Create Soft Haze Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we want to create a soft haze effect on the photo by using different tools in Photoshop.

Step 1: Add a Curves Adjustment Layer

To add the curves adjustment layer click on the icon (shown below) at the bottom of the layers palette.

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From the options that open up, select “Curves”.
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Edit the RGB curve to look something like this:

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Step 2: Select The Lasso Tool

What we’re doing here is lightening the photo, especially the darker areas. After the curves adjustment the sample photo looks like this:

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Step 2: Add a Levels Adjustment Layer

Repeat the process of adding an adjustment layer, but this time select “Levels”. The setting we want to change here is the first number after “output”, and we’ll change that to 6 (or something similar). This will also lighten the photo a little more.

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Next, use the drop down to select the “Red” levels. Here we’ll change the output setting to 35. This gives the photo a bit of a red tint.

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Next, use the dropdown again to select “Green” and change the same output level to 20. And then select “Blue” and change the same setting to 30.

After the Levels changes the sample photo looks like this:

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Step 3: Add a Solid Color Adjustment Layer

Click the icon at the bottom of the layers palette to add another adjustment layer, and this time select “Solid Color”. Set the color to #152b5d, which a dark blue. Change the layer’s blend mode to “Exclusion” and the opacity to 15%.

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Step 4: Add Another Solid Color Adjustment Layer

Give this layer a color of #96713d, which is a shade of brown. Set this layer’s blend mode to “Soft Light” with an opacity of 20. After the two solid color adjustment layers that photo now looks like this:

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Step 5: Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

This is the last step. Add another adjustment layer and this time select “Gradient Map”.  Select the gradient that goes from purple to orange.

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Then set this layer’s blend mode to “Soft Light” and the opacity to 20.

That’s it! Here is the end result:

Create Soft Haze Effect

Ultimately, you can create Soft haze effect differently by using a few techniques and editing color.

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