How to Create a Dust and Smoke Effect Brush in Photoshop

On this video photographer Glyn Dewis shows how to make a cool dust brush as part as a composition in Photoshop.

Dewis explains a bit of background on combining an object with the background (the feet of the raino with the ground in this case) but the main part of the tutorial is devoted to working with a brush (Dewis start with brush no. 45 in Photoshop as the basis for the dust). Dewis uses the brush panel to do all sorts of changes to the original brush in Photoshop to make it look closer to dust. Finally Dewis shows how to use the brush with the original image of the raino (by putting it behind the animal).

Make sure you check out more of our videos on compositing techniques (there are tons of tricks and tips) for combining different images together by some of the best photoshop experts on the web. If you want to check out how to create other cool brushes in Photoshop.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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