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Workshops and Tutorials - Image Editing


Teaching Philosophy

Adding Fog

Blending

Changing Day to Night

Complicated Merging

Digital Depth-of-Field

Fixing Exposure Diversities

Digital Infrared

Masking

Merging Images

Making Smoke

Making Snow

 

Adding Fog in Photoshop

I created the image below from a shot that I took of the Grand Canyon. I wanted to get a fast-moving cloud as it passed through the canyon. Below is a step-by-step visual, including screen captures, describing the process to the final creation.

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Original image with no retouching done.

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Curves adjustment layer added.

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The effect of two cloud layers merged together. You can see that the layers push downward in the center of the image.

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The dialog box above shows the layer that I dragged in from the file above. It was a vertical, so it covered only half of this horizontal image. I duplicated that layer and blended the two layers into one.

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For the final image I used a motion blur to push the clouds through the canyon. I masked out areas where that technique was not appropriate.

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Mist layer is the product of two merged layers. A new mask has changed the entire effect. Again, the colors are from a jpg file and not a png file.

The example below is done with a very simple technique. A new layer is filled with a color and a layer mask that removes unwanted colors from the color layer. Texture can be added to that layer if more detail is required.

First I add a Hue / Sat adjustment layer to add some punch to the original image. Then I made a new layer and filled that layer with a color that I found in the image. I duplicated that color layer and set the opacity to 58% to achieve a 158% fog effect from both of these layers together. The masks on these layers hold back fog from specific areas in the image.

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Final image with fog added

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