How to Create a Frozen Effect in Photoshop
In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create a frozen ice photo effect using filters and gradient map adjustments. The frozen effect can be applied to any photo with little adjustments. I will use this girl portrait stock image. This Photoshop tutorial is different than the ice effect for the Frozen Queen Photoshop tutorial I did a while ago.
So, let's start.
Press Control-T and rotate the Girl Portrait layer.
Go to Image > Reveal All.
Go to Filter > Stylize > Wind and set the Method Wind and the direction.
Press Control-T and rotate the Girl Portrait layer back to the initial position.
Create a new layer and use these icicle brushes to add details on different parts of the image. I added icicles on the woman hands and face and also on the top edge of the image creating a frame. Use color white for the brush and different tones of gray. Also use different sizes for the icicle brush. You can add multiple layers
Add this snow overlay texture in a new layer and set the blend mode to Screen. Call this layer Snowing Texture. Duplicate the Snowing Texture layer and call it Icicle Texture.
For the Icicle Texture repeat the same process that you made for the Girl Portrait with the rotate and the wind filter effect. Also move the layer to be in a different position and set the opacity to 40%.
Add a Gradient Map adjustment using these color tones: #0b7a92 (location 0%), #00e3f7 (location 54%) and #ffffff (location 79%).
Press Shift-Control-Alt-E to create a copy of all the layers merged. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay.
Add a Gradient adjustment with these colors: #0959fc (location 0%), #51e0ff (location 50%) and #0959fc (location 100%). Set the blend mode to Soft Light.
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