In this tutorial we'll create a two season Photoshop manipulation inspired by this beautiful artwork called Seasons Photo Manipulation made by Andrzej a digital artist from Poland.. I will create both winter and summer season using a floating spheric island. And we will start by creating the two side sky, one for summer time with vibrant blue color tones and one for the winter time with dark color tones. So use this beautiful sky clouds and use a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the color tones. Set the adjustment as clipping mask
Now let's add the other half of the sky, using this winter clouds stock image. Add a Gradient Fill adjustment using color #fff0b6 for the gradient and 100% to 0% opacity. Set the blend mode of the gradient fill layer to Color 44% opacity.
Use another clouds texture and place it over the previous one. Set the blend mode to Soft Light and also lower the saturation of this layer. So now we have a two sided sky; we we work on the image later on to make the transition seamless.
Add in a new layer a circle shape using the Ellipse Tool.
Duplicate the Circle Layer, and add it a #e3e3e3 Color Overlay. Call this layer Snow Surface. Use the Lasso Tool to make a selection like shown in the image.
Use the selection and add it as a layer mask to the Snow Surface layer.
Open the layer style window of the Snow Surface layer and add Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow effects.
Create a new layer below the Snow Surface layer and call it Shadow. Use the color black and the Brush Tool to paint a long shadow effect. Use different opacity levels for the brush and also use the Gaussian Blur filter to make a smooth surface.
Place this shpere over all the circle layers. Set the Blend mode to Multiply and add an Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay styles.
Create a new layer below the Circle Layer and call it Grass Border. Make a path using the Circle layer and use a grass brush and a dark green color to make a grass border. Use the Eraser Tool to delete the area that surrounds the snow surface.
Now we are going to create the two seasons and I will start with the summer season. Ww will have to work upside down so every item you will have to Flip Vertical. So first add this daisy flowers PNG stock image. Resize it and flip it on the vertical scale. Use the Eraser Tool to blend the daisies with the grass surface.
I will now add a tree using one of these alive trees from the PNG stock image.
Because the tree looks a little flat I will add a Inner Shadow effect.
So the summer winter seasons photo manipulation should now look like this.
To make the image look more interesting I will add a sunlight effect; use this lens flare Photoshop tutorial and add a sunt lens flare effect like in the image.
Add a Inner Glow layer style to the Dead Tree Layer
Duplicate the Dead Tree Layer and call it Tree Snow and place it below the previous one. Move the layer up(the move size depends on your canvas size), I will use 3px. Make this layer color white. Delete from this layer the shape of the Dead Tree layer. Also add a Bevel and Emboss layer style.
Let's add this road sign stock images. All you have to do is to remove the background and keep only the road sign. For removing the background you can use one of these Photoshop selection tool methods.
Use the Brush Tool, pick the color of the road sign and paint over the text. Write a new text, I will type "WINTER" using the intro free font. Learn how to install font in Photoshop from this quick tutoial for beginners.
Resize the image, rotate it a little and put it in place like shown in the image.
You will now have to cast shadow for the road sign. Use the Distort Tool and a black gradient overlay with transparency.
Add this snowman PNG image. Resize it, rotate and place it like in the image. You will have use the Brush Tool color black opacity 50% to create a shadow beneath the snowman. Use the Gaussian Blur to obtian a soft shadow.
You can use these Christmas lights PNG images and wrap them around the dead tree. Resize the image, roate and use the distort tool, the warp tool to create this effect
How to Create Falling Snow Effect in Photoshop
If you want to add falling snow effect you can add the falling snow texture and set the blend mode to Screen. You can use these textures snowfall 1 and snowfall 2 with Screen blend mode. Also you can download this snow brushes and add snow using the Brush Tool and color #ffffff.
Here are some more snowfall textures that you can use with Screen blend mode.
So here is the final result for the Winter Season Photoshop manipulation tutorial; you can of course customize the image, adding your own ideas, other winter and Christmas elements that I did not used. As always I am curious to see you photo manipulations inspired by this tutorial so please upload them in our comments section.
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