Photo Manipulation Using Ice Texture, Moon and Human Face in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I used to create this interesting photo manipulation using Ice Texture, Planet and Human Face in Photoshop. Plus we will be using a number fractal stock and apply some custom brush painting effect. Have a try!

This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, masks are required.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6 or above.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

ice-texture-human-face-psdvault-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Model

Ground by CAStock

Moon by AshenSorrow

Ice by Stock7000

Ice Fractal by Krynnstock

Crack Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 788px with black background. Load the ground stock image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1-sel

Copy and paste your selection to our document, place it at the bottom and use the free transform tool to adjust its size until it fits our canvas. Use a soft eraser to fade the top edge of the ground as shown below:

1-erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the ground layer:

Black & White

1-bw

Levels

1-lvs

Use a cloud brush or the cloud filter, add some cloud/smoke effect around the ground:

1-cloud

Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop and make a selection of the head/face area:

2-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and flip it horizontally, re-size and place it above the ground as shown below:

2-paste

Use the crack brush as eraser to add some cracks around the face:

2-erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping mask to this face layer:

Black & White

2-bw

Levels

2-lvs

Layer mask on the above levels adjustment layer:

2-lvs-mask

And this is the effect so far:

2-effect

Step 3

Load the moon stock image into Photoshop and select the moon:

3-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and place it at the rear of the head:

3-paste

Use a soft eraser to fade the edge of the moon and apply some cracks on it:

3-fade

Apply the following levels adjustment to the moon layer:

3-lvs

Add some cloud just above the moon as shown below:

3-cloud

Step 4

Load the ice stock image into Photoshop and select a portion as shown below:

4-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size and place it over the head area as shown below:

4-attach

Change the blend mode to “Hard Light” for this new ice layer:

4-hard-light

Repeat the above process, add more ice texture around the canvas as shown below:

4-more

We can also apply some ice texture over the ground using the same method above:

5-ice-on-ground

Step 5

We can add some ice particles around the face area. To do this, simply go to the ice stock image and make a new layer:

5-new-layer

On the new layer, use any particle brush to paint some particles, and make a selection of the particles:

5-brush

Go back to the background layer and copy the selection:

5-bg

Paste the selection to our document, scatter the particles around the canvas:

5-paste

Step 6

Load one of the ice fractal stock into Photoshop and select it:

6-fra

Copy and paste the selection to our document, eraser parts of the fractal that you don’t want, attach it to the facial area and above the ground:

6-attach

Use the following ice fractal image:

6-fra-2

Add apply it to the head area as shown below:

6-attach-2

Add some subtle cloud/smoke effect around the canvas as shown below:

6-cloud

I further added a couple of colour balance adjustment layers to add some cool colours to the artwork, and this is my final result:

ice-texture-human-face-psdvault-flatten

Please feel free to experiment your own colour scheme, and see what results they bring you.

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • Hi James your content and tutorial bashed photos are really good. You’re proven man as you have too much capability. Actually photo manipulation is very hare type of work. But you has done this job very carefully. Here are you has maintained color balance and adjustment layers. Well done man. You will happy to hear I’m also graphic designer and online marketer. When I have a free time I’d worked various kind of graphic work like, Photo manipulation, removing the background, Raster to Vector and etc. So thanks again James.

  • You have described everything very clearly here Every step is important and output is really awesome.

  • Excellent idea and very creative illustration.Thanks for sharing this fantastic tutorial.