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Earth Goddess Photoshop Tutorial
- Frozen Lake(background) – Arctic-stock
- Statue – SXC
- City – SXC
- Foggy Background – Darkdevil16
- Boat – SXC
- Frozen Lake 1 – Shinigami-stock
- Frozen Lake 2 – Shinigami-stock
- Iceberg 1 – Equinestockimages
- Iceberg 2 – Equinestockimages
- Iceberg 3 – Equinestockimages
- Iceberg Background – Equinestockimages
- Tree Snow Texture – Fenne-stock
- Snow 1 – Equinestockimages
- Snow 2 – Arctic-stock
- Snow 3 – Resurgere
- Snow 4 – Resurgere
- Icicles – Wonderdyke-Stock
- Mountain Cloud – Kuschelirmel-stock
This tutorial is a bit long because we need to make all the images have the same color and contrast, but despite all that it is an easy tutorial and these techniques can be applied every time you want to create a winter photo manipulation. So, the first step is to create a new document and then drag in the frozen lake photo.
Next, drag in the sky picture and place it in the upper left corner.
Now, as you can see the two pictures look like they don’t belong with each other because they don’t have the same colors, so we need to fix that. All the layers we will use for this process need to be clipped to the picture’s layer, so they won’t effect the other layers. Go to the Adjustment Layers-Hue/Saturation and desaturate the picture. Use the settings from the image below.
Next go to Adjustment Layers, select Curves and bring some light into the picture. Erase the upper part on the mask so it will remain a bit dark.
Now that the colors match we need to blend the images together. Create a mask on the sky’s layer and with a brush erase the lower edge.
Open the Iceberg photo and place it like you see in the image. From this photo we will use only the mountains from the back.
As we did for the picture above, we will create a clipping mask and change the colors and contrast of the picture. Below are some screenshots of the adjustment layers that we will use, including all the presets. 1) Adjustment Layers-Hue/Saturation 2) Adjustment Layers-Curves
Blend in the image by erasing the edges on the layer’s mask, with a brush.
Open the city photo, resize it so it fits in the background. The image needs to be small so it will look far away. Create a mask and erase everything but the city. You can also cut it out with the pen tool.
Now we need to make the city look frozen and a little foggy. So open the foggy image and place it above the city. 1) Clip it to the city’s layer. 2) Switch the Blending Mode to Soft Light.
Next, add some frozen light, by creating a clipping mask with Curves.
Open the frozen lake photo and place it in the lower left corner. Now let’s add some light so the photo will blend in. Use Curves as a clipping mask. Delete the edges on the layer’s mask.
Open the other frozen lake photo and place it near the first one.
Next, we will do the same as we did for the pictures above, and this procedure is going to repeat itself for almost all the picture used in this tutorial, only the adjustment layers and the presets will be different, so use Levels and Curves as a clipping mask for the lake picture. After you complete this create a mask and erase the edges.
Adjustment Layers-Color Balance. Use the settings below. In this step we will add a bit of cyan to the whole picture.
In the next steps we will create the big iceberg in the background. This is made from 3 pictures of the same ice, but shoot from different angles. So open the first picture and place it like I did in the picture below.
We will repeat the same technique that we applied for the pictures above, so go to the Adjustment Layers-Curves to add some light to the picture. Next go to the Adjustment Layers-Hue/Saturation. Use both layers as a clipping mask. After you adjusted the colors delete everything but the ice, we don’t need the background.
Duplicate the iceberg’s layer, with all the clipping masks, to preserve the colors, and flip it vertically. Now you see it looks symmetrical and it doesn’t look natural because it’s repeating itself, so we need to cut out with a pen tool some parts that are just too much.
Open the iceberg photography again, place it in the upper right corner and erase the parts that we don’t need. Use Curves and Hue/Saturation with the presets made for the photo used above.
In this step we will adjust the sky, because it looks too cloudy and we need a more calm sky to fit our work, so create a new layer and with the clone stamp tool (opacity 30%-40%) clone some parts of the sky that are lighter. I use the brush tool also, with smooth edges to fix some parts.
Adjustment Layers-Color Balance. Use the settings below.
Now we will continue to create the piece of ice in the background. Open the second picture of the ice and place it like I did, so it will fit the other part. Now we need to make the right color adjustments so it will blend in. Make the presets like you see in the images below. All these layers need to be clipped to the ice’s layer. When you have the right tones, add a mask to the first layer leave only the small ice.
Use the image below as a reference for how this should look like.