In this tutorial, you will learn in a simple way to create a fantastic ice effect for your photographs. To achieve this, we will only use predesigned Photoshop filters, masks to isolate areas to work and some adjustment layers for the color. It is very simple! Let’s start!
Selection of the image
Before starting, we must make a correct selection of the image that we are going to edit. We must make sure that our image has the shadows and illuminations very marked , especially in the area that we will turn into ice. In this way, we will achieve a more realistic and defined effect.
Isolate the zones
Once we have selected an optimal image, we will isolate the areas that we want to turn into ice. In this case, we will apply the ice effect on the arms.
We will duplicate our image by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + J or by right clicking> Duplicate layer . We apply a layer mask by pressing the lower button. With a black brush, we are going to paint over the mask, erasing all the exterior and trying to isolate the arm.
We will duplicate once more and repeat the same process for the other arm until we have both trimmed.
Next, we are going to apply the layer masks on both arms to make our trimming final. To do this, we will right click on our mask and select Apply layer mask .
Once we have our arms isolated, we will make a copy of both doubling them (Ctrl / Cmd + J) . These copies will be kept in case we make some mistake later and we would like to recover our trimmed arm intact.
Adjust and apply artistic filter
We will start working on the layer of the left arm. To do this, first we will desaturate the layer by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + U while we have selected it, or using Image> Adjustments> Desaturate .
Next, we’ll go to Filter> Filter Gallery> Artistic . We will select the plastic filter. By adjusting the strength, detail and smoothing parameters we can achieve a crystal effect on our arm. You can vary the parameters depending on your image to get the most appropriate result.
Once the filter is applied, we select the layer and invert the color by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + I. This will be the result.
Lastly, we’ll put our layer in Fusion mode, with what we will obtain this result: some soft white lines that resemble the flashes produced by the ice.
Tone / saturation layer adjustment
With our layer selected, we will create a group by pressing Ctrl / Cmd + G or by pressing the bottom button with a folder shape.
We will click on the lower circular button to create a layer of adjustment on / saturation , which we will place on top of the group that we have created previously. This step is important, since later we will link it to our group.
We’re going to link our tone / saturation layer to our group. In this way we will make the tone and saturation affect all the layers that our group contains. To do this, with Alt pressed, we will click on the line between the group and the tone / saturation layer. We will get a small arrow on our layer indicating that it has been linked correctly.
Once we have adjusted the hierarchy, we will adjust our tone and saturation layer. We will double click on the icon of our layer to open its properties. We will mark the Coloring option and we will adjust the color; in this case, light blue. In addition, we will lower the saturation a bit and keep the luminosity at 0. You can adjust the parameters one way or another depending on the result you are looking for.
Adjust and apply distortion filter
We rename our group as “left arm” and duplicate our arm layer (Ctrl / Cmd + J) . To this new layer we will add a distortion filter by going to Filter> Filter Gallery> Distortion> Crystal . This filter will simulate a crystal texture on our arm. As before, we will adjust the parameters; in this case, the distortion, the smoothing and the scale of our texture.
Once the filter is applied, we will adjust the opacity and filling of our two layers. I have put in this case the filling of the layers in 80% and 30% . Also, remember to have both layers in Frame merge mode . If we use different fusion modes, we can get other results. You can freely change it for another that gives a different result.
As we did before, we will create a layer mask, but this time in our group. With black brush and adjusting the opacity of the brush, we will blur our arm until we get a gradient on the edges. We will achieve a more realistic and better aspect inserted in the image, which gives the feeling that the ice effect joins the skin.
We will repeat the previous procedure with the other arm, using the same hierarchy of layers and trying that the final effect of both arms is similar. The hierarchy should always be Hue / Saturation> Group> Layers of the arms . Remember to also adjust the opacity and fill .
As final details we will select one of our groups and, by right clicking, we will access the merge options . We will mark the exterior glow option, select a blue color and adjust the opacity parameter of the glow to give it an adequate intensity. We will carry out this process in our two groups.
We will adjust the opacity and filling of our groups. In this case, I have used 60% filler for each group, and I have obtained this result. These parameters can be adjusted according to the result you are looking for.
You can perform the same ice effect on other parts of the body, as long as they have marked shadows and illuminations. In this case, we will make a selection of part of the abdomen using a layer mask, and repeat the same procedure above using the same filters and the same hierarchy.
To finish we will add two adjustment layers: a curves layer and a gradient map . Both will be placed at the beginning of our project, on top of the rest of our layers. I used a blue and green gradient map with an opacity and 50% fill in both. With the layer of curves we will adjust the shadows and final illuminations of our image, which will give it a more illuminated or contrasted aspect.
Try different gradient maps to get other color settings!
Just use the same procedure for all parties. We encourage you to make this ice effect with our free Freepik images, or with your own. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write it in the forum. We are looking forward to seeing your project!