Add atmospheric photos in Photoshop

Hello! In today’s lesson, novice Photoshop users will learn how to set up a brush, save its settings, and also add a dust effect that glows in the sun with a brush.

You might think, why do you need to add dust (or as they are called, particles) in the photo? But if you have a photo on which the light source (for example, the sun) behind the model a little pollen will add atmosphere and magic to your image! Moreover, it is not difficult to create it at all!

Step 1

So, first find a photo with highlight or just a suitable photo, and then open it in Photoshop. I’m going to add pollen around and in front of the object. To do this, we will create a custom brush.

We need to create a new document to do this, click File> New (File> New) or the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + N”. We will set the size to 600 pixels by 600 pixels and a resolution of 72 pixels / inch.

Step 2

The next thing we are going to do is create random pollen particles. Select a small brush and draw a few small random points at a distance from each other. They should not be perfectly smooth, because we make pollen. Pollen particles are very chaotic! They should look like random points and strokes.

Step 3

When you’re done, go to the menu. Edit> Define brush preset (Edit> Define Brush). Then give the brush a name “Pollen” or whatever, and click “OK.” The first part is done!

We created a custom brush, but it doesn’t look like pollen yet. If you apply it to an image, it will look something like this:

Step 4

So far our pollen is unreal, and we need to deal with it! To fix this, go to Window> Brush (Window> Brushes). This will open the brushes menu.

The first thing we are going to do is adjust the dynamics of the brush shape.

Move parameter SizeJitter (size fluctuation) to the right up to 100%, it will make some particles smaller than others.

(AngleJitter) Oscillation of the angle will make particles look more chaotic, so also change this parameter to 100%.

Move point below and set up Scattering (dissipation). This will cause the particles to scatter and look even more chaotic and organic. Once you do this, you can close the settings window.

Step 5

Now we have set up the brush and can apply it to our photo. Create a new layer. Layer > Newlayer (Layer> New Layer). The color of the pollen depends on the color of the environment. Press B to select a tool. Brush (Brush). By holding down the ALT key, you can choose the color that you like from the image itself. I’m going to choose the color of the sun’s rays, because this is the brightest part of the photo, and the light comes from there. And then I’m going to draw pollen on our photo!

Step 6

Before we remove the pollen in places that weren’t very neat, let’s save this brush with our parameters so that we can use it in the future. To do this, go back to the brush menu, click on the small icon in the upper right corner and select New brush preset (New set of brush parameters). Then create a name and click “OK”. Now you have a new brush, which can be found at the very end of the list of already installed brushes. You can use it at any time!

Step 7

Now let’s go back and finish our photo. Let’s add a layer mask by clicking Layer > Layer Mask (Layer> Mask Layer). Then press B to select the tool. Brush (Brush). Choose a regular brush, make sure the foreground color is set to black, and paint over areas where you don’t like pollen. Also do not forget to install Opacity (opacity) of the brush between 20-40%, this will allow the pollen to slowly disappear and look natural.

That’s all! We created pollen using Adobe Photoshop. Here is what we did: we opened our photo in? Photoshop; created a custom brush, made some adjustments and applied them to our photo. As you can see, all this is done quite easily and relatively quickly. I recommend you try and see for yourself. Adding pollen really creates a magical atmosphere on your photo!

Author: J.

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