Knocking out the excess smoke


show more Knocking out the excess smoke provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects show less
please wait ...

Knocking out the excess smoke

All right, so here I am reviewing the composition. Love the smoke, but it's possible we have a little bit too much of a good thing going on. After all, the smoke is doing a pretty good job of obscuring every bit of those cable-like I-beam extrusions. So in this final exercise, we're going to back off the effect using a knockout layer, and then we'll also add an adjustment layer to enhance the contrast. I've saved my changes as Painted in smoke .psd, found inside the 03_cables folder. I'm going to scroll up to the top of the Layers panel and turn that letters layer back on, just so that we have a sense of the overall composition.

Make sure that the smoke layer is selected. Now, normally I'd go ahead and create a gradient inside of the layer mask, but we spent so much time getting that layer mask exactly right that I don't want to take a chance of hurting it. So we're going to add a knockout layer instead. And as you may recall, knockout layers require a fair ...

Knocking out the excess smoke
Video duration: 4m 40s 5h 51m Intermediate

Viewers:

Knocking out the excess smoke provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One: 3D Type Effects

Subjects:
3D + Animation Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
please wait ...