Ice Effects in Photoshop CS3

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Ice Effects in Photoshop CS3
Add icelike effects to your images in Photoshop CS3. (Ice image by Eagle from

Whether you're trying to design a landscape of an Alaskan glacier or adding cold cubes to a cocktail glass, Photoshop CS3 can help you create ice effects. Photoshop, part of the Adobe Creative Suite, is a graphics software program complete with a large collection of tools, colours and filters, all of which may be used to create ice. With just a few quick clicks through Photoshop's features, you'll be giving all your images the cold shoulder.

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Ice Cubes

Photoshop may be designed to enhance photos, but it is also a huge resource for drawing. Photoshop offers design tools such as the "Pencil" and "Paintbrush" (including a large collection of brush heads), which can be used to draw ice cubes. Photoshop operates with transparency, which means you can draw see-through cubes; opaque white cubes don't look as realistic. Of course, you can also use Photoshop's "Lasso" tool to select ice cubes from another image, copy them, then paste them into another picture using the "Layers" palette. This way, if you've got ice cubes from an established shot, you can add them into another picture without having to re-create the wheel (or cube).


One of the "Paintbrush" tool's brush heads is a scattershot brush, available in a few sizes. Sometimes used for airbrushing or to make images look spray-painted, the scattershot brush may also be used to frost items such as a car's window or sidewalk. When you choose the "Paintbrush" tool, the brush menu opens at the top of the screen. A "Wet Edges" check box is available; you'll check this so the frost lines appear semi-transparent, as if you're seeing through the ice to the object below it. Once you choose a scattershot brush, you can select a colour from the "Color Picker," such as white for new frost or grey for sludgy frost.


If you want your magazine advertisement headline to scream "cold," Photoshop can help you transform your text to look as if it is dripping icicles. Although there are fonts available you can download that look like ice, there's no need to add to your computer's font collection when you can take any font already installed and change it. Add text to your image using Photoshop's "Text" tool and toolbar. After typing the text, click the "Smudge" tool, which is on the "Tools" palette and looks like a pointing finger. Run your cursor over the bottom edges of the text letters, which start to look like dripping ice. You can also use the "Paintbrush" tool at a very small brush head size and add white or light blue ice crystals to the letters, pixel by pixel.

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