Add some mood light­ing

Dis­cover how to change the at­mos­phere in your land­scapes with a few sim­ple ton­ing skills. James Pater­son is your guide...

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Al­ter the at­mos­phere of a land­scape by adding mist and flare in Pho­to­shop

It’s not al­ways easy to ar­rive at a lo­ca­tion at the right time – of­ten the light isn’t right, or the an­gle of the sun too high, or the colours too dull. While there’s no sub­sti­tute for nail­ing the shot in-cam­era, if you want to change the mood after the fact there are a few tools in Pho­to­shop that can help. In this tu­to­rial we’ll ex­plain how to to­tally al­ter the at­mos­phere in our wood­land scene here with a com­bi­na­tion of brush skills, layer blend­ing modes and ad­just­ment lay­ers. With these sim­ple tools, you can change the colours to give the scene a dreamy at­mos­phere, add in spots of flare, and even sug­gest mist float­ing through the for­est.

We’ve sug­gested spe­cific colours and set­tings for you to try out, but bear in mind that these are tai­lored to our im­age here, so if you want to use sim­i­lar tech­niques on your own scenes then it’s worth ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent shades un­til you hit upon the right look. Along the way you’ll learn key Pho­to­shop skills that will serve you well in all kinds of edit­ing tasks. We’ll utilise the power of ad­just­ment lay­ers to build up non-de­struc­tive tonal changes. We’ll also con­trol the ef­fect with layer masks, so that the tonal changes can be ap­plied se­lec­tively to dif­fer­ent ar­eas with ease. What’s more, we’ll ex­plain ani­fty trick with the Ra­dial Blur fil­ter for mak­ing at­mo­spheric streaks of light that fil­ter through the for­est...

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