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Making Snow

By Wendy Williams  ·  May 10th, 2006

Well there are quite a few ways of making snow and here is just one of them:

1. Create a new image and make it 2000 pixels by 1500 pixels, resolution 300, RGB, White.

2. Now change your background colour to a mid blue. The one I used is 25389f.

3. Create a new layer above your background, fill it with white and call the layer “Snow”. Filter>Noise>Add Noise 400, Gaussian, Monochromatic.

4. Then Filter>Artistic>Cut out and set it to 4,4,2 (You probably have never used this one before).

Snow A

5. Now do Enhance>Adjust lighting>Levels and pull all the sliders together in the middle like this.

Snow B

6. Next do Filter>Adjustments>Invert and it will start to look a little like snow.

Snow C

7. Now get the zoom tool and zoom in very close, get the magic wand, make sure contiguous it NOT ticked and click on a black spot.

8. Then do Select>Feather 1 pixel, Edit>Delete then deselect. It should now be looking more like snow.

Snow D

9. Next it needs a little blur so do Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur use about 7.

10. Duplicate this layer, call it “Plain snow” then switch off its eyeball.

11. Go back to the “Snow” layer. Filter>Blur>Motion Blur  and use an angle of about  -50 and a distance of 28. That should give you a snow flurry effect like this

Snow E

You can now drag this “Snow” layer or the “Plain snow” layer over your photographs to give you instant snow.

Snow F

Snow G

You can vary the effect by using the eraser with a soft brush, at a reduced opacity, to give a better effect (or use a mask to do a similar thing). Try using the move tool to stretch it out. Why not blur it some more or reduce the opacity.

Just experiment … and enjoy :)


2 Replies to Making Snow:

  1. Marilyn

    November 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I’m having trouble creating the snow. I followed the directions (several times) and my snow is not sharp. I would like it to be like drawn pencil lines instead of “fuzzy” snow. I also have tried erasing and lowering the opacity. What am I doing wrong?

  2. Jennie

    November 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    My snow has a gray tint around the flakes? Why? They are not white?

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