This 'ible will show you how to easily make a vector object of cigarette or other light, whispy smoke.
You will need some minor experience with Adode software. (dublicating, selecting, tools, etc).
-Adobe Illustrator CS2 or higher.
-A computer to run IA
Step 1: Create your workspace
If you plan on printing this or submitting a shirt design, or really any real world media, make sure to create a CMYK document, as the colors will come out better when printed.
Step 2: Make your first "Feather".
Select the Pen Tool and make a point near the top of the workspace. Hold Shift and create another point about half way or farther down the workspace.
While still holding the mouse button, let go of Shift and move your mouse to adjust the curve of your newly created line. You will see the "handle" of the curve follow your mouse with a twin handle mimicking the length and angle on the opposite side. Watch this twin handle and adjust the curve until this handle is roughly half the length of your line and slightly to one side of the line itself.
You should now have half of a feather. Congrats!
Finish the feather by clicking your original point and following the same process for the new curve.
Remove the Stroke from the object and set the fill color to something easy to see, say... gray!