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How to Make Fog With Photoshop

Updated on May 15, 2019
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Johana is a freelance graphic designer who loves to write Photoshop tutorials.

In this tutorial we will add fog and mist to a photo using Photoshop.

For creating the fog effect I will use these resources (brushes, textures, stock images)

Step 1 - Open Your Photo

Open your photo in Photoshop. To explain how to create fog in Photoshop I have chosen this photo of a mountain landscape in a sunny day.

Step 2 - Desaturate in Photoshop

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and desaturate these color channels:

  • Yellows (saturation -43)
  • Cyans (saturation -68)
  • Blues (saturation -100)

You might have to use other settings for your photos. You can also change the saturation of other color channels.

Step 3 - Reduce Contrast with Brightness/Contrast Adjustment

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and reduce the Contrast.

Step 4 - Reduce Brightness with Curves Adjustment

Add a Curves adjustment and modify the curve to obtain a matte effect. That way we reduce the brightness and the contrast of the photo even more.

Step 5 - Use the Brush Tool to Hide Details

Create a new layer. Pick the Eyedropper Tool and click on the sky to pick a color.

Use the Brush Tool and different opacity levels to paint over the sky and clouds. Also paint over the mountains and trees from the background.

Step 6 - Use the Photoshop Fog Brushes

Create a new layer. Use the fog Photoshop brushes to add realistic fog and mist effect.

Pick the Brush Tool and use a light gray color #ededed for the brush. Set the size of the fog brushes and also the opacity to around 45%.

You can change also the angle of the fog brushes and add more fog and mist.

If you want you can also add the fog texture over the image and set the blend mode to Screen.

Use the Fog Photoshop action if you want to obtain quick and easy results.

So, here is the final result for the fog effect made in Photoshop using fog & mist brushes and adjustment layers.

© 2019 JohanaPS

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