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Use Photoshop To Add Digital Mist

How to add a touch of digital mist to your landscape photograph using Photoshop.

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Updated March 2012.

Adding mist to a landscape photograph is surprisingly quick if you use Photoshop's Gradient tool.

Step 1: Open Your Image And Crop

Open a suitable photo. I chose one at Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. It has a reflection in the reservoir and is a typical scene where some mist won't look out of place. Avoid using shots with foregound detail, such as trees or rocks, at first as these will need masking to prevent the mist from looking incorrectly placed.

I first cropped the small amount of sky and its reflection in the water, making the image a more oblong shape which suits a landscape.

landscape that we will add mist to

Step 2: Create A New Layer

Create a new layer: Layer>New>Layer (ctrl + n)

Step 3: Select A Gradient

Select the gradient tool and choose the foreground to transparent gradient and the linear reflected option.
mist added

Step 4: Change The Foreground Colour

Change the foreground colour to slightly off white. Double click the foreground colour square and click on a point far left and near the top in the lightest area of the colour picker. An RGB value of Red 240, Green 240 and Blue 240 is fine.

Step 5: Add The Gradient

With the Gradient tool selected click on the photo where you want the centre of the mist to be (the water's edge). Hold down on the mouse and drag either up or down to where you want the mist to fade out (mid way up the tree stumps). Let go and the band of mist will appear.

mist added

Step 6: Reduce Opacity

You can now reduce the opacity of the layer for a weaker affect.

Step 7: (Optional) Use the transform tool

Try using the Transform tool (Edit>Transform>Scale) to stretch the mist band to cover more of the scene. Click the top centre box and drag upwards or the bottom centre one and drag down. Now use the Hand tool to make any final adjust of position, making sure the centre of the fog is at a natural level.

Stretch the mist with the transform tool

That's it. Told you it was quick and easy! Here's the final image:

Photoshop Mist applied

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User_Removed 18 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2012 6:55AM
You can't be serious surely? Sad
What ever happened to real photography?
15 Mar 2012 2:14PM
Not tried this yet but it looks a bit too dense in the center, pehaps a touch more transparency would help ?
NEWDIGIT 9 401 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2012 11:41AM
you have to be joking this must be one of the worse "editted"shots I have ever seen on this site
Wait till autumn get your backside out of bed in the early morning and do it properly

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