Create a cold photo manipulation with a frozen girl in Photoshop.

In this lesson you will learn how working with images and correction, you can create a cold photo manipulation with a frozen girl in Photoshop.

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Step 1

Create a new document sized 11 x 17 inches with a resolution of 300dpi.

Step 2

Drag the background on the working paper and adjust the size (CTRL + T).

Step 3

The background looks too bright and we need to fix it to make it dark. Go to Image – Adjustments – Levels (Image – Correction – Levels) or click Ctrl + L.

Step 4

Next, go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) and set the parameters as shown below.

Step 5

Since we made small changes in the brightness of the background, the colors have become a bit richer. To fix this go to Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation (Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation) or click Ctrl + U and decrease Saturation (Saturation) to -45.

This is how the background should look.

Step 6

Now we blur the background to add some depth to the image. Go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 8 pixels.

Now the background should look like this.

Step 7

In this step we will add adjustment layers. Start by creating a new group. Adjustments, in which we will add adjustment layers Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group). The first will be the Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). Click on the gradient bar to open the gradient editor.

Create a new gradient, as shown below. To do this, click on the lower left slider and change its color to black (# 000000). The color of the right slider is changed to blue (# 032871).

Step 8

Set the blending mode of this layer to Color (Chromaticity) and reduce the opacity (Opacity) to about 73%.

Step 9

Add a fill layer Layer – New Fill Layer – Solid Color (Layer – New Fill Layer – Color) above the gradient layer. Color use # 031E40.

Step 10

Change the blend mode to Color (Chromaticity) and reduce the opacity (Opacity) to about 37%.

Step 11

Add a Layer Adjustment Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast) and place it above the previous layers. Apply the parameters as shown below.

Step 12

Add a Layer Adjustment Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance) and placed above the previous layers. Set the mode to Midtones (Mid tones), then apply the parameters as shown below.

Set the mode to Shadows (Shadows), then apply the parameters as shown below.

Set the mode to Highlights (Shine), then apply the parameters as shown below.

This is how all adjustment layers on the layers panel should look.

Step 13

Open the model image, then use the Pen Tool (Pen) (P) to create a contour around the girl. Try to repeat as many details as possible to cut out the model more accurately.

Step 14

Having created a contour, click on it with the right mouse button and select Make Selection (Form a selection). Copy (Ctrl + C) and insert it (Ctrl + V) on the working paper. Now you can close the document with the model.

Step 15

We have a new layer with a model under the group with adjustment layers. Slightly reduce it so that it covers most of the canvas. You can do this with the Edit – Free Transform (Editing – Free Transformation) or Ctrl + T.

Next, apply the filter Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness) to improve image clarity (you can reapply the filter with the key combination Ctrl / Cmd + F). For convenience, all layers with a model can be placed in a separate group “Model”.

Step 16

Take the Burn Tool (Dimmer) (O) approximately 30 pixels in size with hardness (rigidity) 0%. Reduce exposure (impact) up to 12% and set the range to Shadows (Shadows). Gently brush in dark areas of the skin to enhance the shadows.

We darken the shadows on the hands, especially on the folds, following the direction of the arrows.

We also darken the hairline and the inside of the eyes.

Step 17

Take the Dodge Tool (Clarifier) (O), then change the range to Highlights (Shine) and exposure (impact) by 9%. Brush size and stiffness leave unchanged. We begin to lighten the skin.

This is what the model looks like before and after applying the Dodge / Burn Tool (Clarifier / Dimmer).

Step 18

Now we will increase the saturation and brightness of the eyes. To do this, take the Brush Tool (Brush) (B), then go to quick mask mode. We draw the iris of the eye, then exit the quick mask mode by clicking on the same button. We have formed a selection. Invert it to Select – Inverse (Selection – Inversion) or Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + I.

Step 19

Go to Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation (Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation) and change the color of the iris to a rich blue.

Step 20

Now go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) and lighten the iris.

Step 21

Activate the Dodge Tool (Clarifier) (O) and brighten the eyes to make them brighter.

Step 22

Create a new layer above the layer with the model and transform it into a clipping mask (holding the Alt key, click between the two layers).

Step 23

Change the blending mode of this new layer to Overlay (Overlap). Now we will add shadows and highlights, so that the model does not merge with the background. We take a brush (B) of black color about 500 pixels in size, hardness (rigidity) 0% and opacity (opacity) 25%. Now gently shade the right side of the model. When finished, change the color to white and brighten the left side of the model.

Create another layer and also transform it into a clipping mask. Shading the right head area.

Step 24

Add a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer (Brightness / Contrast) above the layer with shading and transform it into a clipping mask. We use the following parameters to increase the contrast of the model.

The added layers should be arranged in this order:

Step 25

Move the photo of the snow on the working paper and rotate it 90 degrees, then stretch it to fill the entire working canvas. This layer should be located under the group with adjustment layers. Go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) and apply the following settings:

Step 26

Duplicate this layer. On the original we will apply the blur to add snow movement. Go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur), set the angle to 50 degrees and Distance (Distance) by 45 pixels.

Step 27

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 55% and change the blending mode to Lighten (Light replacement). Now take the Eraser Tool (Eraser) (E) and erase all small snowflakes, leaving only large ones.

Step 28

Apply the filter Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness) to copy snow and change the blending mode to Lighten (Light replacement). Then use the Eraser Tool (Eraser) (E), you need to erase large snowflakes so that only blurry ones remain.

Step 29

Create a new layer above the layers with the model, snow and background and take a large black brush (B) with hardness (rigidity) 0% and opacity (opacity) 15%. Start drawing along the edges of the image, then create a new layer above the previous one and change its blending mode to Soft Light (Soft light). White brush draw in the center of the image.

Step 30

Take the frosty texture and move it to the working paper. Adjust its size to cover only the hands of the model. Then change the layer blending mode to Overlay (Overlap). Place the texture above the group with adjustment layers.

Step 31

Using the Eraser Tool (Eraser) (E) (or layer mask), erase the edges of the frosty texture, leaving only in the hands. Reduce the stiffness and opacity of the tool to more accurately remove the excess.

Step 32

Open a photo with icicles in Photoshop and cut them out just like a model. Try to keep as many details as possible. Then open Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and set the following settings:

Step 33

We move the icicles on the working paper, adjust the size and position near the hands. Erase the edges with a soft eraser (E) to combine them with a frosty texture, and reduce the opacity to 85%.

Step 34

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) layer with icicles and flip horizontally. Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal), reduce the size and place on the other side of the hand.

Again we duplicate the icicles, reduce them and place between the hands.

Step 35

Create a new group and move all the layers with the icicles there. Now add the frosty texture and icicles on the bottom of the raincoat. Duplicate the frosty texture and move it to the right place, only this time we do not change the blending mode, as the result will be too dark. Take the soft eraser (E) and erase the excess. Duplicate, adjust the size and place icicles on the raincoat as many times as necessary to cover the frosty texture. We slightly increase the contrast and decrease the brightness of the texture so that it looks realistic on the raincoat.

Step 36

Open the image with the crystals and cut them out, as we did before. Open Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and apply the following parameters:

Step 37

Adjust the size of the crystals and place them on the raincoat. Duplicate the layer and fill the shoulders of the model.

Step 38

Now we take the texture of frost and place it above the crystals. With a soft eraser (E), erase the excess.

Step 39

Repeat the process for the other shoulder. We need to reduce the brightness and increase the contrast on this side in accordance with the light source so that the composition looks realistic.

Step 40

Duplicate the frost texture and fill it with other areas of the raincoat.

Step 41

As a final touch, we add multicolored highlights. Create a new layer above all previous ones and activate the Brush Tool. (Brush) (AT). Set the size to 100 pixels, hardness (rigidity) 0% and opacity (opacity) 100%. Now select two contrasting shades of blue (# 0b2089, # 12dec4) and draw two small circles with these colors and one with white.

Step 42

Go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur) and apply the following parameters:

Step 43

Now duplicate this layer about 5 times and merge all the copies together (Ctrl + E).

Step 44

Again, apply the Motion Blur filter (Motion Blur) and change the blending mode to Screen (Lightening). Then go to Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness) and apply the filter 3 times. Slightly reduce the flare and duplicate it 3 times. We place copies in the brightest points of the image (lamps and ice).

Step 45

Duplicate the glare again and rotate it 90 degrees.

Step 46

Create a new layer and take a soft round brush (B) about 100 pixels wide and with opacity (opacity) 70%. In white we draw small dots at the intersection of vertical and horizontal highlights.

Final result

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