Change the at­mos­phere

James Pater­son re­veals how to com­pletely change the feel of a scene by adding moody mist

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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.

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