Creating Fog and Night Effect Using GIMP

fog_and_night_effect_using_gimp_02Creating Fog and Night Effect Using GIMP by Matthew L. Facundus

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Matthew L. Facundus  sent us a super easy tutorial for creating the effect of day time fog aerial view and then using that same effect for a night scene. This method is used to create the illusion of fog for an aerial perspective using GIMP . GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. You could use other image editing software to achieve the same effect, such as Photoshop.

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This model was rendered in AutoCAD 2010.  The shown image below is uninspiring and needs something to show a sense of scale.

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Image Rendered in AutoCad

I saved the rendered image as a .jpeg and opened it in Gimp.  I used the airbrush tool and selected the color white to add the illusion of fog.  This simple technique completely changed the appearance and gave it a much better look.

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Fog Illusion Using the Airbrush Tool

Using the same image as above, I went on to use the airbrush tool to create a night scene.  I airbrushed black around the edges and a slight touch of yellow in the center.

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Night Effect Using the Brush Tool

These techniques are super easy but create a nice look and remember not to get carried away with the air brushing – a little goes a long way.

Matthew L. Facundus

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