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PicsArt Smoke Effect | How To create a Smoke Effect in PicsArt | Tutorial

A Step by Step Tutorial to help you create an Amazing Smoke Effect in PicsArt. Learn how to create a PicsArt Smoke Effect.

Hello There! This is Daimary John and in this Article, “PicsArt Smoke Effect“. We will learn,

What is PicsArt Smoke Effect?

PicsArt Smoke Effect is a “Creative Edit” where a particular character is merged with smoke to create a smoke appearing/rising from his/her body.

With the help of few smoke PNGs and an image of a Guy or a Girl. You can merge the two images together and create a smoke Effect, professionally!

How To Create a Smoke Effect in PicsArt?

In order to create a Smoke Effect in PicsArt. You will first have to learn about the Layer Tool.

Because the entire project requires Layers to be used. You will have to Erase, Brush, Merge, Xor etc. All with the PicsArt Layer Tool.

Once you’ve learnt How to use the Layer Tool. We may move ahead with our project.

To create a Smoke Effect in PicsArt, follow the Step by Step Instructions provided below,

Step 1 : Choose an image for your project.

For an enhanced look, make sure you choose a Portrait image easy enough to change the background.

Guy With a Jacket

Above is an image of a Man wearing hoodie. We will be creating a rising Smoke in his Shoulder and his Head.

Step 2 : Open the image in PicsArt.

Step 3 : First. You will have to crop the character and save the image as a clip art. You can do this by using the Free Crop Tool.

PicsArt Smoke Effect Creating a Clipart

Refer to the image provided above for more information. Or,

Learn : How to create a Sticker by using the Free Crop Tool.

Step 4 : Now choose a tik tok and a clean background. You can create your own Background images with the help of PicsArt itself.


Alternatively, you can visit to Stock Sites for some amazing background images. For example : Pexels

In my case. The background was a plain “White Background“.

Step 5 : By default. PicsArt automatically creates a new Empty Layer.

PicsArt my Sticker

Move to the bottom Layer and, Go to Add Photos>Stickers>Select the Clipart, which we saved earlier.

Step 6 : You may now adjust the size of the clip art to meet your needs.

PicsArt Smoke Effect adjusting the clipart

You can Stretch the edges, you can increase or decrease the size, Or, You can also tilt the Clipart.

You can also smoothen the edges using various types of Brushes from which the smokes would rise.

Step 7 : Once you are done setting up your Character, you can now start adding the Smoke PNGs in the Empty Layer.

PicsArt Smoke PNGs

The Transparent Smoke images above are all from the PicsArt Gold Membership.

My recommendation would be to use at least 3 different Smoke images. In my case, I went with just 2.

Step 8 : Select the desired Smoke images and start searching for the right spot.

PicsArt Smoke Effect adjusting the smoke image

Resize your Smoke images if needed.

Step 9 : Once you are done adding all the smoke images.

PicsArt Smoke Effect XOR layer

You will now have to “XOR” the smoke Layer. This will make the smoke image go blank and pixel less.

In order to Xor the smoke Layer, Go to Blending Modes>Xor.

Step 10 : Post Xor, you may now merge the smoke Layer with the background Layer.

PicsArt Merge Layer

In order to merge the Layers together, Go to Layer Options>Merge.

Step 11 : Create one last empty Layer and drag it to the bottom. Making it the bottom Layer.

New empty layer

Step 12 : Move to the bottom Layer and select the Brush Tool.

PicsArt Smoke Effect Brush over the character

Also select the matching Colors to the character and just brush over the image.

You will notice that the colours are visible only through the Xor’d area. And that’s the magic of PicsArt Smoke Effect.

Tip: Long-tap on the character to enable the color picker.

PicsArt Smoke Effect color picker

Below is a sample of the completed edit, the “PicsArt Smoke Effect“.

PicsArt Smoke Effect

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Well, this was all in this post PicsArt Smoke Effect. I hope this tutorialPicsArt Smoke Effect” to be the one you were looking for. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below.

If you want to increase your knowledge over PicsArt. You can read and learn more through the following links provided below.

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