Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Learn how to create realistic snow falling on a calm winter photo. In this tutorial you will learn how to make snow from scratch. (No clouds or freezing temperatures needed)

First off you will need to pick out a photo with some winter scenery. Here is the one I will be using.

Next you need to create a new layer on top of the background and fill it in with black.

Now go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Move the amount slider around 150% and make sure Gaussian and Monochromatic are selected. You want to make sure there is a lot of noise.

Lets make the snowflakes bigger by adding blur to the noise. Go to Filter > Blur > Blur More.

Next we need to adjust the contrast by changing the levels. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. We need to move the slider over to the right side of the curve. This will make the contrast really dark and crisp.

Now just change the Blending mode to Screen and you will see snow. That’s not the end it still looks a little flat but this gives you a good idea what it is going to look like.

To make the snow look like it is falling we need to blur the snow. Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the angle to -65 degrees and set the strength between 6 and 8 pixels whichever you prefer.

Next we need to duplicate our snow layer and flip it. Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180. This will be the base layer for some bigger snowflakes.

Go to Filter > Pixilate > Crystallize. Set the Cell Size to 10 then hit OK. That looks a little to fake still.

Apply the Motion Blur Filter again but to this layer. Keep the angle at -65 degrees but change the distance to 16 pixels.

Now merge your two snow layers by hitting (CTRL+E) and the Duplicate the new layer. Set the opacity to 35%.

That is how you add realistic snow to any Holiday photo. Now you can add some text for a cool desktop wallpaper. I hope you like your end result. Come back and see more at PhotoshopDigest.com.


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