Before we show you how to create mist in Photoshop, let’s understand what mist is. When we get up early in the morning during the winter season, we often see the atmosphere fuzzy, right? This is because of the merging of tiny water droplets in the atmosphere forming clouds at that particular time. This is nothing but mist in the atmosphere.
You may be wondering if it’s a mist, what fog is then. Well, fog and mist are pretty similar but they differ mainly in density. Fog appears to be a collection of thick clouds while mist appears as thinner. It feels great when we walk outside on a misty morning along with a cold breeze.
If you are a graphic designer or a photo editor, you are likely to get projects where you have to create misty effects in cloudy morning images. If you are a beginner or an expert, you can benefit from this tutorial. We will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a mist in Photoshop.
Let’s get started…..
At first, open an image with a gorgeous outside view amidst daylight in Photoshop. Then, duplicate the background layer to create a backup copy of your original image.
To do that, choose Layer > Duplicate Layer from Layers panel more menu. Alternatively, you can hit Ctrl+J as a shortcut method. You can also retouch and sharpen the image later when you re-open the image.
Then, create a new layer by clicking the new layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel as shown in the screenshot below.
Now, enable the “Quick Mask” mode. In order to do that, move on to the toolbar on the left and navigate to the “Edit in Quick Mask Mode” icon at the bottom.
After that, go to the “Filter” on the menu bar, navigate to “Render”, and select Difference Clouds from the list of items.
With that, a reddish tint or color will show up on the masked areas of the image preceding mist. Now, go back to the standard mode clicking the same icon at the bottom of the toolbar.
Instantly after that, you can view the masked areas with normal selection marks as displayed in the screenshot below.
Now, it’s time to fill the masked areas to create a misty effect. Go to the menu bar for that and click the Edit tab. A list of options will appear on the drop-down menu and you have to pick and choose “Fill”.
This will pop up a small Fill window with a list of options. Click Content-Aware and choose White color from the drop-down menu. Then, hit the “OK” button.
A misty effect will show up immediately after that on the image. Now, deselect the masked area and for that, go to the “Select” tab and click “Deselect”.
The mist doesn’t look realistic, so you have to modify the misty appearance. Go to the “Edit” tab again, navigate to “Transform” and select “Scale” from the side menu.
Set the width to “200” as shown in the image below and click the “tick” mark to apply the changes. You can see a change in the appearance of the mist but still, it lacks realism due to the density.
Navigate to “Transform” again from the Edit tab in the menu bar. This time, from the side menu, select “Distort”.
Like before, the width should be set to “200” and after that click the checkmark.
The appearance will start transforming gradually and it will take a short time to transform holistically to bring out a realistic misty effect.
Finally, mist is created on the air and it looks super realistic in the atmosphere giving a vibe of a misty and foggy morning.
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