There’s always something mysterious and dramatic about smoke that works great for design inspiration. In typography, smoke effects can help deliver the mood or message in a sophisticated manner.
No wonder many graphic artists want to learn this technique, so in case you are one of them, here are seven resources for how to easily re-create the smoke text effect. Take your pick below or, better yet, try all of them!
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Believe it or not, this supereasy tutorial can let you finish the entire design process in five to 10 minutes! Abduzeedo shows you how to create a smoke typography effect by just playing with some brushes and adjustment layers.
Small and simple, this tutorial on how to create text with the smoke effect deserves five stars for being absolutely user-friendly. It only consists of seven steps and makes use of a brush that is also available for download from the site.
You’ll be blown away by the final output of this tutorial, so don’t get discouraged with the hefty number of steps. Instead of using smoke font types, PSDFan made use of images that are actually available on the site for you to download. Don’t forget to check out the 85-plus comments from this tutorial’s fans to learn more tips and tricks.
4. Create Smoke Text by PSD Learning
The smoke texture is more fun when played around with, and in this tutorial, you’ll learn how messing with type and a smoke image can create a superawesome abstract wallpaper. This tutorial will also prompt you to think out of the design box!
Taking advantage of the font faces can help you to get better results with no extra effort – that is what you’ll learn from Picture to People’s tutorial. In fact, the site has already illustrated and compared several fonts for you to choose from.
By now, you must have realized the big part brushes play in creating a smoke effect. You’ve also seen one or two brushes from the earlier tutorials, but wait – you should check out Graham Jeffrey’s fantastic collection of brushes. They are totally free to download under a Creative Commons license.
This one is not a tutorial but a place for you to buy handmade smoke fonts. The site specializes in developing unique, untraditional fonts that take inspiration from everything that surrounds them.
Are there any other great smoke tutorial and tips that we have missed? Please share them in the comments!