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Here's a step-by-step of how I made my Snowy Stable image using Photoshop Elements :
The original image was posted as a challenge here, so that's my starting image.
I also wanted to pull down the saturation and brightness of the overall image, so I created a Hue/Saturation adjustment and pulled the saturation slider way down to the left. I also adjusted the Lightness, also pulling it to the left.
I created a new layer, reset my foreground and background colors by pressing
Next, the trees and sky had to go. The sky didn't have much drama, and the trees seemed to distract a bit from the central focus - the stable. Isolating these things was pretty simply with the selection tools in PSE6 - just choose your favorite, and make the selection.
I turned the Clouds layer back on with my selection still active, and clicked it to make it the active layer. I needed a mask to cover the sky area but reveal the stable, so I ran the Layer Mask-Reveal Selection action from Handy Actions. This instantly created my mask, revealing the clouds and hiding the areas I didn't want them to cover up:
The clouds look a little - - not right - - though. They have no perspective, and just seem to be plopped down on top (which they were, after all...). I want to give them perspective, but not mess up my mask. Easy - simply turn off the link between the mask and the layer it's masking. This allows you to Transform the clouds layer without affecting the mask, so what's hidden and revealed stays hidden and revealed while you distort the layer contents - cool!
I added another solid color adjustment layer to the top of my stack to give an overall bluish tint to the image.
Nowfor some snow on the ground. It's another simple technique. Choose the Magic Wand, make sure the "Add to selection" option is on in the toolbar at the top, reduce the tolerance to 20 ~ 25 or so, and make sure "contiguous" is ticked on. Now click a few places in the grass to make a rough selection. You don't want to select all of the grass, just some areas where snow would have accumulated.
Create a new layer with this selection still active, and fill with White (Edit-Fill, or if your background color is still set at White, press [Alt]+[Backspace]). Blur it slightly with Gaussian Blur (Filters-Blur-Gaussian Blur) at a setting of about 1.
There's your snow cover:
Finally, for the falling snow. I simply ran the "Snow" action, from FunFotoFX and it was done for me!
As a final step, I used the "Line Frame" action from my Portrait Lab action pack for Elements, and the image was complete: