Adding a Cold and Gloomy Background in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke adds the appropriate ambiance to his White Walker project, in the form of a cold and gloomy background.

If you recall, here’s where we left off the project last week:

White walker project after adding lifeless pupils

This week’s background starts with the good old Clouds filter in Photoshop, which creates the decidedly un-fluffy atmospheric conditions for our ice-zombie-guy-thing:

Layer of nothing but Clouds filter in Photoshop

To make sure we don’t confuse this place with King’s Landing on an overcast day, Deke colorizes his background with blue and adds some motion blur.

Clouds effect with a blue overlay and some motion blur

The bulk of this project consist of masking our villain into his new context, using some channel selections, Levels, and even a bit of Magic Wand (seems appropriate):

Walker masked against his new background

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, then Deke’s got an exclusive follow up movie this week in which he creates the cold and crunchy ice-snow that you see at the top of the post, which looks nothing like the happy flakes he created for Episode 764:

The happy snowflake effect from last year’s episode 764

Deke’s Techniques, creating snow (and other atmospheric effects) to suit your (television) season.

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