Anyone knows how to achieve this in PSD?

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    Find a photo of some smoke, and colour it blue. – Billy Kerr Jul 22 '17 at 15:30
  • @BillyKerr it makes it look dirty, I found this brush effect which suits better. – Zanic L3 Jul 22 '17 at 15:43
  • So find some smoke that doesn't look dirty - there are literally tens of thousands of images of smoke/clouds on the internet and stock photography sites. Brushes are generally useless for this kind of thing, since the pattern just repeats over and over. – Billy Kerr Jul 22 '17 at 15:46

Actually "color the smoke" is a good advice. It needs a little tinkering to make it succesfully. Usually the smoke in images is white and has fully white (=overexposed) areas. An example:

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Succesful coloring needs it to be darker and not overexposed. Here it's adjusted with the curves tool and the missing detail in mid-right is copied from the other parts of the cloud.

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Probably you want two versions of the smoke: 1) a fully saturated and 2) a lighter, partially white version. Both of them can be produced by having 2 copies of the greyed smoke in different layers and applying Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation > Colorize with different parameter values:

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Now it needs a fine car and carefully drawn layer masks:

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On the top there is a couple of adjustment layers. One full area levels controlling layer for general brghtness and one masked layer to make darker the bottom part of the car.

Using layer masks is essential to be able to play with the adjustments. For example the size of the partially white smoke needed some tests before dreamy enough glow was found.

  • This is top work much thanks, any chance you can share the PSD file? – Zanic L3 Jul 24 '17 at 10:26
  • @Panic I can't distribute any reusable nor high resolution version of this because the images are copied – user287001 Jul 24 '17 at 10:39
  • Can you just give me the blue smoke then? Thanks anyways – Zanic L3 Jul 24 '17 at 14:38
  • @Panic do it yourself. I have already shown the adjustments. The smoke is not mine. The blueness do not change it so I do not distribute it in any usable form. – user287001 Jul 24 '17 at 16:00

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