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Photoshopping a ghostbusters "particle stream" effect

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I am trying to find a tutorial on how to create a particle stream effect (ala ghostbusters) on an existing picture.  I have searched on google and haven't found anything remotely helpful.  

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Question by:Underwhelmed
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by:BongSoo
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I have no idea what a particle stream should look like. can you post a pic?
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by:BongSoo
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that should be relatively easy but I don't have the time. If someone else doesn't do it before the end of the day I may try.
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by:wildbrookmedia
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by:BongSoo
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Here is a good idea of what you will need to know to create this sort of affect. You will do yourself a huge favor by playing with these and figuring out how to do it yourself rather than getting someone to tell you exactly how to do it. Still, if you try this and can't figure it out I will try to put something to gether.

1) Layers. Familiarize yourself with the layers control panel/palette. Play with opacity and multiply (overprint). Using groups is a good one too, but you probably don't need it for this.

2) Paths. Familiarize yourself with the paths control panel/palette, and how to draw them using the bezier curves pen tool(s).

3) Selections. Understand how to make selections including drawing them and converting paths. Play with Feathering your selection to get soft edges.

4) Fill. Fill your selections with color, including Feathered selections.

Good luck
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by:BongSoo
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How is this progressing?
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by:Underwhelmed
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I haven't had a chance to look at it yet.  I would actually prefer to have a step by step tutorial.
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by:wildbrookmedia
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You've been provided with a few of them, did you have a look at the ones that have been provided?
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by:Underwhelmed
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yes, but it doesn't have the right look to them and I don't know how to make it look right.
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by:BongSoo
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That was my point. If you took a look at Wildbrookmedia's tutorials, and familiarized yourself with the topics I mentioned, you would either know exactly what you need to know OR be able to ask us more questions so we can help you learn how to do this. You have to help us help you...
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by:BongSoo
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Sorry, cross post. OK, what is wrong with what you did  or how do you want to correct it?
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by:Underwhelmed
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The 2 examples above really don't have the same look as the stream.  Here's ultimately what I'd like the stream to look like: http://www.bunnyears.net/gb/wizard/GBvsGrim.jpg

I've tried to contact the artist of this (Matt Wilson) and his email no longer works.
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wildbrookmedia earned 500 total points
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you need to create a wire (Google wire - photoshop)
ore heres one:
http://www.infinite-fire.net/tutorials/photoshop/wires-effect
Add a glow to the wire...

And create lighting around it (Google lightning - photoshop)
http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/lightning/lightning.htm
If you follow this tut and duplicate/transform it around your wire it will look pretty similar.

I don't think step by step tutorials are the greatest as then you don't THINK about what you are doing, a person just follows the steps and ends up at a result but then couldn't duplicate how you get there.

A lot of what BongSoo posted above in what to learn about will help you in this.
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by:BongSoo
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First of all, you are going to have to understand that you are going to have to play with almost every step to get it to look the way you want, but ok, here goes nothing...

first, you have to look at each element separately. Lets start with the main 'yellow' stream...

In photoshop, make sure your Paths palette is open. In the pull down menu, select New Path and name it. How about 'yellow stream' just for the adolescent appeal... now using the pen tool, draw your path. Next, in the color palette at the bottom of the main too bar, choose the color you want this to be. Then, using the pull down menu on the paths palette, choose Stroke Path, and use Brush. You may need to undo this and change the size of your brush and the hardness to get the result you want. (click on brush, and it will show up in the options at the top). Once you are happy with that, create a new layer, name it 'outside of yellow stream' or Fred, or whatever makes sense to you, and choose the color you want for the outside of the yellow stream (I chose a pale greenish blue just to be different). Next, choose the Brush and increase the size about 100% or so (again, you may need to play with this). Then, again, using the pull down menu on the paths palette, choose Stroke Path, and use Brush. If you did it the same as I did, you will have this layer on top of the previous one. Thats ok, just go to the Layers palette, click on that layer, and drag it down the list so its under the other layer. If this looks good, proceed, if not, undo and change your color, brush size or whatever to get the look you want.

Next, to add the lightning affect (you will want to refine this), create another layer above the yellow stream, 'paint' the lightning in white. Duplicate the white layer, and select the background of the duplicate layer with the magic wand tool. Then, select inverse, then select > modify > expand a couple of pixels, and then feather that selection. fill with another color (they used blue in their photo, I used red). Then, with the 'red' layer selected, in the Layer palette I chose linear dodge.

Here is what mine looks like, quick, down and dirty. You will need to experiment to get what you want!
http://www.Ben-Nall.com/images/lightning.gif

I hope that helps? Honestly, you really do need to put some effort into it...
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by:Underwhelmed
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But I'm so lazy!!!

Seriously, I'll take a look at these examples over the weekend as I am working right now.

Thanks
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by:Underwhelmed
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I loved the tutorial on lightning, that worked perfectly.  The paths looked better than the wire.

Thanks for your help?
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by:wildbrookmedia
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glad you got what you wanted!
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