Adding falling snow to images (using Photoshop)
Is a well-known technique
However, it’s just a starting point
If ultimately we want the snow to move
With & Without Snow
5-minutes from the front door
Part 1 – Adding snow to a single (still) image
This post will show how to add falling snow to a still image
Using Photoshop (or any program with similar layer features)
Tomorrow’s post, Part 2, will expand on this
To create animated snowfall images
Google “Photoshop Snow Effects” to find a gazillion tutorials.
They’re not complicated but many entail 10 or more steps
It’s difficult to initially wrap your brain around the answer to –
Where are all of these steps going??
Here, in a nutshell, is the approach common to any of these tutorials you may stumble upon –
- Embed noise in a black layer
- Fine tune the noise to look like random white spots
- Adjust the white spots to look like snow (blurry streaks)
- Use PS’s Screen blend mode to add this effect to your image
- This tutorial uses 14 steps
- The extra steps beyond my basic four
- Do the fine tuning & adjustments
The following screen captures illustrate the basic process.
Follow the previous tutorial link to more details.
Click any image for a full screen slide show
You won’t be able to see without doing this – sorry
Of course, you’d be wise to save that snow layer
It can be reused over & over
Without redoing the numerous steps to recreate it
With & Without Snow
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
Don’t ever expect to see this SNP scene in person
They close the drive when there’s even a hint of snow/ice
I got this as a National Park Service volunteer photographer
The park wanted photos & gave me a chauffeur
(The district ranger in a 4 WD)
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