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Now let's add some smoke coming out of the volcanoes. First make a new layer, make sure it's on top of the mountains layer and call this one volcano smoke. Open up the Brush window and chose the Cloud Dynamic brush. Select a dark intense red color for the smoke. Then starting small where the smoke comes out of the mountain, re-size the brush so that the smoke dissipates out into the atmosphere.
This Dynamic Cloud brush does most of the work for you because of all the variation on the brush. The volcano smoke is getting lost in the clouds. So choose the sky layer, select a big soft brush and glaze in some lighter red behind the smoke, so that it shows up. There should be some fiery material right where the smoke comes out of the mountain. So select that Cloud Dynamic brush again and select a bright yellow-orange color. Make sure you're on the volcano smoke layer and dab in some of that fiery tone right where it would be erupting from the volcano.
Select a bright red tone and use that to blend from the yellow to the darker smoke color. I'm switching back to that Round brush to smooth things out. The sky at the horizon behind the mountains looks too bright, and I'm going to return to the sky layer, and with a big soft brush, darken it. This area where the sun is breaking through the clouds could be more intense.
So, I'm going to select a bright yellow orange and change the transfer mode on the brush to overlay. Overlay increases contrast and saturation and it works here really nicely. That completes the background for the painting. Next up we're going to add some lights and a lava waterfall.
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