Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Fog and mist are two of the most ethereal forms of nature. When you see fog, you’ll
notice that the further back the scenery is, the lighter they are and less color they have.
And in heavy fog, the scenery gradually disappears in a sea of hazy light grey or white. You’ll
also notice that mist tends to cling to the ground in thick, feathery patches. I created
this one from this photo and will show you how I did it. Open a photo you’d like to use.
I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com. It’s best to use a photo was shot from a perspective
no higher than the height a person. Remember, every photo has its own spatial references
such the distance of objects or people from the camera. Whatever photo you use, you can
still apply the same techniques that I’ll be showing you in this example. Click the
Adjustment layer icon and click “Hue/Saturation”. Slide the Saturation all the way to the left
and the Lightness all the way to the right. Your image should look completely white. Open
your Gradient Tool and open your thumbnail presets. Click the Black to White thumbnail
and make sure the Linear Gradient is highlighted. Go to the bottom of your document and press
and hold Shift as you drag the gradient line to the top. Then, release. This lightened
and desaturated your photo the further up it goes. Next, we’ll replace back some of
the brightness and color of objects in the foreground. Remember, the closer the objects are,
they’ll look less enveloped by the fog. Click off the eyeball next to the adjustment layer
to hide the layer and click the thumbnail of your photo to make it active. In this photo,
the trees on the left are the closest, so I want to restore some of their brightness
and color once we add the fog back. To do this, I’ll open my Quick Selection Tool with
a size of 20 pixels. I’ll drag my mouse or pen over the trees in the foreground and go to Select and Refine Edge. I covered “Refine Edge” in depth in some of tutorials, so I won’t be over all of the features here. Check “Smart Radius”. Drag the Radius slider
a little to the right. Now, drag over the edge of the mask. When you release your cursor,
you’ll notice that the mask now includes a lot more detail. Output it as a Selection and click OK. Make the Adjustment layer visible and its layer mask active. Zoom out of your
document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard a few times. Open your Brush Tool. We’ll adjust the Size in a second. Make the Hardness 0% and the Opacity 50%.
To increase the size of the brush, press the right bracket key until it’s bigger than the
selection. Then, brush once over the selection. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl
or Cmd + 0. To reduce the size of your brush, press the left bracket key. Let’s hide the selection, so we can see the tree better. Press Ctrl or Cmd + H. Now, I’ll carefully
brush over the branches of the tree that’s the nearest to us. To delete the hidden selection, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. I’ll reduce the brush’s opacity to approximately 15%, adjust the brush size and brush over the tree that’s the next closest. Next, we’ll add some mist hovering over the grass. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Make sure your foreground and background colors are black and white, respectively. If they aren’t, press “D” on
your keyboard. Go to Filter, Render and Clouds. Change its Blend Mode to “Lighten”. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. At the top, you’ll see the Width and the Height.
These are the Horizontal and Vertical scales of the Transform. Change the Width to 400%
and the Height to 60%. Drag the transform down to the ground level. Then, press Enter or Return. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Hide the copy and make the original active. Open your Eraser Tool. Make the Size: 150 pixels, the Hardness: 0 and the Opacity: 100%. Now, brush across the top of the mist to erase it. Reduce its opacity to 50%. Make the copy visible and active. Open your Transform Tool and click the chain-link icon. This links the Width and the Height. In either them, type in 200. Then, press Enter or Return. Increase the size of the Eraser and brush across the top of the mist. Reduce its opacity to approximately 50%. Then, drag the mist to a location you like. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!