Adding Falling Snow, Part 1 – Still Images

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 –

  1. Embed noise in a black layer
  2. Fine tune the noise to look like random white spots
  3. Adjust the white spots to look like snow (blurry streaks)
  4. Use PS’s Screen blend mode to add this effect to your image
  5. 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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