How to Create a Stunning Winter Princess Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Stunning Winter Princess Artwork in Photoshop
Learn how to create this winter scene in Photoshop. You will learn how to blend photos and textures, create a cold blue photo effect, and more!

Final Results

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Step 1 - Background

Open the 'Background 1' image and let's crop the part we are interested in.
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Duplicate the image and set it to Multiply. Opacity 80%.
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Open the 'Background 2' image and put it above the other layers. Delete the part with the tree (as you see below).
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Set the layer to Soft Light. Opacity 50%. As you can see on top there is a part of the tree that is not well belended. Delete it with the Erase Tool or with a Layer Mask (I prefer this method because it doesn't destroy the image).
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This is what you will have.
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Create a new layer. Choose a big round soft brush with low Opacity and pick Black color. Paint a vignette like the one you see in the image below and add Gaussian Blur if you want.
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Set the layer to Multiply. Opacity and Fill to 80%.

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We need to create a kind of ray of light. Create a new layer. You can paint it with a soft brush or use a light beams brush like this.I used this color: #ccdffb (The black background is only to make you see the light, you will not have to do it!)
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I left the layer with Normal Blend but I put the Opacity at 80%. Double click on this layer and a window will pop up. Check 'Outer Glow'. Put the color #ccdffb instead of the preset yellow.
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Step 2 - Lady

Extract the Lady and put her above every layer in the position you see below. (I previously worked on her skin with the Smudge Tool and liquified a bit her face).
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Add a Hue/Saturation only for the lady's layer and set the Saturation to -60.
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Create a new layer below the one with the Lady. Load the 'Smoke' brush and with color #999da3 paint something like the image below.
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Set the layer to Linear Dodge with Opacity and Fill at 50% and this is what you'll have so far.
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Create a new layer linked only at lady's layer (above the hue/sat we created before). Choose a soft brush with low Opacity and Flow. Pick the color #cad7e7 and paint some light at the edges of the lady.
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Create a new layer above everything and let's paint some hair to give it volume.
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Create a new layer. Pick a light color from the background and paint some light on the hair.
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Step 3 - Snow

Open the 'Snow Texture' and put it above everything. Desaturate it and set the layer to Screen with Opacity 50% and Fill 80%. As you can see below I deleted some parts of the image but only because I didn't like the snow in those places.
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Step 4 - Adjustments

Create a new layer. Choose the Smoke brush and paint some smoke at the bottom of the layer with color #e2ecf7. Layer is set to Normal with Opacity 60% and Fill 80%.
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Create a new layer. Choose the Gradient Tool (Linear, Color #525869 to Transparent). Paint something like the image you see below.
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Set the layer to Multiply.
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Create a new layer. Make a texture like the one below (if you are not able get it from my PSD).

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