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How to Create a Soft Haze Effect in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on Feb 26, 2016

Do you want to add a soft haze effect to your photos? Sometimes adding the haze effect to your outdoor images can make them stand out. In this article, we will show you how to create a soft haze effect in Photoshop.

Adding A Soft Haze Effect In Photoshop

First thing you need to do is open your image in Photoshop.

You should start by adding an adjustment layer from the bottom right corner of your Photoshop screen, and select the Curves option.

Adjustment Layers Curves

It will open a panel of settings. You can simply lift up the curve from the points as shown in the image below.

Adjust Curves

After the Curves setting, you need to go ahead and add another adjustment layer, this time you should select the Levels.

Adjustment Layer Levels

In this step, you need to adjust the Output Levels when RGB is selected in the dropdown for the best results.

Adjust Levels RGB

Now simply change the RGB to Red, Green, and Blue simultaneously to adjust the Output Levels for each setting accordingly.

Adjust Levels Red Green Blue

Next, you should add an adjustment layer and select the Solid Color option to add a soft haze effect in your photo.

Adjustment Layer Solid Color

Go ahead and pick a Solid Color from the color picker. Remember this color will be used to add the soft haze effect to make your image stand out.

Adjust Solid Color

After adding the Solid color, you have to change the blending mode of this layer to Exclusion and adjust the opacity to a lower percentage.

In the last step, you need to add an adjustment layer and select the Gradient Map.

Adjustment Layer Gradient Map

You can simply edit to choose the (Violet, Orange) gradient from the settings for a beautiful photo effect.

Adjust Gradient Map

It will add a gradient on your image. You should change the blending mode of the layer to Soft Light and reduce its opacity.

That’s all. See this before and after image below.

Soft Haze Effect Before After

These settings for the soft haze effect may vary from image to image.

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to create a soft haze effect in Photoshop. You may also want to check out our guide on how to add a haze effect to your images in Photoshop.

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