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Creating mist/cloud layer over water

 
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Apr 09, 2009 23:02 |  #1

Anybody have some tips for me as to how I could create or place a layer of swirling cloud or a thick blanket of mist over the water in landscape photos for that early morning mood/ambience?

I see this quite often in low perspective wide angle shots, and I'd like to get that into my repertoire.

Thanks in advance, people. :)


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Apr 10, 2009 07:07 |  #2

The best way is to use actual mist of course but if you must draw it on then use a cloud/mist brushes such as these (external link), set to white paint with low opacity (10% is a good start) and paint over and over building up the thickness into the distance. Paint only in horizontal strokes otherwise it will look fake and wrong.


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Apr 10, 2009 07:12 |  #3

Take a look here: http://www.scottkelby.​com/blog/2009/archives​/4108 (external link)

Here’s the part I’m sure you were waiting for, the fog. The secret is…….READY? CLOUDS!!! It’s quite simple really and it makes sense because clouds and fog are one and the same. All I did was ask Doug for a shot of clouds and separated it from its blue background and desaturated it. To do this, get a photo of clouds and go to your alpha channels, go through each channel to see which one has more info or contrast depending on your preference, duplicate the channel and get enough contrast from either levels or curves to make a selection from it. Once the selection is there, then it is easy to mask out and ready to be desaturated.

I now have clouds ready to be imported into the S.W.A.T. file and like I said earlier, think of it as a collage. Once It’s in there, I made tweaks to the layer mode and opacity. I then duplicated the layer a few times and still tweaked each new layer, moving them, masking out certain areas, and scaling and stretching. Some layers were on normal with a lowered opacity, some layers went behind to an overlay, some are even on a saturation mode. There is no right or wrong to this so just play around and see what you come up with.


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Apr 10, 2009 07:25 as a reply to  @ PixelMagic's post |  #4

Hank & Fedka - you are the best!!!
Thanks so very much - that's exactly what I was after. :cool:


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