Tutorial: Adding Snow to a Photograph

  • 1. Open your image
  • 2. Click on your Fuzzy Select Tool
    • Under the Tool Options panel choose Add to Current Selection
  • 3. Select the sky portion of the image
    • We need to de-saturate the sky so it doesn’t look so blue
  • 4. Go to Colors > Hue Saturation
    • Saturation: -50
    • Lightness: -25
  • 5. Go to Select > None
  • 6. Duplicate the Image Layer
  • 7. Change the foreground color to a light blue (I used #4eaeff)
  • 8. Change the background color to a darker blue (I used #1b5a8f)
  • 9. Go to Colors > Map > Gradient Map
  • 10. Change the Layer Mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to around 45
  • 11. Set your foreground color to black
  • 12. Add a new layer and name it Snow and choose Foreground Color under the Layer Fill Type
  • 13. Go to Filters > Noise > HSV Noise
    • Holdness: 3
    • Hue: 180
    • Saturation: 0
    • Value: 255
  • 14. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    • Horizontal: 2
    • Vertical: 2
  • 15. Go to Colors > Levels
    • Black Point: 45
    • Midtone Point: 1.82
    • White Point: 179
  • 16. Change the Snow Layer Mode to Screen
  • 17. Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur
    • Linear (Blur Type)
    • Length: 4
    • Angle: 232
  • 18. Duplicate the Snow Layer
  • 19. Choose your Scale Tool and click on the image once
    • Change Pixels to Percent
    • Make sure the chains are locked so the proportion will remain the same
    • Type in 200 for the Width and hit Enter
    • Click Scale
  • 20. Go to Layer > Transform > Rotate 180

Final Render:

Adding Snow Final Render

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