Siberian Winter

 
Siberian Winter - 1
Tips about how I made the Siberian Winter wallpaper (view wallpaper).

This is a short tutorial about how to bring some night and mystery into your bright sunny photo. Here is the photo I took in the forest near my home. IMPORTANT NOTE - all steps below are true only for this very photo! This tutorial is only to describe general approach. Trust your eyes when applying effects.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 1

Use Sharpen effect several times, until the snow starts to glow.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 2

Create new layer, fill with color (in this case, blue).
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 3

Set layer blend mode to Overlay
  
and opacity to 50%.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 4

Duplicate this layer, so that color overlay is more vivid.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 5

If you want to make image a bit brighter, duplicate layer again, set its blend mode to Screen, and opacity to 30%.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 6

Now we want to add some light sparks. For that, we need a custom brush. Create new (square) document, select Shape tool, choose Polygon, set Side to 4, and in Polygon options, set indent to 93 and check Star checkbox.
 
Siberian Winter - making of  - Step 7
 
   


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