How to create a very impressive winter breath in Photoshop

04/06/2024 64

A photo with a character breathing smoke has the perfect winter vibe. The faint mist of smoke gently lingered in front of him, making the person in the photo seem colder. Now there is no need to wait for winter to come, even in the warm summer you can create a winter atmosphere in Photoshop. Join SaDesign to discover how to do it right below.

How to create a very impressive winter breath in Photoshop

A photo with a character breathing smoke has the perfect winter vibe. The faint mist of smoke gently lingered in front of him, making the person in the photo seem colder. Now there is no need to wait for winter to come, even in the warm summer you can create a winter atmosphere in Photoshop. Join SaDesign to discover how to do it right below.

create a very impressive winter breath in Photoshop

Steps to create winter breath in Photoshop 

Step 1: First, let's open the photo we want to create a winter in Photoshop. 

On the menu bar, click File => Open => select the appropriate image and then click Open. 

Here I want to create a winter breath for the player Esport Faker.

create a winter breath for the player Esport Faker.

Step 2: On the toolbar, set Foreground and Background to black and white. Select Create a new layer (open page icon) at the bottom of the layers panel to create a new layer.

set Foreground and Background to black and white

Select Filter => Render => Clouds. 

Select Filter => Render => Clouds.

We have the result like this.

We have the result like this.

On the toolbar, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool to cut out a part of the cloud, so that it is equal to the object's face or slightly smaller. Then press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection. Delete the original cloud.

cut out a part of the cloud

Step 3: Change Layer Mode of the cloud to Screen. 

Change Layer Mode of the cloud to Screen.

On the menu bar, select Image => Adjustments => Brightness/Contrast. Set Brightness: -60 and Contrast: 100.

 Set Brightness: -60 and Contrast: 100.

Press Ctrl+T to use the Transform tool to zoom in and place the cloud over the subject's mouth in the area where you want the smoky breath. Adjust the breathing position until you are most satisfied.

zoom in and place the cloud over the subject's mouth in the area

Step 4: At the bottom corner of the layers panel, select Add a mask to add a Layer Mask to the cloud layer. On the toolbar select a soft round Brush, set the color to black, then paint over the edges of the cloud. Use a brush to paint unnecessary areas to shape the clouds to create the initial cold breath shape.

select Add a mask to add a Layer Mask to the cloud layer

Step 5: Download an image of thin smoke with a black background to your device, then open it on your canvas.

Download an image of thin smoke with a black background to your device

Double click on the layer containing the uploaded smoke image to open the Layer Style. Go down to Blend If and then adjust the Current Layer transitions so that it looks as smoke-like as possible. This will help to remove somewhat the black background from the smoke.

Double click on the layer containing the uploaded smoke image

Step 6: Add an Inner Glow effect to this smoke layer by setting the parameters in the image below. You can also customize your photo to suit your needs. This will help hide some of the remaining black background.

Add an Inner Glow effect to this smoke layer

Step 7: Set this smoke layer to Overlay and then add a Layer Mask. Use a soft round Brush to black, then paint over to remove unnecessary excess and blend the smoke into the breath.

Set this smoke layer to Overlay and then add a Layer Mask

Step 8: Duplicate this layer then transform the smoke layer to add more breathing effects. Try moving the layer to different positions with different sizes to see the most natural blending. 

Reduce the Opacity to make the effect more subtle.

add more breathing effects

So we have finished creating the winter breath in Photoshop, the subject seems to exhale the whole winter. With a few adjustments, you can also use this feature to create smoke as well as other slightly foggy effects that are great for close-up portraits. 

Above is a collection of extremely simple steps to create a winter breath in Photoshop. The first few times you do it, the results may not be smooth but don't give up, do it many times to get the best quality photo. Hopefully the above shares from SaDesign can help you edit your photos.

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