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In this video, Creative Ice Media Group shows you how to make a surreal Mist effect in Photoshop.
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What’s good You Tube? It’s Creative Ice Media Group here. And I’m going to show you how to make a surreal mist effect. This is the before and this is the after, okay. This is what we’re aiming to achieve. We’re aiming to achieve this misty type of effect like a steam effect. Sometimes you like to take photos with your camera and effect on a low shutter speed and you get this over effect but we’ve done it to an image that it’s like a beach or stone I guess you can call it. So you have to find an image, I learned in this tutorial from an amazing DVD called Top Secret. So yes, I’m just teaching you because this guy taught me and it was pretty amazing.
You want to open your image into Photoshop. And you want to gain an image like this; you want to get an image with water in the middle, stones at some point to have like big rocks and all that and a nice background I guess. So we’re going to open on image and go image, adjustments and shadow and highlights. Here we go. The reason why is because the picture is rather dark. I don’t know. It’s obviously going to be different for your other entire first. So as you can see, if I make the shadows higher it’s going to make the dark a bit lighter. For mist surrounded the highlights, it makes the light of it darker. So I’m going to move the amount of highlights around 15 and shadows around 50. It’s going to be different for each item, okay.
And now, I’m going to go to image, adjustments and filter noise; reduced noise. The reason being, so if you see on the background there’s quite a bit noise. So I’m going to do strength, we leave our basics settings as well and just play around with the settings. These settings are quite good for me. Let first do this thing and then we’re done.
Now what we want to do is make a selection. So I guess I got kind of a hot b. So I’m going to grab it. You want to make a selection at the bottom of these rocks sort of thing. And we want to press actually your image, I mean browser, edit sorry. Let me just show you the hot key and use this; command C on a Mac, control C on a PC, command V on a Mac, control V on a PC to copy and paste. Actually you’re not to copy and paste like this, it was edit copy. We’re really cool so we use hot keys. And working on the top layer, we want to reduce these saturations. We got the image, adjustments, and new saturation. I’m going to make the saturation go down. I want to get rid of quite a bit of that color, round minus 60 is quite good for me.
Once we have that, we can go to edit the brightness and contrast. We don’t have to, but we can. Not all images will need this might but might as well show you just in case your image does. Just try on your image if you need any, if what you think is good. For me, I’m going to need a contrast as it is brightness around 13, there we go. Now what we’re going to do is click on the quick master tool. As you can see that is underneath the foreground and background icons, so we’ll just going to click on that. And I’ll go right on hover your over it and then what happens, you get a paintbrush.
We’re always being on the color black. We’re going to paint over the water. As you can see because you already saw the effect, doesn’t it? We’re just going to paint over the water quite carelessly. Then what we’re going to do is get a smaller brush and zoom it in, and go on toward the nooks and crannies. So right there, there. I’m doing this nice and quick so you guys because this is going to be a long tutorial. It’s going to be long edge. We don’t want to do is go over the rocks. The reason why I went to the rocks is to save time and I’ll show you how to get rid of it. Well, you can go underneath the rocks but not over the rocks. If you have gone over the rocks like I have, what you do is just get your eraser tool and you start erasing away because I’ve done it nice and quick. I don’t really have to do much on this one so I’m going to just fix up all my rocks.
So we’ve of course our hardness zero. Let me fix all the rocks. So if you went over the color rock, you went over the rock just to leave at their mask. Alright and that’s what you do basically to every single rock. Funny isn’t it, to be the life of a designer. We’re going to delete all the rocks. You might want to fast forward a little bit into the video because I’m not going to skip this. I’m going to keep going and let commentate on every little detail I do. Just in case because I know you guys love my way.
So if you want, fast forward. If not, watch and learn. Let me just speed off a bit. As you can see I took a bit too much also I’m going to a little bit of the layer mask back in there put over detailed brush. So I’m not going to do at the top this time and then these finer rocks about to text ladies. I go to text. I think we don’t need any of this so we can get a bigger brush and need hit here in the back background so let’s just delete all that. It’s quite of a white image. And there we have it. I’m just going to get into quite a bit of detail in a couple of rocks, in between the rocks because trust me you want to get a nice effect. You’re going to want to get into detail. Like I said you can go over couple of rocks but don’t over extreme. Let me just go around there. Zoom in if you need some detail. I’m too cool for details. We’re almost done. With this, can any on spot any bits that I’m forgetting. I’m not sure. I got a little bit to erase here. That’s a bit too much.
Now what we’re going to edit this selection, we’re going to blur out because it’s a bit, you know. So we go filter, blur, go Gaussian blur. What we’re going to do, as you can see of course if we put quite a lot is just going to blur it in. Reason why we don’t want to do a lot because if we just blur a lot, we just erase all these rocks and the reason as you can see. So what we’re going to do, radius over low. I’d say around three, three is good for me. It can be different for your image but press okay. Now what we’re going to do is click on standard mode which basically just click what the button that you on before. Click the last mode and as you can see it makes this selection. I zoom out. See that?
So what you want to do is go on Gaussian blur again; filter, blur, Gaussian blur. I’m going to make at around on 10. Sorry guys, I forgot one step. I forgot to right click laser tool, right click, and press on that inverse. Only the water that you selected that’s selected and then we go filter, blur, and the Gaussian blur. And well say at around 10, 9.3 is perfect too. And then we can just duplicate by pressing command D or control D. When I say control it’s for PC, when I say command, it’s on Mac. It’s looking relatively good. Let’s zoom in. It’s nice to blur. I could have done a bit more blur on the background but for the purpose of this tutorial, just leave it as it is. What we’re going to want to do is duplicate the background. I may go right to the top. It’s simple.
Then we go to filter, blur. I’m going to click zoom. Leave good, I’m going to say good and we’re going to put relatively quite big amount. You know, I’m going to leave it on 100. And we’re going to move the blur center. You basically have to look at the blur center, the arm box and look at your image. And it’s not going to show preview. But it may sound dumb but you have to like imagine what it would look like. So for me, I’ll get away with a bit high in the center. But over different view, I’m going to just press okay. And that is beautiful right there. We’ll go right directly to mark key tool, zoom out, and we’ll make a selection of the rocks again.
Press command, control and hold that button and click on the layer that we edited the water. Click on that and make the selection. Click on the background layer and just got a perfect selection of that. Then what we’re going to do is go filter, blur, and then radial blur. Where is , I think it’s this. No, it’s not. Give me second guys, I forgot. How could I do this? I think it’s shape blur. Nope. Filter, nope. I say it’s not even blur, I think it’s distort. Yes it’s distort, I’m going on distort, twirl and we’re clear onto the twirl. We can see in the preview if we zoom out. And you can see the selection goes all twirled up.
What we want to do is basically making that sort of shape. What you see now is the sort of shape you want to make. You want to make mysteriously, misty shapely, directionally so on, and so on. So 72 is for me is quite good. You want to make it that way as well you want to make sure it’s going to the right way. Just press okay and then what we do, the control D. If I zoom in, I can see quite a bit of noise. As you see that noise I will go to filter noise and reduce noise. And what we want to do is just basically to reduce the noise, simple as that. It’s clear under the settings you’ll find something good and press okay. Let’s refresh everything and it reduces the noise. Press command D or control D to the select and we make a layer mask. Make sure you’re on the background copy there. And if I go to bottom you can see a link, an effects, a box and semi circle, and so on and so on. When I click on this layer mask, I have layer mask. We choose a brush and we make the color black. And basically what we want to do, we want to get a relatively decent size, harness to zero percent. What we want to do is to erase the top with a brush, erase the top and the rocks. We can just start erasing away comfortably here. And then when we get to here, we might want to change that opacity down so we can see where the rocks are.
And then what we do is just simply rub away on the rocks. Again, you can fast forward. Actually this one won’t take too long. I should think it will unless I’m lying to you guys. It’s going to take too long. Again we can zoom in for some detail on the rocks and then we just erase all the rocks. We can even bare on the bottom of the rock like so what. You know what I mean. And we just start erasing any rocks that is not seen. Let me zoom in, it’s good to get most rocks. When you’re happy with that, what we want to do is go to blur, filter, blur, at the same blur, and we’re going to make it relatively low. We’re going to do around three from 2.6. Alright, press okay and we’re going to change opacity; soften red would be nice. So I would, as you can see that, opacity is way too strong. It does not look real. So that we low it to something around below 50 I would say. Around 45 is quite nice.
Then what we do is make a new layer. We choose white, we choose the paint brush and we choose the white color. And make a bit tiny brush over and move on harness always zero. And we start making this sort of lines. This is what our main misty sort of thing would be. So that’s basically about. We’re going to go to filter, blur, radial blur. I’m going to click zoom again and keep it good. When I click on amount 85, it’s going to be different too all it goes. And again center it’s the position. I’ll leave mine at center, press okay. Nice. We can do it again just by clicking filter and that last action even better. And as you can see it’s giving that, if we look at it before and after, it’s going to be like misty more effect.
As you can see those all shape lines is out of control, like control. So what we’re going to do, select mark and then click mark tool. Select the bottom half again, zoom in again and go filter, distort, twirl. And it will twirl again. And I see something cheese, macaroni cheese. And press okay. That’s all right. That’s quite nice I think. Then what we do is go filter over maximum and we under radius. I’m going to keep it relatively low so I would say around 10. Give it, add more detail if you can see there. Add more detail, press okay. Now what we do is go layer mask, just remember that click here, layer mask. And we start painting the areas on the rocks because of course; we’re going to have that rock thing problem again. So as always we have fun painting rocks. I mean how many times in your lifetime you get to paint rocks? See. How lucky you guys. I mean you guys watch my tutorials here. And you don’t even know how lucky you get. How many people would you know they get to paint rocks? I bet you all like fed up of being know this rocks and that erasing and re-erasing them. It’s okay though. It’s almost over. I promise. That’s the problem. I’m always talking to myself when the tutorials are getting long. It’s a habit. Erase a bit of that rock.
We’re going to change that opacity down to 40 or 50 or something nice. Something nice so 45 is nice to me. Now what we’re going to do is copy the bottom, the background again and duplicate that. And we’re going to select the top half. Where is it? Select top half with the select rectangular marker tool. So that’s top half. And we’re going to edit, transform, and flip horizontal. Press command D to D select. I’ve got ready to be nice effect going on there. I had a bit of a rock in the background. Edit, transform, flip horizontal. Now I have that a little bit of green, I do not like that. You can delete or just leave it like that. And what we’re going to do on top of these. We’re going to fill in two special colors. I never remember of actual colors so I will actually just get the code for you ladies. The code is 374D06. Press okay and I’m just going to fit that and I think I’m lazy. I’m not going to bubble right on top. I’m going to choose make a new layer again. And this time, it’s going to be blue opacity to 100. And again, we’re going to choose the color. Perhaps for you guys it is 475368, okay.
Done and then what we do is paint that one. And all we do is change that p moss to overlay, blur from to overlay and we just low it lowered down our opacity. So I would be around 47 and similar with that 50, 47, and about 47. If we zoom in, that’s a big picture but you just made a lot really nice misty, steamy, watery, sexy, beastie, sex god’s effect. Obviously this base is looking a bit dodgy so we can erase that. If we just start erasing that there. Which is kind of a long work, we might fix it up that we messed up. It looks like I’ll place this part. You’re going to take your time. And I’m erasing now. It looks good, that looks good. Looks better than that greenish in it and if we zoom out, that looks nice if I’m going to say so myself.
If I look at before and after, we have that. That end product when you make, it doesn’t look that much of a difference when you compare the before and after. It’s a really nice effect. You can use it for many different photos. So you want to have this tutorial has many life as all of my tutorials. I’m really tired, been revising only because I’m having my exams on line next week so wish me luck, guys. “Good luck David.” Thank you.
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