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Richard Marcellus
Posted on Sun Nov 23, 2003 10:27 AM

I have been experimenting with creating smoke effects using the method that John Paul describes in Adobe Photoshop CS Tips and Tricks (a .pdf file included with PSCS).

The step with which I am having trouble is in overlaying the smoke effect on an exisiting background scene. I don't understand how to make the black background turn transparent, and have increasing opacity from dark grey (almost transparent) to white (fully opaque). Would John Paul (or anyone else familiar with this method) please explain the blending modes that can be used for this and if there are additional blending settings (ie blend if...) that help sit the smoke into the scene.

On a related note, the blending modes with Photoshop is one area that I would really appreciate a tutorial with plenty of examples (or a recommendation for a book that covers this in depth). Aside from the Normal mode, and a few canned techniques, I often don't understand when I should use one blending mode over another.

If I am allowed one more request 8-), I would enjoy some tutorials on creating composite montages. Things like John Paul's work, and more whimsical creations like the montages that were used as the cover art for Photoshop (such as the one Jeff Schewe has on his web site). Including all of the individual images and masks (at screen resolution) would for me make this sort of thing more instructive so I could duplicate the construction myself rather than just read about it.


Thanks for any help with this,

Richard


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