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Freezing Cold Portrait Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial


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Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. It should be around 11 inches wide by 17 inches long and with a depth resolution of 300dpi.

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Step 2

Drag to your document the background frozen road stock image and resize it to fill all the canvas by dragging the anchor points to fit the whole image:

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Step 3

The background looks too bright at the moment and we need to change that in order to create a gloomy dark night mood. Open up the levels menu (Image > Adjustments > Levels or Ctrl+L) and apply the settings as shown below:

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Step 4

Use the Brightness/Contrast tool (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast) and set the Brightness value to 75 and Contrast to 90

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Step 5

Since we made some changes to the lighting of the background, the colors got a bit too saturated. To fix this, use the Hue/Saturation tool (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation or Ctrl+U) to lower the saturation to –45.

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Here’s how your background should look.

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Step 6

Now we’re going to blur the background to add some depth to the overall image and ensure it doesn’t upstage the rest of the photo manipulation. Apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 8 pixels.

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Here’s how the background should look now.

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Step 7

In this step, we’re going to set our adjustment layers so that we can work under them and create a moody feel to our composition. Start by selecting all the adjustment layers in the Layers palette then place them all into a new layer group (Ctrl+G). Name this group “Adjustments”. Next, add a Gradient Map fill layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map). Click on the Gradient to bring up the Gradient editor.

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Create a gradient like shown below. To create this gradient, click on the bottom left stop then change the color to black (#000000) then click OK. Click on the bottom right stop then set the color to #032871 then click OK and OK again to exit out of the Gradient Editor.

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Step 8

Set the blending mode of this layer to Color then lower the opacity to around 73%.

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Step 9

Create a new Solid Color fill layer (Layer > New FIll Layer > Solid Color) on top of the Gradient Map adjustment layer. Set the color of this fill layer to #031E40.

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Step 10

Change the blending mode of the Color Fill layer to Color and lower its opacity to around 37%.

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Step 11

Add a new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast) and position it as the top layer. Apply the settings shown in the image below.

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Step 12

Add a new Color Balance adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance) and set it as the top layer. Set the tone to Midtones then apply the settings shown in the image below.

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Set the Tone to Shadows then apply the settings shown below.

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Set the tone to Highlights then apply the settings shown in the image below.

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This is how your Layers palette should look right now.

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Step 13

Open the image of the model then use the Pen tool (P) to draw a path along the edge of the girl trying to keep as much detail as you can so you can make a clean extraction from the background.

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