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

See also: Photoshop Tutorials

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Comment by mdcgent
2007-12-18 01:38:44

Very good and simple tutorial!

Thank you so much!

Comment by Ivan Versluis
2007-12-21 23:43:50

Thank you. Inserting some snow into my ecard.


Comment by Debbie
2008-03-02 22:32:01

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

Comment by Caziiee
2008-03-29 15:12:33

Thats great (:

Thanks for that.

Simple yet affective :D

Comment by Aftab ahmed
2009-01-27 00:11:56

thank u very much photo shop road map

Comment by Nayan Gor
2009-03-05 08:32:57

Very nice tutorial Thank You so much

Comment by Laura
2009-03-30 02:49:29

Beautiful…Helped me heaps…
Thanks so much! :D

Comment by binu
2009-06-03 11:08:31

really amazingggg


Comment by Barbara
2009-12-04 13:01:54

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

Comment by Reon
2010-01-26 03:21:31


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

All the Best… !!!

Comment by Muffin_LOVER Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-25 19:05:36

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

Comment by bob
2010-12-16 17:21:54

speak the truth muffin s#$%

Comment by temoc
2010-03-28 15:50:03

thanks, it was really helpful

Comment by camille
2010-05-24 01:15:49


Comment by MAHA
2010-07-17 16:39:26

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

Comment by malu john
2010-08-27 14:36:19

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

Comment by RSpies
2010-11-20 03:27:12

Very helpful. Thank you

Comment by Darlene
2011-02-03 18:06:18

What program is being used to edit these pictures?

Comment by kapten john Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-18 22:51:10

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

Comment by priyanka Subscribed to comments via email
2011-03-13 12:28:01

thanks a lot……its really helpful

Comment by Winter Technology
2011-06-26 12:54:39

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

Comment by Children
2012-07-01 16:44:28

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Comment by neil
2012-08-11 22:11:20

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