Change the atmosphere
James Paterson reveals how to completely change the feel of a scene by adding moody mist
Use Photoshop Elements to add a moody tone and swirls of mist to a shot
Sometimes the weather can be a photographer’s perfect ally, creating beautiful light or dramatic skies. However, at other times you can arrive at a scene only to find the atmosphere isn’t quite what you wanted. There’s no substitute for capturing real-life weather in all its glory, but if you haven’t got the time to wait for the perfect combination of light and clouds, it’s possible to change the atmosphere of a scene using Photoshop.
In our start image, the bright sunny day doesn’t really suit the mood of the stark Welsh castle, so we’ve blown in a few misty swirls and cooled the colours. This is easier than it looks. Using a combination of the Clouds filter, Smudge and Brush tools, you can create dappled mist-like tones, then shape them into interesting patterns. The technique also covers key Photoshop skills like Layer Masks and the Transform command. So read on to discover how to create atmospheric, mist-shrouded scenes.