How to Make Mist in Photoshop

How to Make Mist in Photoshop

How did I get from this standard image of the graveyard entrance:-

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Original Image

to the misty, evocative image? 

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Digital Mist

Here’s an easy way to make mist.  

Open your photo in Photoshop, and create a new layer (Mac: Cmd-J or PC Ctr-J). 

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Click on the BRUSH tool.  Now, along the top of the screen look for the brush options just below your menu bar.  Set the brush to a reasonable diameter – 150 or more and set the hardness to ‘0’.  Set the MODE to ‘DISSOLVE’ the FLOW to 15 and the OPACITY to 30.

Brush settings
Brush Settings

Choose LIGHT GREY shade for your brush colour.  You do this by clicking the ‘FOREGROUND COLOUR’ at the bottom of the sidebar, and choosing a light grey shade in the pop-up menu.  

Grey shade

Now, paint across the areas where you want the mist, use broad, horizontal sweeps across these areas. 

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Next, raise your brush opacity to around 60 and paint some swirls or lines, just making patches.  This is the important part, for this will make the mist look like it’s patchy and make it more realistic.

Now select FILTER from your toolbar and choose BLUR-GAUSSIAN BLUR.  Adjust the radius of the blur until your mist looks how you want it.  

Gaussian

This will make your photo look like this:-

Gaussian Blur pplied

Now, in the layers palette, at the bottom right hand corner of the screen, click the LAYER MASK IKON, to create a layer mask on the top layer.  Readjust your brush menu,   Set the MODE to ‘NORMAL’ the FLOW to 100 and the OPACITY to 100.  Paint out the areas where you don’t want any mist.

Finally, adjust the opacity of your top layer until you have the effect you like and collapse your layers.  (Mac, Cmd-E or PC Ctr-E).

Choose layer opacity

You’re done!

Final image

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