This is the photograph we are going to be using for this tutorial!
The Forest by ~theflickerees-stock
1) Begin by creating a black to white Gradient Map and setting it to Luminosity.
This helps brighten the light colours, and deepen the dark colours.
2) Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set Saturation to -50
3) Create a Brightness/Contrast layer and use the following settings:
4) Create a Selective Colour layer and use the following settings:
Reds: -100 | 0 | 0 | 0
Yellows: +100 | +100 | -100 | +100
Greens: +100 | +100 | +100 | 0
Whites: 0 | 0 | +18 | +50
Neutrals: +41 | 0 | -12 | 0
Blacks: 0 | 0 | 0 | +3
You may need to edit these settings depending on your photograph, but what you’re looking to create is a very blue, winter-like photograph. Don’t worry too much if there are little bits of colour which won’t change, or if it looks too blue, we’ll be fixing the saturation later.
5) Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set Saturation to: +10
6) Create a Photo Filter and use: Cooling Filter (80)
Set it to 50% Density
Now set the layer to Lighten
7) Finally create a Hue/Saturation and set Saturation to: -40
This helps tone down the blue colours and create a cold, winter atmosphere.