Add re­al­is­tic mist

Dan Mold shows you how to cre­ate con­vinc­ing fog and mist ef­fects in Pho­to­shop then ap­ply them to your au­tumn shots to evoke at­mos­phere.

Practical Photography (UK) - - October -

Gen­er­ate and ma­nip­u­late cloud tex­tures to repli­cate at­mo­spheric fog.

MIST AND FOG HAVE A BRIL­LIANT ef­fect on your pho­to­graphs, as the tiny wa­ter droplets hang­ing in the air dif­fuse the light, re­duce con­trast and cre­ate a won­der­fully soft aes­thetic. It’s a clear sign of au­tumn and, if you wake up early be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber, you’ll likely see this pho­to­genic phe­nom­e­non. But if you are un­able to cap­ture it, or can only see a small amount like in this wildlife shot here, don’t worry, we can add mist and fog to scenes in Pho­to­shop, cre­at­ing a re­al­is­tic il­lu­sion. Fol­low the tu­to­rial be­low to see how you can gen­er­ate tex­tures in Pho­to­shop, re­size Lay­ers and blend them to­gether to give a re­al­is­tic re­sult.

Left There’s a tiny bit of mist in the orig­i­nal shot, which is back­lit by the ris­ing sun.Right We’ve added more fog to am­plify the ef­fect and give this scene an au­tumn vibe.

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