little stray hairs in
there I want to take those up I want to
be careful about that and I want clean
this part up here so let’s change our
brush let us scroll down and change this
down to a hard edge brush right here and
let’s bring our size up maybe to about a
hundred there it is I’m still on the
layer mask this way I can come back and
fix it later if I want to I’m just going
to clean up along this edge just a
little bit in here just like that that’s
gonna be a bit too hard but we’ll fix
that in just a second let me just clean
up around the top of there
that’s pretty good now go up to this
tool right here this is the blur tool
you see there it is and just paint right
along that edge and that will soften
that edge up now does help blend things
together okay there we go now come down
to the bottom layer down here back up
here to the move tool and just pull that
to the right that’s our bottom layer and
I’ll pull that out a little ways here
maybe down just a bit get a little
different positioning you here someplace
you can see there’s kind of that
the shapes right there I’ll put it right
about here that’s pretty good and that
gives us the additional smokiness over
here on the right hand side I have one
little problem here and that’s that line
right there we can fix that that’s on
the layer mask again so we have our
layer mask you want to hide that so we
have our black go to the paintbrush
change this to a soft brush I’ll to
scroll down and grab that 200 brush
right there and then right at the top
just on the layer mask paint black right
in there and it just hides that that
hard edge and I’ll just break up that
shape a little bit there we go
and that gives us that nice smokiness
over here on the right hand side so the
left hand side is good the right hand
side is pretty good I now want to do
just a little tweak on the values in
here on the right hand side and that’s
going to be the visible values that’s
this layer right here so let’s put an
adjustment layer right there on that
bottom smoke layer so let’s go up here
to a layer come down to adjustment layer
and hue/saturation where it says use
previous layer to create clipping mask
make sure that is checked and she’s okay
and here we can adjust the saturation
and the lightness what I want is less
saturation on that and that pulls color
out of out of you can see there’s a lot
more color there’s a lot less color so
I’ll set this in here to a negative 46
just pulling out some of the color
making it just more of a gray a little
bit of brown edge to it and it’s
lighting it up just a little bit see
there’s real light so you can use this
to help to blend that in I think just a
little bit lighter that +10 looks pretty
good just little tweaks and that helps
her neck so that we’re hit here to stand
out bitter from that smoke and then
close that down okay all we have left to
do now is to fix the position she’s a
bit too much over here on the right hand
side and too much space left hand side I
want just a little bit to the left
so for that click on the top layer hold
the shift key down click on the bottom
layer don’t click on the background but
everything else and then i’ll use the
left-arrow key I’m just going to tap her
over just a little bit until she’s a
little bit better placed in the page
right about here is pretty good so there
we go and there it is
that’s doing our smoke poor should here
inside of Photoshop Elements the only
tricky part about this whole thing
really is just giving that original
smoke picture and I showed you how to do
that in the free GIMP program you want
to get that program I’ll give you a link
in my download page we can download the
program it’s again free so it’s a nice
one to have with your Photoshop Elements
if you don’t want to go to the trouble I
also have this picture as a download
with the transparent background again on
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