Create “Queen of Ice” Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process I used to create a “Queen of Ice” Photo Manipulation. We will manipulate several ice textures to achieve this effect, as well as using a number of layer blending options and image adjustment layers along the way.


This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be challenging.

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.

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


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OK Let’s get started!

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



Ice Texture Pack

Step 1

Create a new document sized 700px * 1020px. Un-zip the Ice Texture Pack and load the following pick texture into Photoshop, select a portion of it as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document:

1 paste

Apply the following black and white adjustment to this texture:

1 bw

and we will have the following background effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Load the model image into Photoshop and select the upper body. Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and position it to the centre of the canvas:

2 paste

Add the following adjustment layer as clipping mask to this model layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will starting adding some ice around the model. Load the iceberg image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, reduce its size and rotate it as shown below. Make sure it covers the model’s legs:

3 paste

Set this ice texture layer as clipping mask to the model layer, and apply the following image adjustments to it:

Black and white

3 bw


3 lvs

Use a small eraser to remove the top edge of the ice texture and make it blend into the rest of the model, as shown below:

3 erase

Step 4

We will add another ice piece down the bottom of the model. Go back to the ice image and copy another piece of the ice over our document, reduce its size and flip it vertically, add it to the bottom of the model:

4 place

Add the following adjustment layers to this ice texture layer:

Black and White

4 bw


4 lvs

and here is the effect you will have:

4 effect

Step 5

We will add some smaller ice particles flying around the model. To do this, we will:

  1. Go back to the ice stock image and select small parts from it
  2. Copy and paste the selection to our document. Use the free transform tool to rotate, re-size them
  3. Use black and white adjustment to remove their colour
  4. Scatter the ice pieces around the canvas

5 flying

5 flying 3

5 flying 2

Step 6

We will add more variety of ice into our design. Load the following ice texture from ice texture pack, select a small portion of it as shown below:

6 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and place it to following position:

6 paste

Apply the following levels adjustment to this layer:

6 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

6 effect

Step 7

Let’s go back the ice stock used in Step 6 and use the polygon selection tool to select a piece from it:

7 poly

Copy and paste the selection to our document, apply the following levels adjustment:

7 lvs

Place this new ice layer as shown below: (make sure you put this layer below the model layer)

7 paste

Add two more ice shapes as shown below:

7 more

Optionally, use a particle brush to paint some particles around the ice shapes:

7 particles

Repeat the above process, add some ice shapes on the opposite side as well:

7 dup

and here is the overall effect so far:

7 effect

Step 8

For final touch-ups, I added some hair on the left with some brush painting and Pen Tool. You can check out this video tutorials here on how to paint hair in Photoshop:

8 hair

I also add some some lighting effect on the arms, this can be done with a soft white brush and the warp tool:

8 lighting

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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