Summer To Winter – Snow Photoshop Tutorial

Summer To Winter – Snow Photoshop Tutorial Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Twitter @JRfromPTC. In this tutorial, I will show you how to turn this summer photo
into a winter snow scene in Photoshop. We’ll start with this stock photo of a wooden cabin
and we’ll apply several adjustment layers to create the desaturated look. I will also
show you how to add snow to the scene by using a Luminosity Mask, the snow in the grass,
and the snow on top of the cabin will be created by using layer styles, so that we can give
a shape and texture. We’ll then add fog and haze to the scene by using the Camera
Raw filter. In this tutorial, you will also learn how to create custom brushes which we
will use for the snow falling in our scene. I will be using a stock photo from Adobe Stock
for this project. If you want to follow along, you can download the free watermark version
or you can purchase a high-resolution photo as I have. Simply go to and
search for this number, 89089704 and that should bring up the image titled Old Wooden
Hut Cabin and you can simply save the Save Preview Image in your desktop or Adobe library.
If by the time you watch this tutorial, the stock is no longer available, you can simply
use any other image similar to this one and follow along.
Okay, let’s get started with the tutorial. The first thing I’m going to do is create
and Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layer and we’re going to bring down the saturation
on the greens. So I’m going to click on the master dropdown, select greens, and bring
the saturation down. You’ll notice that not a log changed because in these greens
on the trees and grass and everything else, we have a lot of Yellow. So, I gotta click
and drag this icon here to the left and notice as I drag it to the left, the greens are going
to show they’re saturating. Also, I gotta click and drag this white one over to the
left as well. Anything in between these two white icons is going to be completely desaturated
and between the between the white icon here and this one here, you’re going to see a
gradual transition and actually, this one doesn’t need to be that far up to the left.
I can click and drag that over to the right to about this point. So all the colors in
between here and in between here are going to transition into the saturation hue and
lightness that I used in these settings. I also want to desaturate sky which is obviously
Blue, so I’m going to click and drag into the Blues and bring down the saturation. We
also have a similar problem. The Blue in the sky is also found in the Cyans here, so I’m
going to click and drag this over to the left. When this icon reaches to the edge, it pops
in onto the right side here which I can then click and continue to drag to the left. And
I can also drag this white one over further until I find the saturation that I’m happy
with. What I want to do now is I want to create snow, the snow that is going to be laying
on top of the trees and grass. To do so, I’m going to use the Channel’s panel but I don’t
want to use one of the channels here now. Actually, I want to make some adjustments
and you use those adjustments as my channel to create the selection. So, what I’m going
to do first is adding new Black and White Adjustment Layer which is going to turn everything
black and white and then I can use this to create my selection. Remember when you’re
in the Channel’s panel, white pixels reveal and black pixels conceal. So, I’m going
to start making adjustments to this image and I’m going to just darken up the cabin
here because I don’t really want to have that selected. I am going to increase the
Luminance values of the Yellows because there’s Yellows in the tree and that’s going to
represent the snow. Also, increase some of the Luminance in the Greens here and increase
them into Cyans because that’s the sky and the Blue as well. Magenta really won’t have
any changes in this particular image. It may on your image and just continue to bring the
Reds all the way down. Now that I made the changes, you can sort of see what’s going
to happen, for example, up here. If I zoom in, you will see that this sort of looks like
snow already. So I’m just going to zoom out, going to the Channel’s panel, hold
Ctrl, Command on any one of these channels and click one of those icons. Ctrl Command
click, it’s going to make the selection of the bright pixels. You can come back into
the Layers panel and you will no longer need the Black and White Adjustment Layer, so I
just delete that. And then I’ll create a solid color which will be an Off White color
and this is going to be the snow that’s going to be on the tree. I’m going to press
OK and you can see what we got there. So, before and that’s after. Now in your image like in mine, you may have
some areas that worked out too well like in this area here on this area here. I’m not
going to worry about it too much now. I’m going to continue working on the project and
if I need to adjust it later, you know, I’ll come back and make those adjustments. Also,
notice how I have some red on these flowers here. I’m actually kind of like that, so
I’m just going to leave it but feel free to remove the saturation of those flowers
if you want to. Now, I’m going to show you how I’m going
to create the snow that’s on the ground here and what I’m going to do is I want
to come into the Lasso tool and just make a quick selection around this area here. Then
I want to create a Solid Color and this going to be again an Off White color, so maybe something
like that. So, I’m going to double click in the side of the layer to the bring up the
Layer Style window then I want to click on Bevel and Emboss and then click on the Reset
button just so we’re all looking at the same thing and I can increase the size of the Bevel here
and that’s okay if we have the Bevel here in the corner. We’re going to fix that later
and I’m also going to add texture. I’m going to click on this arrow here then click
on this icon here and click on Artist Services, press OK, then I want to click on the second
to the last texture which is that one there. I’m also going to increase the Scale and
decrease the Depth, so maybe something like that. Then at this point, you can come and
add more or less highlights more or less Shadows, and just slide that over until you find something
that you’re happy with, then press OK. We have a problem with the edge here as I mentioned
before. And to fix that, I’m want to separate the layer styles from the layer and them merge
them on to one layer and distort them appropriately. To do so, I’m want to right click on the
Effects icon and click on Create Layers. Photoshop will then create layers out of each of those
adjustments, so what I want to do is I’m just simply both of them by click on the top
one then hold Shift click on the bottom one then press Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac to
merger into one layer. Then if I press Ctrl T and I’m actually collapse this, so you
can see what’s going on and I want to zoom in a little bit. If you Ctrl T, notice that
that bounding box goes all around the canvas and we don’t want to to do that. We want
to make it easier on ourselves to edit, so what I want to do is I’m going to press
Ctrl, Command click on the layer mask thumbnail which is going to load the selection then
clicking on the Layer Mask icon and it’s going to apply that Layer Mask on to the texture.
Then right click on the Layer Mask icon and click Apply Layer Mask. Now if you press Ctrl
T, Command T to transform, the bounding box is only around the texture and not the entire
canvas. So then, I can right click on it and choose something like Scale and I can hold
Shift Alt, Shift Option on the Mac. Click and drag and scale that out. I can also right
click on it and select Warp and I can warp the pixels inside to make it more realistic
ground. And I can zoom out just so I can see what I’m doing and sort of get a better
angle and better perspective, so maybe something like that then press Enter. And actually,
I want to just scale that outward just a little bit more, so something like this. I’m going
to zoom in and I can also create a texture layer on this area here but I’m not going
to do it for the sake of time. Instead, I’m going to select the Layer Mask for the layer
titled Color Fill 1 and I’m going to paint it with white to enhance this snow effect.
And as you can see, I’m not being very precise but that’s going to work then I want to
go into Edit>Fade and fade that accordingly, so maybe something like that. And at this
point, I’m going to add a Gradient Overlay to the Color Fill too which is the snow hill,
so I just call that Snow Hill and Color Fill 1 is snow on the tree, so I call that Snow
Trees. So, I wanted to look like it in the Snow Hill layer after the right down the space
to bring up the layer style window and then I can click on Gradient Overlay and maybe
just the scale, the angle. Click and drag this accordingly. Maybe increase the scale
again and bring down the Opacity something like that. Just give it a little more shape.
That’s before and that’s after then I’m going to press OK. I’m going to click on
this up pointing arrow to collapse the layer style, so we can have a little more room to
work with. At this point, I’m going to add some snow
to the top of the cabin. So what I want to do is I want to click on the Polygonal Lasso
tool and I’m quickly going to make a selection around the room. And, I’m actually going
to zoom in just like to see it better and I can make a better selection. I want to go
fairly quickly but it would take more time if you’re doing this on an image or an actual
project. So, quickly selecting the area right on where the snow to be.
Now that I have that selection, I can click
on the top layer then creating new Solid Color and it’s going to be an Off White color
then press OK. I’m going to click on the Layer Mask icon. I have a Wacom tablet, so
I’m going to be able to draw and trace around the edges, so the edges are not so straight.
So, I’m going to make sure I have Hard Brush at a 100% and a smaller brush, so maybe add
about 10 pixels or so and then I just paint on the edges here, so they’re not straight
and they look a little bit more realistic. And as I said before, if you’re working
on your image or an actual project, just take a little more time and try to get better results
and actually, there should also be some snow right up here, so I’ll add that in. And
maybe some on this side and I’m just going to do this even quicker than to the last ones.
And if you make a mistake like I did there, you can just press X on the keyboard. Switch
your Foreground Color to Black. Paint with Black to hide those pixels. Press X to swap
those two, and bring white to the Foreground Color and continue painting, and this going
to be good enough for this tutorial. What I’m going to do now is I want to apply
layer styles to this layer to give that texture that we had down here. So, I’m going to
double click in the side of the layer to bring the Layer Style window, then I’m going to
click on Bevel and Emboss and click on Texture. And if you’re using Photoshop CC 2015, then
the same setting are going to apply, if not, you can just the same settings, so apply it
earlier. You may need to make some adjustments. In my case, I think this is good enough, so
I’m going to press OK. And usually when you have a layer style, you see areas that
you miss, so I miss a little bit there, so I’m going to paint with white in this area
there and maybe right up here. So now, it looks like the cabin has snow on the roof.
One thing you have to think about is, if snow is actually falling on this cabin, there will
also be snow on top of here. Now, I’m not going to take the time to do it perfectly
but I’m just going to quickly add snow right up here just to full the isle a little bit
more. I’m also going to add snow and haze to this image, so this might actually good
enough and I’m just adding snow right on these windows and I’ll just some more right
up here, and holding Shift as I do that to quickly create straight lines and paint more
snow in there. So now, I’m just going to zoom out and just fit the image screen. A little later on, I’m going to show how
to add falling snow into the scene and if there snow falling, there would also be some
fogs, some haze, so we’re going to add that now. And to do so, I want to make a Merge-Copy
of everything you see here and apply the haze to that one layer. To merge everything into
one layer as a copy, you can press Ctrl Alt Shift E, Command Option Shift E on the Mac
and this going to be one layer that’s a copy of everything that’s visible on your
canvas and that’s that layer here. I’m also going to convert that into Smart Object,
so that I can made adjustments to the filter I’m about to apply. Then I want to right
click on it and choose Convert to Smart Object, so we can apply filters and edit them. I want
to rename this and call it Haze because this is what this layer is going to be. The go
into Filter>Camera Raw Filter>Effects icon. Look for the Dehaze slider and slide
that all the way to the left. If you don’t have a Dehaze slider, that’s because you’re
not on Photoshop CC 2015 or newer. If you are on a Photoshop CC 2015, then make sure
that you have the latest version of Camera Raw installed. To find what version of Camera
Raw you have. Go into Help>About Plug-in>Camera Raw and you should have at least
this version here or something newer. So, notice what that did. That layer created haze
onto our image and it’s bringing an extra level of realism and you can make adjustments
to that by clicking on the Camera Raw Filter label and coming and making more adjustments
but leaving it at -100 should work. And you can also click on a layer mask here and paint.
So, I’m going to click on my brush tool. I want to use the Soft Brush and I’m going
to use a Large Brush. Maybe something like that and I going to paint it with Black since
I don’t want so much of that have Foreground here. All layer mask has something just like
the Opacity slider. They call it Density. At a 100%, whatever you paint is on there.
But if you bring the slider down, you start minimizing the effect. Do you see that? You
can see it on this icon here if I hold Alt Option in the Mac and click, you can see what
that does to the layer mask and I can see that I forgot to paint in this bottom area
here. So then, I can adjust the Density. Hold Alt, click on the layer mark icon again and
see the difference and that seems to work. That’s what we have before and this is what
we have now. I’m not going to show you how to create
snow in Photoshop. One of the best ways of doing it is by creating custom brush, so I’m
going to show you how to do that. I’m going to go into File>New. A document that’s
400 pixels wide by 400 should work, press OK, and select any Hard Brush maybe this one
here. Click on this icon to bring up the Brush panel. On the Brush Tip, adjust the size of
the brush or maybe bring that down to about maybe 29 pixels. Click and drag and adjust
the shape of the brush and then paint with Black. So, I’m going to make sure Black
is my Foreground Color and paint, and then I’m going to increase the size of the brush,
and rotate it maybe a little bit and paint here, and now, maybe I’ll even bring it
down just a little bit and paint another one about there. And this is going to be the snow
brush that we’re going to use. I’m going to go into Edit>Define Brush Preset and
call it Snow, press OK, and now when we paint, we have this which is not really snow. So,
I’m going to fill this layer with White by holding Ctrl Backspace, Command Backspace
on the Mac and maybe adjust the size of the brush, so something like that. I’m going
to Undo and then we can come into Shape Dynamics, increase the Size Jitter all the way up, and
go Jitter all the way and Roundness Jitter about 30%. Now when we paint, we have that
which looks a lot more like snow. I can also click on Scattering and increase the Scattering.
Maybe even a little bit more and that looks a lot more like snow. So what I want to do
now is use this brush to pain in snow in the composition that we’re working with. I want to click on the Cabin Tab and then
I’m going to close the Brush panel. I’m going to create a New Layer and I’m going
to paint it with White
and it’s going to be the snow that’s farthest away from us, and I want to create a New Layer,
increase my Brush Size. This is going to be the snow that’s a little like closer to
us and I’m going to create one more layer and increase by Brush Size and by the way,
I’m increasing my Brush Size by tapping on the right bracket (]) key on my keyboard
and just paint some larger snowflakes and maybe one or two more really big ones. Something
like that. What I want to do now is on the first layer. The one back here, I’m going
to into Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and Angle at 55 seems to be okay but there be to be
pixeled this. This is too much, so I’m going to bring that down to maybe 9 pixels, press
OK. Click on the layer too which is the middle there. Go into Filter>Motion Blur again
and maybe just a little bit more, so I’m going to do one more time Motion Blur, click
on that. And finally this one here, the ones that is closest to us. Click on Filter>Motion
Blur but this time hold Alt, Option on the Mac while clicking on Motion Blur. This going
to bring up the Motion Blur settings, then you can increase the Distance, and press OK.
You may also want to decrease the Opacity in some of this. For example, the middle one
and the one that’s farthest away from us, and maybe even the ones that’s closest to
us, so something like that. At this point, it may need some Contrast,
it may not. In this case, I think I want to add a little bit of Contrast and I want to
add it behind the layers of snow. So, I’m actually going to hold Shift, click on the
top one, click on the bottom one, then press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac and just call
this Falling Snow and right below that, above the Haze Layer, I want to create a Curves
Adjustment Layer and I’m just going to use the Preset called Darker to give it just a
little bit more Contrast. And if that’s not enough for you, click and drag this coin
now just a little bit further, so that’s what I’m going to do. So, we have our Falling
Snow. We have the layer that’s giving us Contrast and we have the Haze Layer. Now that
I look at it, I’m not too happy with the Curves Layer because we lost a lot of that
haze that I really like. And actually like the way the Cabin looks
but I don’t like it to be lost so much haze. So, what I want to do is just bring down the
Opacity, and I want to paint it White on the cabin just with a Regular Brush not our Snow
Brush, and I’m going to press Ctrl I, Command I to invert just to hide all the effects and
just paint it with White on my Cabin here just so the effects applied on the Cabin.
I really want that Cabin to stand out a little bit more, so that’s where the Contrast is
going to be a little bit dark. And I can actually increase the Opacity just a little bit and
if I went over the line here like I did, I can just press X and bring down the size of
my brush by hitting the left bracket ([) key and paint it with Black in areas that I want
to maintain that haze.
Okay. At this point, I’m liking in everything
about my image except the color. The color is not working for me, so that I’m going
to do now is right above this Curves Layer, I’m going to add a solid color. The color
that I’m looking for is a Blue color, a Blue that looks like this, then press OK.
Then I can go into the Blend Mode and switch to Overlay and bring down the Opacity. I just
want to get that cold blue feeling and maybe at about 30% would be a good number. And I’m
actually going to bring the falling snow below that layer. Just like in some of the Blue
on the snowflakes. And this point, you can simply click on the top layer, hold Shift,
click on the bottom one to select all the layers in between, then press Ctrl J, Command
J in the Mac to put that into a group, and you can see the before and the after.
And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you learned something
new. If you have any comments or questions, leave them down below. If you enjoy the tutorial,
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100 Replies to “Summer To Winter – Snow Photoshop Tutorial

  1. Hello,

    I have a short question. Where can I download the CameraRaw Plugin and how do I get the plugin into photoshop.
    PS: I use photoshop cs6

  2. I love watching you work and hearing your explanations. Even if you are doing something I already know how to do, you usually approach the problem in a different way and I learn several new things. Thanks for putting all the effort into these videos.

  3. Very impressive. I love how you made this totally simple.
    Maybe showing the copy layer style via alt shortcut would make this an extra tip to add for next time 🙂

  4. You are brillient! Unfortunately, it's too much for me at one time. I'll have to do it baby steps at a time to make any headway at all, but I'm going to try.Thank you for all your help.

  5. I love the end result, but I think the blue opacity should lower a bit, looks a little too much like you're looking through 3-D glasses. Plus, the snow on the grass in the left corner does not look realistic at all, how can u change that or make it look more real?. Anyways love the result many thanks

  6. Very nice tutorial, I learned a lot. To me, the trees still feel a little green. How can you make the trees a little whiter? Thanks again for making this tutorial!

  7. At exactly 4:22 control, command, and click on any channel to highlight does not work. Please advise.

  8. I have been using Photoshop for 3 years now, I'm still learning new things every time I use it. I was looking for another video when I happened across this video, I have to say this is by far the best video I have ever seen on changing seasons in photos. I am also very happy that you have closed caption available that is very accurate with what you are doing in the video, me being mostly deaf, that is a big help. I never even made it all the way through the video before I was subscribing to your channel. I sincerely hope you keep up with these awesome videos. I have many more to watch to get caught up with all you have posted. Again thanks so much…:D

  9. that was amazing.thank you.but i was confused about shadows of a cabin.its unusual with that dense of snowing

  10. Mr Ramirez, this a just what I was looking for. I'll be all day pulling this tut apart to understand how these various techniques work. Thank you very much indeed.

  11. Help!! When I try to do this, after adding the black and white to an rgb channel, and click on solid color for my new layer mask, everything goes negative. What am I doing wrong?

  12. My painting of the hill doesn't quite turn out like yours and also…I can't reclick on layer mask to apply layers (doesn't give me that option). It never added a layer mask to color fill 2. I'm using photoshop cc…not sure if that makes a difference so I can't do what you're doing. Sucks from that point on…………but your video is awesome

  13. It is great, but there are some small things I would change. Flowers don't bloom in winter (especially geranium), grass should be more yellowish then grey. The snow on the roof does not look natural on the left side because the edge looks the same on top and on the lower end.  It is good but it is possible to improve it.

  14. I've tried four times to follow this and the guy talks too quickly, doesn't explain where half of the panels or slider are and when you do find them, nothing you do looks like what he creates on screen. I grew so frustrated with this video that I abandoned any attempt at it in my project. And thats with 10 years PS experience under my belt.

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