To create the frozen text is simple. First type in your text – to keep it simple I used ‘ICE’ – then add another layer and start painting with the Ice brush we created in step 9. The important thing here is to make sure that the edges are not too uniform, you can even use the Eraser Tool (E) with the Ice brush to erase some areas. Next, use the Layer Style menu to create a shadow (Layer > Layer Styles > Drop Shadow). Set the angle to 90º, the opacity to 30%, the distance to 1 pixel and the size to 1 pixel. Finally, go to Edit > Transform > Warp – you can select a predefined setting or create one – and use it to make the text follow the bottle’s cylindrical shape. Make the height bigger in the centre of the text and shorter in the areas close to the edge of the bottle.
Go to tinyurl.com/2madgw and download the free brush set; once you’ve installed and activated the smoke brush, create a new layer beneath the bottle layer, and paint some small wisps of smoke around the bottle, as shown here.
Group all the layers involved in the bottle (not the floor or background layers) and duplicate the group. Go to Layer > Merge Group and then Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, specifying a radius of 30 pixels. Change the blending mode to Screen and the opacity to 70%. Select the Eraser tool (E) and delete some areas. You’re trying to fake the effect of being in a cold environment. Keep adding details to the composition, such as some clouds in the background and a reflection on the floor.
Who: Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fabio Sasso is a graphic and web designer. As well as running a small webdesign studio, Zee, as well as a creative arts blog, Abduzeedo, which he uses for tutorials, experiments, and articles about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other creative applications.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 1-2 hours