Sorry if the topic name is slightly inaccurate or if my question seems amaturish, I'm fairly new to using PS. For a project I would like to delete the black background of this image http://calibermag.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2534069-Action-Bronso n-617.jpg and replace it with another background, however I would like to keep the smoke that's lingering over the background. Are there any techniques or tools I could use to delete the background and the black behind the smoke without directly effecting the smoke?
That image will respond well to the [Refine Edge] feature.
Basically, select the dude with e.g., the Quick Select Tool, then use Refine Edge and paint the Refine Radius Tool over the smoke.
This tutorial gives the technique in some detail. The technique shown works in the most current version of Photoshop.
Smoke isn't too terribly different, conceptually, than hair.