Nov 10, 2012

Tutorial: The Fog Effect

Lately I’ve been very curious about the foggy effect that a variety of people have been using on their SL photographs.  One person in particular is a master at these beautiful foggy photographs.  If you haven’t seen the lovely and talented Aria Christen’s blog then you are certainly missing out.  Her photographs, her style, just everything she does is classy and beautiful.  It’s currently one of my favorite blogs to sneak a peek at, and I find myself continuing to go back to see what new stuff she’s added.  Miss Christen’s photos often times have this stunning foggy appearance, and while i’m unsure how she goes about doing her own photographs, I decided to set out to learn how to make some of my own foggy!  I thought I would share with you the way I went about adding a “foggy” effect to my own pictures, so here is how! (This is terribly easy btw…and i’m using CS3)

This above was my raw shot.  Then I cropped, and cleaned it up a bit. Nothing too major.

Step One

After you’ve done the rest of your editing and gotten your photo to where you want it in Photoshop create a new layer.  (Layer > New > Layer)

Step Two: 

Use the paint bucket tool and fill the new layer with white.  Set your opacity on your layer to somewhere between 80 – 95%.  Really depends on how strong you want your fog to be.

Step Three:

Now create a mask layer.  Go up to Select > Load Selection.   Then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Then hit CTRL + D.

Step Four: 

Now select your gradient tool (click and hold down on the paint bucket for the gradient tool to pop up).  Use the linear black and white option, draw your line across the pic and let go.  You should then have a large amount of “fog” on your pic.  I played around drawing the gradient linear line different ways.  Experiment and see what you come up with!

Step Five:

You can then take your eraser and play around with different opacity selections and erase areas to make it less dense fog in spots.

Here is my final image.  It’s certainly nothing special, and I’m sure with practice I can be far better at it.  I do hope you have fun playing with the fog effect like I have, and thank you again to Miss Christen for her unknowing inspiration!


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  • Thanks for the tutorial, Harlow. I love the way yours turned out. Always looking for new and fun PS techniques.


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