Creating Realistic Snow in Photoshop CS5

Posted on December 12th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Realistic Snow in Photoshop. In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to create Realistic Snow effect in Photoshop CS5. Ever wanted to give your photo that beautiful winter feel? Now you can! Not only are you going to give your photo an exciting icy look, but in this Snow effect tutorial you are also going to create a miniature snow fall itself. All of this and we are only working with the good old Adjustment layers, Blend modes and Filters.

1. Open whatever image you would like to work on in Photoshop. This is the image we will be using for the Snow effect tutorial in Photoshop:

2. Duplicate the background layer.

3. Change its Blend Mode from Normal to Screen. Change the Opacity to 33%.

4. Create a new layer.

5. Select Lasso Tool and select the cloudy part in the image as shown:

6. Fill in this selection with 60% gray color.

7. Deselect the selection. (CTRL+D)

As you can see, we have darkened up the clouds a bit. This is because when we create our snow effect, we don’t want the cloudy part to go excessively white which will otherwise spoil the whole realistic snow effect that we want to get.

Further, to blend the new dark clouds with the rest of the image, follow the procedure below:

8. Set the Foreground and Background color to Black and White, respectively.

9. Now add a layer mask to your image.

10. Select the Gradient tool and modify its settings as shown in the image below:

11. Apply the gradient tool on your layer mask to get rid of any gray patches which are not part of the cloud.

Now we are properly going to start to give our image the snow effect.

12. Create a new Adjustment layer and choose Black & White. Then make the following changes:

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13. Change the layers Blend Mode from Normal to Screen.

14. Create a new Adjustment layer and choose Hue/Saturation. Then make the following changes:

15. Create a new layer. Name this layer as Snow.

16. Fill this layer with 60% gray color.

17. Go to: Filter > Noise > Add Noise

Make changes as shown below:

18. Go to: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur

Make changes as shown below:

19. Change the Snow layers Blend Mode from Normal to Overlay.

20. Double click the Snow layers thumbnail to open Layer Style.

21. In the Blending Options: Custom, find Blend if and move the little arrows as shown in the image below:

22. To break the little black arrow into two, press ALT and then click on it.

By doing this, we have blended our Snow layer with the rest of the image. Also notice, that we have reduced the apparent amount of snow.

That’s it, babe.

Final Picture:


7 Responses

  1. Posted on: 12-13-2012

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  2. Posted on: 12-20-2012

    Nice technique for creating snow effect!

  3. Posted on: 4-9-2013

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