How to add fog on photos in photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create your own Mist brushes using transformation and various filters.

1. Create a basic fog texture.

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. Install Width (Width) and Height (Height) to 5000 px, and then press ‘OK’.

Step 2

Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G), set to black (# 000000). Fill The background (BACKGROUND) in black.

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of the layer with Background (BACKGROUND). You can find the button Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel (if you do not see this panel, then go Window – Layers (Window> Layers)

Double click on the name of the layer you just created. Name this layer Fog(FOG).

Using tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G), also fill this layer with black color.

Step 4

Choose a tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), create a circular selection in the center of the image. See the screenshot below for an example.

Next, go Selection – Modification – Feather (Select> Modify> Feather) and in the window that appears, set Shading radius (Feather Radius) 500 px. Click the ‘OK’ button.

Thanks to this action, we will create a smooth transition between the fog and the rest of the image.

Step 5

Set the foreground color to black and the background color to white.

Next, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds) to render the base texture to create a fog brush.

Now, cancel the active selection, for this we go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect0.

Step 6

To make the base texture more realistic, we need to slightly blur it. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius(Radius) blur 30 px. Click ‘OK’.

2. Create a thick fog.

So, we come to the most exciting part of the lesson! You can create many variations of fog at your discretion. In this lesson we will look at three main variations. But you can customize the brush as you like.

We will focus on creating the following three effects:
Thick fog(Thick Fog)
Light fog(Gentle Haze)
Scattered fog(Wisps of Fog)

Step 1

Right click on the layer Fog (FOG) and in the window that appears, select the option Create duplicate layer(Duplicate layer). Name the duplicate layer Thick fog (THICK FOG).

Turn off layer visibility Fog (FOG).

Being on a layer Thick fog (THICK FOG), reduce it Opacity (Opacity) up to 40%.

Step 2

Next, go Editing – Transformation – Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective) and set the perspective as shown in the screenshot below. After creating the perspective, press the ‘Enter’ key to apply the changes.

Fine. We created the foundation for our first brush. Let’s move on to the next one!

3. Create a light fog

Step 1

Right click on the layer Fog (FOG) and in the window that appears, select the option Duplicate layer (Duplicate layer). Name the duplicate layer Haze (GENTLE HAZE).

Turn off layer visibility Fog (FOG) and Thick fog (THICK FOG).

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 80 px. Click ‘OK’ to apply the filter.

Step 2

Next, go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform) and transform the effect, as shown in the screenshot below. Press ‘Enter’ after the transformation is completed to apply the changes.

Step 3

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) of this layer to 60%.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B). Set a soft round brush with an opacity of 30%; brush color is black. Paint over some fog areas where the fog is too thick. See the screenshot below to see where you should paint over the brush.

4. Add the scattered fog

Step 1

Right click on the layer Fog (FOG) and in the window that appears, select the option Duplicate layer (Duplicate layer). Name the duplicate layer Scattered Fog (WISPS OF FOG).

Disable layer visibility Fog(FOG), Thick Fog(THICK FOG) and Light Fog(GENTLE MIST).

Step 2

Next, go Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform) and transform the effect Scattered Fog (WISPS OF FOG), as shown in the screenshot below. Press ‘Enter’ after transformation to apply changes.

Step 3

Next, go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify). Choose a tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool). Warp the effect as shown in the screenshot below. Press ‘Enter’ after warping to apply the changes.

Step 4

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 50 px. Click ‘OK’ to apply the filter.

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) of this layer up to 50%.

5. Create your own brushes

We have just created three basic forms of fog. In the next part of this lesson, you can see that they can be quite versatile. But before we test them, we need to create brushes out of them.

In this paragraph, I will show you how to create a brush from a layer. Thick fog (THICK FOG). The technique of creating brushes from the remaining two layers is absolutely the same.

Step 1

Make sure that only two layers are visible. The background (BACKGROUND) and Thick fog (THICK FOG).

We created layers with white mist on a black background, because, therefore, it is easier to imagine what the fog effect actually looks like. But now we need to invert the colors so that we can create the brush.

Add a new adjustment layer Inversion (Invert) on top of all other layers. This adjustment layer can be added by clicking the button. Add a new fill layer or adjustment layer (Add new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel.

Step 2

Let’s go Editing – Copy merged data (Edit> Copy Merged) to copy the entire merged image. After that we go Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste) to paste the copied merged data. Place this new layer on top of all other layers.

Step 3

Now, to create a brush from the created new layer, go Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset).

Name the new brush Thick fog (THICK FOG), and then press ‘OK’.

Step 4

Repeat this brush creation process using layers. Haze (GENTLE FOG) and Scattered fog (WISPS OF FOG).

6. Test created brushes

Now it’s time to test the created brushes! Open a photo or photo manipulation where you would like to add a fog effect and start experimenting. In fact, there are no restrictions on the use of brushes. But let me give you some tips on what is needed to get the most realistic results:

  1. Brushes will create a great effect on photos with elements of fog, where you just want to enhance the natural fog.
  2. Do not use pure white for the brush. Try to use very light shades of blue or yellow to get the most plausible result.
  3. Use low opacity brushes.
  4. Try using different brush sizes and shapes to see which brushes best fit each image.
  5. Keep in mind that objects closer to you will be more visible in the fog than those located far away.
  6. Usually the areas covered with fog have the least contrast.

Let’s see how brushes work on images.

In the first image, you can see how the brush looks. Thick fog (Thick Fog).

In this image, you can see how the brush works. Haze (Gentle Fog). As you can see, I also reduced the contrast of the image to get the most believable result.

Brush Scattered fog (Wisps of Mist) looks great if the image already has an element of fog, and you just want to enhance the individual details.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You’ve created your own Mist brushes!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create your own Mist brushes using transformation and various filters. We gave you recommendations on how to apply them in order to create the greatest realism in your work.

Try experimenting with different shapes, colors and opacity to create your original effect.

You can download the author’s brushes. on this link.

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