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Ice Effect Photoshop Tutorial - The Frozen Queen
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 4820 December 14th, 2018

In this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create a realistic ice effect in Photoshop. I will show you how to create a beautiful frozen queen portrait effect in Photoshop using some useful techniques like color adjustments. To create a beautiful snow scene in Photoshop you need snow overlay textures and also you have to change the color of the image to a blue cyan tone.

The Frozen Queen - Ice Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Ice Effect Photoshop Tutorial Assets

For this tutorial you will need these stock images, textures and other resources.

Creating The Basic Frost Effect In Photoshop

Open this Medieval Queen stock image in a new layer.

Medieval Queen Image

Add some Icicle on the crown to create the frozen effect. Set the blend mode to Screen. You can of course add icicles on other parts. This PNG image is seamless so you can use it to create icicle borders.

Basic Frozen Effect In Photoshop Adding Icicles

Add this Snowflakes Texture Overlay in a new layer and set the blend mode to Screen. Use the Eraser Tool to delete some areas especially over the girl face. Use a soft round brush and different opacity levels.

Adding Snow Overlay To An Image Using Photoshop

To add more falling snow effect, use this Ice Snowflakes Overlay texture. Again set the blend mode to Screen. Use the Eraser Tool to delete some areas especially over the girl face. Use a soft round brush and different opacity levels.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and add a soft blur effect. You can also use the Motion Blur effect.

Create Snowing Effect In Photoshop

How To Create The Frozen Effect In Photoshop

To create the frozen effect I will use a Gradient Map adjustment layer. Set the opacity to around 84%. For the gradient use these blue color tones: #000000(loaction 0%), #1aa5ae(location 23%), #99fff7(location 58%) and #ffffff(location 85%).

Frozen Effect Photoshop Gradient Map Gradient Map Setting For The Image Frozen Effect

Use the Brush Tool and a soft round brush to paint inside the Mask of the Gradient Map adjustment layer. Use 10% opacity for the brush and color black. Paint over the girl face to reveal some of the original colors.

Reduce The Frozen Effect Using A Photoshop Layer Mask

To create beautiful eyes that pop, I will use this Princess Eye Texture and add it in a new layer. Resize the image and place it over the girl's eyes. Use the Eraser Tool to keep only the iris. Set the blend mode to Color Dodge.

Frosted Portrait Eyes Effect In Photoshop

Press Shift-Control-Alt-E to make a copy of all the layers merged. Call this layer Sharpen Effect. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius 2 pixels. If you have a larger size image you can set a bigger size radius.

Sharpen Frozen Effect Using High Pass Filter In Photoshop

Set the blend mode of the Sharpen Effect layer to Soft Light.

Sharpen Photoshop Ice Effect Frosted Portrait

Enhance The Ice Effect Frozen Queen Portrait Using Contouring In Photoshop

Use the Burn Tool inside the Sharpen Effect layer to add some shading effect. You can use the Dodge Tool for adding highlights. It is similar to contouring makeup technique.

Frozen Queen Portrait Photoshop Contouring Photoshop Contouring Dodge And Burn Tool

You can add two more Sharpen Effect layers. Add one layer with Radius 2 pixels and Soft Light blend mode. Add another layer with Radius 4 pixels and Overlay blend mode.

Sharpen Even More The Frozen Queen Portrait

Create a new layer and use the Brush Tool to paint over the lips, cheeks, nose and forehead to add highlights and a frosty look. Use the color white, a soft round brush and opacity 50%. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay.

Adding Highlights To The Portrait In Photoshop

Finalizing The Photoshop Ice Effect By Adding Frosted Makeup To The Frozen Queen Portrait

To add a glitter makeup, add this Silver Glitter PNG image in a new layer and set the blend mode to Hard Light. Make sure you have glitter over the eyes, lips.

Add Glitter Texture To Create An Ice Effect Makeup In Photoshop

Add a Layer Mask to the Glitter layer and fill the mask with black. The gillter will obviously disappear.

Create A Glitter Makeup Photoshop Layer Mask

How To Setup The Ice Photoshop Brush For The Glitter Makeup

Pick the Brush Tool and choose a Hard Round brush. Open the Brush Panel and make these settings to create a new customized brush.

Ice Photoshop Brush Settings For The Glitter Makeup Effect Ice Photoshop Brush Settings Shape Dynamics Ice Photoshop Brush Settings Scattering

Create a new Photoshop ice brush called Glitter.

Save The Photoshop Ice Brush

Use the Glitter Brush to paint inside the Mask of the Glitter layer. Use color white for the Brush Tool and 100% opacity.

Paint Using The Ice Photoshop Brush And Glitter Texture

Add a Levels adjustment layer only for the Glitter layer using a Clipping Mask

Adjust The Ice Effect Intensity Using Photoshop Levels Adjustment

If you want you can also add sparkle effects using this texture overlay with Screen blend mode.

To create a more intense frozen effect add another Gradient Map adjustment layer. Use these color tones: #000000(loaction 0%), #1cb5cc(location 23%), #99fff7(location 64%) and #ffffff(location 100%).

Add Another Photoshop Frozen Gradient Map Effect

Use the Brush Tool color black and opacity 50% to paint inside the Mask of the Gradient Map adjustment layer. Brush over the Ice Queen face to add more contrast.

Reduce The Frozen Effect Using A Layer Mask

For the final touches I added a Lens Flare with Screen blend mode. Add also a Gradient Map adjustment layer only for the Lens Flare layer to change the color from blue to purple. Use these color tones: #000000(loaction 0%), #946398(location 68%) and #ffffff(location 100%).

Add A Lens Flare To The Frozen Queen Portrait

Congratulations, You Made It!

Here is the final result for the Frozen Ice Queen Photoshop tutorial. You learnt how to create a frozen portrait effect in Photoshop in just a few steps using gradient maps for winter color effects.

Frozen Ice Queen Photoshop Tutorial Frozen Portrait Ice Effect Photoshop Tutorial

I think this Photoshop ice effect tutorial will help you learn how to create amazing Christmas cards for the winter holiday. Also, check out this list for more beautiful Christmas Photoshop tutorials

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Check out this awesome list of over 50 Christmas fonts that you can use online or download for free to use in Photoshop. Combine Christmas fonts with text symbols like a star symbol for example.

Check out this tutorial on how to use the online Christmas Card Maker and all the awesome features that MockoFun has to offer.

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4 comment(s) for "Ice Queen Photoshop Tutorial"

2:31 AM Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Pretty cool PS tutorial!
This is my ice princess, hope you like it reply
2:33 AM Friday, February 9, 2018
Barely an original bone in my body tonight... but I finished it. I kind of glazed over on the last bit of applying the sparkles and such. Not your fault. The tutorial is great. My hunger is just overriding the desire to sit at the computer much longer. ?? reply
3:20 AM Friday, February 9, 2018
Hi Sharon, I am glad you liked the Ice Queen tutorial :) Thank you for sharing your result, looks great! reply
12:55 PM Monday, October 29, 2018
I like this winter effect very much. Going to making it one time with a picture of my own. The result is fabulous. Thank you for sharing it with us, so I can translate en share it with my Photoshop friends.

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