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Steam + Vapor Tutorial v1.1 by fox-orian Steam + Vapor Tutorial v1.1 by fox-orian
A quickie explaining my method of making steam and vapor effects for speed paints and illustrations. It should take you roughly about a minute to paint a good looking plume of steam, fog, or smoke this way. The purpose of this tutorial is not to achieve photo realism, but instead to get an acceptable result when you're planning to finish an artwork in just an hour or two. Also great for thumbnailing and composition planning speed paints.

Edit - One other tip for consideration: I don't consider this important enough to put into the tutorial, [because you should be able to tell through observation,] but just in case... Remember that steam never goes in a straight line. There's always some winding twist or turn in a plume of steam from the airflow or wind passing through it. Steam is just water vapor, so it's lightweight and lofty. Smoke, on the other hand, is much denser in mass, and will usually billow and spread as it gets higher. Smoke gets blown pretty uniformly at an angle from wind. See this as an example: [link] .

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sw1nx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very helpful tutorial, thank you very much!
etrnlady Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
These are great, quick tutorials and easy to remember stuff too :) Thank you for posting all this!
Cryolysis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely phenomenal.
Yuki-Namida Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, thanks! Used it here: [link]
KRTgirl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thanks! I used it here:[link]
IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An awesome tutorial as usual! Thank you! :D
Kamui85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Thank you
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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Indigo-Lune Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So informative *3*
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