Create a frosted, ice-cold effect that’s straight out of a vodka ad.

The arctic freshness of this image is familiar enough from countless drink and toothpaste commercials – and in this tutorial, Photoshop master Fabio Sasso shows you how to reliably fake the effect from the warmth of your studio.

Sasso is a master at making miniscule tweaks to layer styles, and in this tutorial you’ll give the entire Layer Styles palette a good workout to create amazing effects, such as the apparently 3D water droplets that stud the outside of the bottle.

You’ll also develop your own custom brushes and make use of an amazing free smoke brush – both of which will stand you in good stead with your future Photoshop projects.

Step 1
First, set the background colour: in a new Photoshop document, create a fill of a solid jade green (I used #90aea7) or a chilly mid-blue. Then add a new layer and select Filter > Render > Clouds, ensuring you have black and white as the background and foreground colours respectively. Then select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, setting the radius to 180 pixels, and change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 2
Now let’s make the background lighter. With the cloudy layer selected, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. Set the white input levels to 165 – this will increase the white areas of the image, creating a good background effect that’s highly versatile for a range of projects, and a great alternative to more conventional linear or radial gradients.

Step 3
Next, we need to create the icy floor the bottle sits on. Add a new layer and fill it with white. Then go to Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint, setting the type to Medium Dots. Then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the distance to 80 pixels and the angle to 0º. You might need to resize the layer a little bit after the Motion Blur filter, as the edges won’t be uniform and the same as in the middle of the layer.