Add rain to a photo in Photoshop

Capturing raindrops on a photo with a camera is sometimes very difficult. Without proper lighting and proper camera settings, your photos will have a rain atmosphere, but you will not see any real rain drops.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add realistic rain drops to instantly enhance the mood of any photo.

Final result

Step 1

Open your original image in Photoshop, then go Image – Canvas sizes (Image> Canvas Size). Add 200 pixels to the height and width of the canvas, and then click OK.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of all other layers, name this layer “Rain”. Fill the rain layer with black.

Note: If you later want to experiment with the rain settings, then you need to convert this layer to a Smart Object before you continue the lesson. To do this, right-click on the “Rain” layer and in the window that appears, select the Convert at Smart-an object (Convert it to a Smart Object).

Being on the layer “Rain”, we go Filter – Noise – Add noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).

Install amount (amount) 75% Distribution (distribution) according to Gauss (Gaussian), and also put a tick in the box Monochrome (monochromatic).

Step 3

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 0.5 px.

Step 4

Next, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (angle) at 80 degrees, and Bias (distance) at 50.

Step 5

Add a new adjustment layer Levels (Levels). Set the black slider to 75 and the white slider to 115.

Right click on the adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) and in the window that appears, select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask) to the layer “Rain”.

Step 6

Being on the layer “Rain”, we go Filter – Distortion – Ripples (Filter> Distort> Ripple). Install Power (amount) 10% and degree Size (size) Large (Large).

Step 7

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and again apply a blur radius of 0.5 px, and then click OK.

Step 8

Change the blending mode for the “Rain” layer to Lightening (Screen), Layer opacity (Opacity) 50%.

Next, go Image – Canvas sizes (Image> Canvas Size), and reduce the size of our image to its original size.

Translator’s Note: reduce the size of the height and width of the canvas by 200 pixels.

If earlier, you converted the “Rain” layer into a Smart Object, then you can now go back and adjust the value Motion blur (Motion blur) to create shorter or longer raindrops.

Final result

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