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How do I make a lit smoky background and these types of lines?


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Hi all,

I made an image in PSD a very, very long time ago so have lost the PSD file I used. I'd like to revisit it, but I'm having difficulty trying to determine how I can replicate the results. The image is below:

Specifically, how would I get the smokey lit background? Also, would anyone know where I could find those stringy line brushes drawn behind the symbol, (tried searching online but not exactly sure what to call them)?


Here's one of several ways to make the smoke background.

Smoke layer or "Render Clouds layer".
Screen Shot 2024-02-25 at 11.25.03 AM.png

Tinted solid color fill adjustment layer for the smoke. BO set to Multiply.
Screen Shot 2024-02-25 at 11.25.14 AM.png

Black solid color fill adjustment layer with soft brush used on layer mask.
Screen Shot 2024-02-25 at 11.25.32 AM.png
Screen Shot 2024-02-25 at 11.25.42 AM.png
Thanks for the input @IamSam !

Used your cloud technique and managed to find some streak brushes to get an updated PSD file:

Made selections of each colour (Select/Colour Range) and moved each to a seperate layer, added a solid colour BG and then added back lighting, etc as shown the
screen capture. Now each layer can be controlled separately. i.e. using a cloud and/or fog brush, again, on a seperate layer.