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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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etrnlady Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
These are great, quick tutorials and easy to remember stuff too :) Thank you for posting all this!
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Cryolysis May 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely phenomenal.
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Yuki-Namida Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, thanks! Used it here: [link]
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Thanks! I used it here:[link]
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IVbenjamin Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An awesome tutorial as usual! Thank you! :D
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UsayFudo Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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LUCIDEntertainmentFX Apr 20, 2011
YOU ARE BOSS! THANKS THESE ARE GREAT!
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Indigo-Lune Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So informative *3*
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WhysTheRumAlwaysGone Mar 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful job this really helped me to do quick and easy yet realistic smoke. Thanks a bunch!
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