Edit your pictures of snow in Photoshop
01 Process in Camera Raw
Open your start image. Using Camera Raw, move the Exposure slider to +.75 and the Shadow slider to +25. Make sure the Depth is set to 8 Bits/Channel and then click Open.
02 Crop your shot
In Photoshop Elements, select the Crop tool and in the menu bar type in the dimensions of the print: width (16 inches), height (12 inches) and pixels per inch (300). Make a crop that eliminates the lens vignetting and removes the trees on the right-hand side.
03 Clone the snowflakes
Zoom into the tree. The snowflakes in the foreground look like out-of-focus blobs. Select the Clone Stamp from the Tools palette, sample from a similar area and then clone out the offending flakes.
04 Convert to mono
Go to Enhance>ConvertToBlackAndWhite. In the window you’ll see several options, but the Levels adjustment is best for ultimate control. This will help make the snow white, without losing essential detail.
05 Lighten up
Select Enhance>AdjustLighting>Levels. Pull the white slider slightly to the left to make the light grey even whiter, but be careful not to go over the top. Hold down the Ctrl key while moving the slider and the clipping indicator will help you to avoid any clangers.
06 Add an artistic effect
Go to Layer>DuplicateLayer and then Filter>Blur>GaussianBlur and type in 40. Change the Layer Blending Mode to Soft Light. Move the Opacity slider until you like the effect, then go to Layer>FlattenImage.
07 Now for the border
To add a border, first ensure that the background colour is set to black using the icon at the bottom of the Tools palette. Now go to Image>Resize>Canvas. In the window that appears, add .05 inches to the image dimensions. Click OK and a thin black border will appear around your image.
08 Frame your shot
Next it’s time to make your image ‘float’ within a white border to add a professional finish. Simply repeat step 7, but ensure that the background colour is changed to white. Use the ‘X’ key as a shortcut to swap the foreground and background colours.
09 Your autograph, please
To add your signature, write it by hand onto paper and scan then it onto your computer. In Photoshop, make the signature black and white, ensuring there are no midtones, and then Copy and Paste it into your image. Change your signature’s shape by grabbing the corners and reducing its size.
10 The final touch
Place the signature in the bottom-right-hand corner and change the Layer Blending Mode to Multiply to remove the white background. Finally, flatten your image (Layer>FlattenImage) and make any final tweaks to the tones using the Levels window.