Sunday, January 2, 2011

Snow Days

You live in a warm to moderate climate, i.e. Florida. Not much chance of snow. Okay, maybe , once in 10 years if you live in NW Florida. But you realize you have all those cool winter, snowy kits that you really want to make use of.

What we are going to do here is add snow to a photo. Now granted I am not the best at making snow, though I will give it a try. Start by adding a new layer and painting in the areas that you wish to apply ground snow to appear in. It doesn’t have to be perfect. If a little of the ground shows through , that’s fine.

Control+a; control+f; control+shift+f. Layers>New Raster layout. Flood fill with white (html #ffffff).


Delete painted layer. Lower opacity on snow layer to about 81. Layers>Merge>Merge All.

Layers>Add New Raster Layer. Flood fill with bright color.

Adjust>Add/Remove Noise>Add Noise.

Check Preview on Image & Gaussian. Uncheck monochrome. Noise percentage is variable according to how much snow you want falling.

View>Zoom In (to about 400). Choose magic wand. Noise: add; Match Mode: color; Tolerance: 1*; Use All Layers, Contiguous and Anti-Alias: unchecked; Feather: 0. With magic wand click on the bright color you flood filled layer with (not on noise). Delete. *The higher the noise percentage, the higher the tolerance needs to be.

Control+d. Adjust>Hue and Saturation>Hue/Saturation/Lightness.

Hue: 0; Lightness: 0; Saturation: -100.

Duplicate layer. Effects>Distortion Effects>Wind.

Wind direction and Strength is variable according to your picture.

Adjust the opacity of the two snow layers. Layers>Merge>Merge All.

Finished product:

1 comment:

  1. Hey, where did my comment go??? I tried to comment yesterday to say THANK YOU. That is a neat way to make it work. Thanks again!


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