What You'll Be Creating
In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create an icy fish photo manipulation. You will learn how to create an icy landscape using several stock images, freeze a fish using some ice textures, paint snowy bubbles, make icy fins, and more.
1. How to Build the Base Landscape
Create a new 2000 x 1333 px document in Photoshop with the given settings:
Open the winter landscape image. Drag this image into the white canvas using the Move Tool (V).
You can see that there are unwanted hard edges on the top left of the sky. To fix it, on the landscape layer, use the Lasso Tool (L) to make a selection on the top right and set the Feather Radius for it to 30:
Press Control-J to duplicate this selected part into a new layer and move it to the left to cover the indicated detail. Flip it horizontally by choosing Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and increase the lightness and contrast of the landscape. On this layer mask, activate the Brush Tool (B) with a soft round one and black color. Use this brush to paint around the middle so it won't be affected by this adjustment layer.
Place the ice 1 image over the main canvas using the Move Tool.
Click the second icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask to this layer. Use a soft black brush to remove most of the sky and the background, leaving the midground and foreground visible only.