Add a frosty effect on a photo in Photoshop

The Arctic freshness of this effect is well known from the advertising of drinks and toothpaste. In this tutorial, designer Fabio Sasso will show you how to create the effect of ice while sitting in a warm room.

Sasso – master of subtleties of layer styles. In this tutorial, he will show you how to create stunning effects, such as 3D water droplets stuck on the glass surface of a bottle, using layer styles. You will also learn how to create and use your brush, including Smoke brushes, which will help you to reproduce the stunning effect. You can also apply them in your other future Photoshop projects.

Final result

Step 1

First we will create the background. Create a new document in Photoshop, fill the background with the color of jade (I used the color shade # 90aea7) or a cool blue tint of medium tones. Set the foreground color to black, and the background color to be white. Next, create a new layer and go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Then select Filter –Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (radius) blur 180 px, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 2

Now let’s make the background brighter. Being on a layer with clouds, we go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Set the white slider at 165 – this will enhance the light areas in the image. This technique of creating a good background is widely used in various projects and is an excellent alternative for most linear and radial gradients.

Step 3

Now we need to create an ice base on which the bottle will stand. Create a new layer, fill it with white. Next, go Filter – Making – Mezzotint (Filter> Pixelate> Mezzotint) and in the settings window install Type of (type) clearance on Mid points (Medium Dots). Then we go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Bias (distance) at 80 px, and Angle (angle) to 0º. You may need to scale a little after applying the filter. Motion blur (Motion Blur filter), because the edges will not be even and will not match the texture in the middle of the layer.

Step 4

The idea of ​​this step is to create a floor, gradually disappearing in the infinite background space. For these purposes, we use a quick mask. Press the “Q” key to enter the Quick masks (Quick mask) select tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (E)). Draw a gradient from the bottom of the working paper to the middle. The red area in the quick mask mode means that this part of the image will be visible, and the transparent area will be hidden.

When you are satisfied with the selection area, press the “Q” key again to switch from the quick mask mode to the active selection mode. Next, go Layer – Mask Layer – Show Selection (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection).

Step 5

You can download a bottle image on iStockphoto.com at a low price. This image of the bottle is already separated from the background, just move this image to our working paper.

Note: if you use another image of the bottle, first separate it from the background, and then move the image to the working document

Step 6

To create a frozen effect on the bottle, we need to create a brush with which we can get this effect. For this, we use the same filter that we applied earlier to the floor. Create a new layer, fill it with white, and then go Filter – Making – Mezzotint (Filter> Pixelate> Mezzotint). Choose a tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee tool (M)), set the radius Feathering (feather) to 50 px, and then create a round selection and then go Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset). Name the new brush ‘Freeze’.

Step 7

Go to the bookmark Window – Brushes (F5) (Window> Brushes (F5)). In the brush settings window, select the created brush ‘Freeze’, then set the following settings for the brush: in the menu Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape), set Interval (spacing) by 10%. On the menu Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), set Size fluctuation (size jitter) 100% and also set Minimum diameter (minimum diameter) 20%. On the menu Scattering (Scattering) install Scattering (scatter) by 120% as well Counter (count) to 5. In the menu Other dynamics (Other Dynamics), set Opacity swings (opacity jitter) by 50%, and Fluctuation of paint (flow jitter) at 20%.

Step 8

Now create a new layer on top of the layer with the bottle and start brushing with Frost brush. It is necessary to paint only over the image area of ​​the bottle, for this, using the tool Pen (Pen tool (P)) create a work path around the bottle image, then right-click on the created counter and in the appeared window select the option To form a selected area (Make a Selection). Without removing the active selection, go Layer – Mask Layer – Show Selection (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection) to hide everything except the bottle image, so paint over the brush using this mask.

Step 9

And now let’s add a thick layer of ice to separate parts of the bottle. For this, we need to create another brush. Go to the tab Brush (Brush (F5)). Choose a standard round brush, about 100 px in size. Next, apply the following settings: in the menu Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), set Size fluctuation (size jitter) at 100%, and Minimum diameter (minimum diameter) by 1%. On the menu Scattering (Scattering), install Scattering (scatter) by 0%, and Counter (count) to 3. In the menu Texture (Texture) select pattern Noise (Noise) and zoom out to 20%. On the menu Other dynamics (Other Dynamics), set Opacity swings (opacity jitter) by 50%, and Fluctuation of paint (flow jitter) at 40%.

Step 10

Create another layer, process using a layer mask, as described in Step 8. Do not forget that you only need to paint over the area with the image of the bottle. Select the new brush that you have set up, and start brushing with a white brush over the areas to be frozen. Vary the brush size using the “[“ and “]” keys to create an uneven, more realistic effect — start painting with a large brush, and then continue painting with a brush of a very small diameter. Use a faint light gray tint to create details, such as the shadows right under the bottle cap, as well as the bottom of the neck. These minor details, painted with a gray brush, will add real depth to the effect created.

Step 11

Create a new layer. Using the same small-diameter brush, carefully paint the border around the bottle to create a rough, frozen edge. Also paint over the ice in the middle of the bottle to create a subtle 3D effect.

Step 12

Create a new layer right on top of the frost effect layer and use small round brush to draw small circles, we will turn these circles into water droplets. Vary the size of the brush, with most of the drops should be small, and add a couple of large drops. Next, go Layer – Styles layer – Shadow (Layer> Layer Styles> Drop Shadow).

In layer style settings Shadow (Drop Shadow), set the following settings:

  • Opacity (opacity) 40%
  • Blend mode (blend mode) Darkening basics (Color burn)
  • Bias (Distance) 1 px
  • The size (size) 2 px

In layer style settings Inner shadow (Inner Shadow), make the following settings:

  • Opacity(opacity) 75%,
  • Angle (Angle) 90º
  • Bias (distance) 0 px
  • The size (size) 1 px

In layer style settings Stamping (Bevel and Emboss), make the following settings:

  • Depth (depth) – 730%
  • The size (size) – 4 px
  • Softening (soften) – 3 px
  • Angle (Angle) – 151º
  • Height (altitude) – 37º
  • Shadow mode (shadow mode) – Darkening basics (Color burn) Opacity (opacity) 30%, color is dark red.

Step 13

Create frozen text is very easy. First print your text – just for example, I wrote the word ‘ICE’ – create a new layer, and then start painting the text with the ice brush we created in Step 9. The most important detail here is that the edges of the text are not too smooth, you can even use the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E)), setting it on an ice brush to hide certain sections of text. Next, apply a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow) to add shadow, for this we go Layer – Layer Styles – Shadow (Layer> Layer Styles> Drop Shadow).

In layer style settings Shadow (Drop Shadow), set the following settings:

  • Angle (angle) 90º
  • Opacity (opacity) 30%
  • Bias (distance) 1 px
  • The size (size) on 1 px

Finally, let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp), you can choose the default warp settings or independently carry out the deformation to give the text a cylindrical shape of the bottle. Pull out the center of the text a little bit in height, and make the edges of the text along the edges of the bottle a little shorter.

Step 14

Download the brush set from the link at the beginning of this lesson. As soon as you install the brush, select the Smoke brush. Create a new layer below the bottle layer. Draw small streams of smoke around the bottle, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 15

Group all the layers related to the bottle (except the layer with the floor and the layer with the background), duplicate the group. Next, go Layer – Merge Group (Layer> Merge Group), and then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (radius) blur 30 px. Change the blending mode for the blur layer to Lightening (Screen) and also reduce Opacity (opacity) layer up to 70%. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser tool (E)) to remove the effect on selected areas. Try to recreate the effect of feeling cold atmosphere. Do not forget to add details to your picture, such as clouds in the background and reflections on the floor.

Note: You can use the Clouds brushes to add clouds by downloading them from the link at the beginning of the lesson.

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