How To Make Snow In Photoshop In 7 Minutes

How To Make Snow In Photoshop In 7 Minutes

So, you’ve got your 3D render or photo in front of you on your screen, and you want to add a cool snow effect. A while ago, while I was working on Mood Master for DAZ Studio, I played around in Photoshop and found a super cool way of creating snow in just a few minutes. Here’s how you do it:


1. Load your image into Photoshop (or any 2D editing software with layers). In this case I’m simply using a DAZ Studio render without any touch up.


2. Create a new layer with black color or transparent layer and fill it with black color (paint bucket). Now, go to Filter -> Noise  -> Add Noise and choose Amount 400%, Gaussian and Monochromatic.


3. Next, we want to change the appearance of the noise, so it looks more “splotchy”. That is easily done by blurring it slightly with the Gaussian Filter. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian and choose around 2 pixels to just add a little larger pattern.


4. From here, we want to break the pattern, and create small “islands”. Go to Image -> Adjust -> Brightness / Contrast. Increase Contrast, while decreasing Brightness until you reach a desired level that covers enough of your image, while leaving black between the snow-flakes.


5. Change layer blending mode to Screen to turn black into transparent. This looks almost like snow, but we need to soften the effect slightly.


6. Add a little gaussian blur to the snow layer, around 0.5-2 is fine, depending on the snow-flakes size. Adjust opacity of the snow layer to make it blend better with the image, and also create a semi-transparent effect.


7. Next, add two additional snow layers, one with smaller pattern and sharper snow effect, and one with larger pattern and even softer effect.Simply repeat the above steps to reach the desired effect. The softer the effect, the lower the opacity level, just to make it blend naturally (You can also try vice-versa). This creates a nice depth effect, since the smaller snow-flakes are perceived as distant ones, while the larger and softer ones are perceived as close to the camera.


8. And finally, make sure you have black / white colors chosen and go to: Filter -> Render -> Clouds. Change blending mode to Screen and lower opacity to just add a little haze and fog to the overall snow effect.

That’s it! You can play with this as much as you like, add more layers, and make it as heavy as you want.

Have fun in Photoshop!

– Val Cameron

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Happily sharing how to create great 3D & 2D art in DAZ Studio, Lightwave and Photoshop, Val Cameron, CEO and founder of Dreamlight, has been coaching and mentoring hundreds of thousands of artists since 2005. Bestselling DAZ 3D vendor with over 230+ video tutorials, plug ins and light sets.

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