Photoshop Summer to Winter Tutorial with Snow Effect

How's it going everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe Photoshop Today I'm going to show you a few tweaks you can apply to an image to transform a sunny Summer scene into a cold and snowy winter blizzard

The process starts with some colour adjustments to remove the warm hues, then we'll add a white overlay to certain parts of the image to represent frost or snow I'll then show you some easy steps to add realistic snow to your photographs The image I'm working with in this tutorial is this outdoors photo from Unsplashcom The first portion of this tutorial works best with landscape images that contain lots of detailed elements like grass and trees, but the snow overlay we'll be adding later works great with photos that already have snow on the ground

The original size is this image is 6000px, so for the sake of this tutorial I'm going to scale it down to 3000px The size of the document just might affect the values of any filters we add later So begin by adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer In the properties panel, change the dropdown menu to each colour channel in turn and move the saturation slider to remove the warmth from the image It's usually the Yellow and Green channels that require the most adjustment

In this example, the guy's coat is affected when adjusting the Cyan channel, so that's one I'll leave alone to retain that colour information Select the Background layer, then go to Select > Color Range Alter the settings to Sampled Colors with the Localized Color Clusters option checked, then change the Selection Preview to Grayscale and make sure the Range is at 100% Click around the image to sample parts of the grassy foreground area to try and find a good selection that balances between containing a good portion of white, without blowing out the image too much Once you've found a selection that looks Ok, you can tweak the Fuzziness slider to alter the contrast

Add a new layer while the selection is active, then use the CMD+Backspace shortcut to fill the area with white Press CMD+D or go to Select > Deselect If the effect doesn't look quite right, Step Backwards and try again with the different sample area in the Color Range menu, otherwise, change the opacity to around 80% to take the edge off this white overlay The white overlay gives a nice snowy or frosty appearance on the ground, but it might be applied to other areas where it isn't required Add a Layer Mask, then use a Soft Brush to paint away any unwanted areas, like the sky

You can press the X key to switch the foreground and background colours around in order to restore the mask as you paint Drag the Background layer onto the new icon, or use the CMD+J shortcut to make a duplicate Drag this duplicate to the top of the layer stack and change its blending mode to Soft Light Reduce the opacity to 30% to bring back some contrast to the image Add a Sold Color Adjustment Layer and choose a bright cyan colour

Change the blending mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 10% to give the image a cold blue colour cast To finish off the effect with a blizzard, add a new layer and fill it with white using the CMD+Backspace shortcut Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise and configure to settings to the max 400% with the Gaussian and Monochromatic options checked Head back to Filter > Blue > Gaussian Blur and choose 1px to soften the noise effect Then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur

Choose a random diagonal direction for your snow to fall and set the Distance to 5px To transform this noise overlay into snow, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels Move the Shadows slider on the left all the way over to the right Keep an eye on the preview to determine how dense or sparse you want your snowflakes, depending how severe your snow storm is going to be Press CMD+T to Tranform, then drag the corner handle while holding both the Shift and Alt keys to scale up the snow layer slightly

Scaling up raster artwork does result in fuzzy pixels, but in this case, it's actually what we want to enhance the appearance of snow Change the blending mode to Screen to see the snowflakes overlaid onto your photograph Add another new layer and follow the same steps of filling the layer with white, adding a Noise filter, followed by a 1px Gaussian blue and a Motion Blur In the Motion Blur settings, tweak the angle slightly to randomise the direction of the snowflakes Adjust the Levels for this layer, moving that shadows slider a little further to make this snowflakes layer a little more sparse, then scale it up a little larger than the other layer

Change the blending mode to Screen to see this additional snow layer helps add more depth to the effect Add a third noise layer with the Gaussian and Motion Blur settings This time adjust the levels and scale the layer even more The three layers of snowflakes help add some realism to the effect with a mixture of larger flakes that are closer to the camera and smaller snowflakes in the distance Adding the snow overlay is a great way to complement a photograph that already features a snowy scene, but using those initial adjustments can help you completely change the weather within a picture that might have otherwise been taken on a nice sunny day

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