How To Create the Frosted Pixels Effect in Photoshop

There are a number of different effect Photoshop techniques which can be applied to photos to make them look interesting and unique. Frosted pixel effects are some of the most popular effects to apply to images. With the frosted pixels effect, Photoshop will create a slight blurred effect to the image.

Although you won't want to apply this to every single photo that you take, it will be a very useful feature to learn how to master and apply to certain photographs.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Photoshop
  • Photo

Step 1: Open the Image

If you don't already have a suitable image to practice your skills on, then you can find one on a stock photo website; many of these have free samples which can be used for practice. Once you have your photo, open it in Photoshop by selecting File, Open and clicking on your file. Once the image has been opened, you should see the layers palette which consists of a single background layer. If you don't already see the layers palette, then you can press F7 to open it.

Step 2: Touch Ups

If there are any problems with the photograph, then you will need to first touch these up before doing anything else. Touching up images in Photoshop is very easy. Concentrate on removing redeyes, scratches and any other problems with the photos. Once you have managed to improve the image, you can then carry on applying the Photoshop frosted pixel effect.

Step 3: Duplicate the Layer

Photoshop organizes your image in layers. When you first open a picture, it will have a single background layer. You now need to duplicate the layer by pressing CTRL + J together. You can also click Layers, Duplicate layers if you prefer. This will create another layer which will be on top of all the others. The layers can be renamed something more memorable so that editing is much easier. Once the layer has been created, change the blending mode to Overlay.

Step 4: Apply Filters

When you have set the layers up correctly, it's now time to apply the Mosaic filter. This will make the top layer of your image look like a tiled Mosaic which will slightly blur the image. To apply the Mosaic filter, click on Filter, Pixelate, Mosaic.

This will pop up another dialog box where settings can be adjusted; it's possible to change the size of the pixels. The larger the pixels, the more noticeable the effect will be. Experiment with the size of the pixels so that you can get the best results. Remember, if you want to undo anything, then you can press CTRL + Z.

Step 5: Duplicate the Layer

Now you need to duplicate the top layer a second time; to do this press CTRL + J. The layer can be renamed to something more memorable if you wish. The blending mode should now be changed to Multiply mode.

Step 6: Finish the Image

Now you've finished all of the hard work and should have the desired effect. If you intend on sharing this photo on the Internet, then you must flatten the layers down. Merge all of the layers down so that you can save the finished image as a JPEG or other format.

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