If you look at the real world, you will notice that things look different the further away they get. Distant mountains look distant. Why? You will notice they become less saturated in color a less contrast. You may call this haze, or pollution. The technical name is atmospheric perspective. While there are many ways this could be done (I’m sure I’ll make more tutorials showing alternative methods), I wanted to share this method with you. This technique uses the history brush and history panel to make a “multiple-effect layer”. The advantage of this, is that you can forget about all the technical side, put on your artist’s hat and paint on all the effects at once, with the ease of a brush. While it may not be obvious at first, this is a non destructive way of working, just not the type that most people are used to.
I also wanted to show you how to use the history brush. It’s one of those little gems in Photoshop, that a lot of people aren’t aware of. The more ways you know how to work in Photoshop, the faster you will work and options are always a good thing. Don’t be locked into only one way of working. I hope you find this useful.
In case you forget, here are the basic steps.
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Thank you for the great tutorial on using the history brush and snapshot.
First tutorial on the history brush for me. Thanks.
Never used history brush before so i’ll give it a try it. Always nice to learn a new tool. Thx.
What a fun way to create a quick editing. Never thought of using the history brush to paint in/out effects. Will be trying this out.
So glad to find out what the history brush does. I’ve accidentally selected the tool and had error messages pop up at me, but I just said “screw that,” and escaped it. Now I might actually use the tool on purpose!