I would first like to say that I am a photographer first and foremost not a retoucher or photoshop guru. However, I live in Northern VA where it is cold enough to snow but we rarely get any snow and when we do manage to see snow flakes, the roads are often not safe to drive on, so its difficult to have natural snow images. Because of the magic of photoshop, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! I have CS6, but my assumption is that the directions will be the same for the older versions, the screen just may not look the same,
Directions are as follows:
1. Open a photo that you want covered in snow. I would suggest editing the image using your normal routine and once finished use that final portrait as your base.
2. Choose the eye dropper tool from the toolbar and click on the green. I chose one of the leaves that were medium green.
3. Go to Select —> Color Range and set the fizziness to 135, choose sampled colors from the select box and White Matte from the Selection Preview and click OK.
4. You will see the matching ants on the screen, and create a new layer call it snow, go to Edit—> Fill, and choose White for Contents and deselect (Command D on the MAC) to get rid of the marching ants then add a masking layer.
5. You should see “snow” and start masking out the areas you do not want
6. Cool down your image using your favorite method. (This is where your artistry comes in) And then head on over to www.deviantart.com and download THIS overlay. They have more, so you can look around and see which one fits your mood. Open the snow image and drag it on top of your photo and set the blending mode to Screen. And this is what you will see (after setting it to screen mode)
7. Add a masking layer in case you don’t like where the snow is and have fun!
Have fun walking in your Winter Wonderland! If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.