Adding Snow to a Photo

This very easy tutorial will tell you how you can add snow to your photo. I’m using a beautiful winter photo by Magda Skale

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step1: Open your file (file>open or ctrl+o)

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step2: Create a new layer (layer>new>layer or shift+ctrl+N)

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step3: Change the layer mode to screen

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step4: Filling the layer with black by changing the foreground layer into black, and click on layer2 in your layer pallete, and press Alt +Del

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step5: Apply the graphic pen filter (filter>sketch>graphic pen), below is my setting. You can experiment with stroke pen & light/dark balance to get the best result.

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step5: Apply the gaussian blur filter (filter>blur>gaussian blur), I put 1.5 pixel radius, but can play around with it to get the best result.

Adding Snow Tutorial

Step6: Now lower the opacity to around 70%, and you’re done!

Adding Snow Tutorial

Originally posted 03 December’07

23 Responses to “Adding Snow to a Photo”

  1. mdcgent says:

    Very good and simple tutorial!

    Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you. Inserting some snow into my ecard.


  3. Debbie says:

    This is great! I can really use this. Thank you!

  4. Caziiee says:

    Thats great (:

    Thanks for that.

    Simple yet affective 😀

  5. Aftab ahmed says:

    thank u very much photo shop road map

  6. Nayan Gor says:

    Very nice tutorial Thank You so much

  7. Laura says:

    Beautiful…Helped me heaps…
    Thanks so much! 😀

  8. binu says:

    really amazingggg


  9. Barbara says:

    great job, thanks much! Now I need to find out how to add snow on the ground 😛

  10. Reon says:


    Really simple and interesting tutorial. God bless you.. keep up the gud work.

    All the Best… !!!

  11. Muffin_LOVER says:

    it looks good but at the same time it looks fake.

  12. temoc says:

    thanks, it was really helpful

  13. camille says:


  14. MAHA says:

    yeh,i learn it very real effect of snow.very nice

  15. malu john says:

    very nice,thanks it was realy helpul,….thank you so much…..

  16. RSpies says:

    Very helpful. Thank you

  17. bob says:

    speak the truth muffin s#$%

  18. Darlene says:

    What program is being used to edit these pictures?

  19. kapten john says:

    wah terima kasih … jika petunjuknya jelas gini saya jadi bisa…

  20. priyanka says:

    thanks a lot……its really helpful

  21. Winter Technology says:

    Love this Tutorial…i’m going to try right now!

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