Snow Dreams

“And now we welcome the New Year
full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

One of the reasons I enjoy composite-making is the ability to create “things that have never been” – or never will be, except in my imagination.

And so today I bring you a winter addition to my “Window Dreams” series  – all frosty and snow-covered.

What window will you step through in the New Year? Wishing you and yours a 2014 filled with creativity and joy.


Texture Tuesday ProcessingLayers-Palette

  • Separate the window image from its background, using a mask. Add the window image to the composite, applying the mask, so that you are left with just the window frame.
  • Mask the bottom of the window so that it appears to be nestled into the snow, using a combination of soft and hard-edged brushes.
  • Process the Pioneer Woman Photography Cooler Action twice, clipping these layers to the window layer – this tones the window to better fit in with the snow scene.
  • Add a surreal painting effect to the composite:
    • Duplicate the composite image and flatten into a single combined layer
    • Make two copies of the combined image layer (CTRL-J)
    • Convert both copied layers to smart objects
    • On the first copied layer, process the Median filter (Filter>Noise>Median) twice, setting the Radius to 25 pixels each time
    • On the top copied layer, process the High Pass filter (Filter>Other>High Pass), setting the Radius to 7 pixels
    • Combine the two new layers into a group and name it Surreal Painting
    • Drag this group to the original image, holding the Shift key to align the painted image
    • Set the opacity of the group to 65%
  • Add the Storm texture, blend mode = Hard Light and opacity =60%
  • Add an overall layers adjustment, pulling in the darks to add a bit more contrast

Below are the original images that were used to create this composite:


Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen


Posted on December 31, 2013, in Photoshop and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Wow, that is amazing, Brenda, and the perfect image and quote for this day. I’m intrigued by your window series and look forward to seeing where you take your photography in 2014.

  2. Oh my goodness …. so beautiful!! Your words are just heavenly and make me want to make some art like this. I love snow, and windows. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  3. so creative Brenda…. lovely work……

    all the best in 2014…. thank you for sharing your art with TT.

    x, Kim

  4. Gosh, that is so cool! Thanks for the instructions – I’ll need to give this a try!

    Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year, great use of Kim’s lovely texture!

  6. I’m fond of the “Window Dreams” series. This is a great addition to it. As always, perfect quote for image. I look forward to the windows I plan to go through and those that yet unknown. 🙂

  7. I am up here in a winter wonderland/Chicago….you would love some of the ice and snow scenes we are surrounded by…but nothing like this. Absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Artistry, pure and (not so) simple. As usual, you give the gift of inspiration and technique with your posts.

  9. What a beautiful…fun…creative fantasy!! Wishing you and yours all the best in this up and coming new year!!

  10. So beautiful. Almost looks like an illusion. Beautiful quote too. Happy new year to you. Looking forward to seeing where 2014 takes you and your gorgeous photography. 🙂

  11. Happy 2014 Brenda. Way cool composite. I learned how to do this in my digital imaging class, but haven’t done much of it myself. I’m more inclined to do layers on top of layers to create what “never has been”.
    I like the monochromatic feel of the blues of winter. A window on winter and the way this window is sort of plunked down. One would have to kneel in the snow to truly see thru it. Makes me wonder if you’d see something different (like a blue sky) if you did.
    Thank you for sharing the step you took too.

  12. Beautifully done, Brenda! The finished image is truly a wonderful composite with its wintry tones. 2014 is now here — wishing you a healthy and creative year!

  13. Whites are so difficult to photograph well, but you have done that so beautifully here, Brenda.
    Love this!

  14. It’s magical! I want to be there right on the other side of the window playing in the snow!

  15. This is gorgeous, and I love Rilke beyond measure. A perfect fit.

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