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