We control the weather in Photoshop

?If you like the idea of ​​beating Mother Nature, then you will like this technique of turning an overcast day into a beautiful snowy scene.

Final result

Note: The source of the lesson is missing some images. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the materials for the lesson.

Step 1. Open the image with a cloudy day.

Open the original image with no or minimum detail in the sky.

Step 2. Add snow to the ground

Let’s go Highlight – Color Range (Select> Color Range). In the settings window of this tool, in the drop-down menu Choose (Select) set By samples (Sampled Colors), also in dropdown menu View (Selection Preview) install Do not show (None), hover the pipette over the image, and then click on the brightest spot in the sky. Pay attention to the halftone preview image in the settings window Color range (Color Range). The white areas represent places where there will be snow, and the black areas show no snow. Now slide the slider Scatter (Fuzziness) to get the desired amount of snow. If you have shifted the slider to the maximum value and did not receive enough snow, then activate the eyedropper tool. Adding shades (+) (Add to Sample) (+), and then click on the brightest part of the vegetation. After adding shades, adjust the parameter Scatter (Fuzziness).

Click the “OK” button. Now click on the icon Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel to create a new layer and then go Editing – Run Fill (Edit> Fill). In the window that appears, in the drop-down menu Content (Contents), set the color to White (White), and then click the “OK” button. Cancel active selection, for this we go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect). To make the snow texture less rigid, let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). For high resolution images, set radius (Radius) blur approximately 2 px, and then click the “OK” button to apply the filter.

Note: if the snow effect is not saturated, then press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the snow effect layer.

Step 3. Add falling snow

Our scene already looks great, but we can improve it by adding falling snow. For this purpose, we use the Snow brush, which can be downloaded for free on the stock resource at the link at the beginning of the lesson. Do not forget to read Terms of Use (Terms of Use), and then download the Snow / Snowflake brush. Place the SS-snow file (.abr) in the desired folder on your hard disk and return to Photoshop. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool), first press the (D) key and then the (X) key to set the foreground color to white. In the brush settings window, click on the top small triangle icon to display a drop-down menu. New brush parameter set (New Brush Preset), select the option Download brushes (Load Brushes).

In the window that appears, look for the folder where you downloaded the brush Snow (SS-snow). Select the SS-snow file (.abr) to load the brushes into Photoshop. Once again go to the brush settings window, select the snow brush 2, 2000 px.

Create a new layer by clicking on the icon. Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Mouse over the center of the image, you will see a square with snowflakes, click once with a brush. To create an effect, as if the snowflakes fall next to the camera, we will make the snowflakes larger, and then blur them. Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the tool. Free transformation (Free Transform). During the transformation, hold down the keys (Shift + Alt) for proportional zoom. Now drag the corner anchor point to zoom the snowflakes to fit to create an imitation of the falling snowflakes next to the camera lens.

Press the (Enter) key to apply the transform. Now let’s add a little motion blur to the snowflakes. Let’s go Filter – Convert for Smart Filters (Filter> Convert for Smart Filters), then we go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Expose Angle (Angle) and Bias (Distance) so that the snowflakes in the foreground look realistic.

Click the “OK” button. Now let’s add another layer of snow, these will be snowflakes falling far from the camera lens. Hold down (Ctrl) and click Create New Layer (Create a new layer), so we will create a new layer below the current layer. Go back to the brush settings window, this time select the snow 4, 2000 px brush.

Next, go to the bookmark Brushes (Brush) (F5). Choose a setting Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics). Install Angle swings (Angle Jitter) by 10%, so the snowflakes will be slightly different from each other.

Move your mouse over the image, and then click the brush (just do not drag the brush) in various places to create a rug of snowflakes covering the whole scene.

The same thing we did before, go Filter – Convert for Smart Filters (Filter> Convert for Smart Filters), then we go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Expose Angle (Angle) and Bias (Distance) so that the snowflakes look realistic. Click the “OK” button to apply the filter.

This is our original image.

And this is our snow scene. Wow

Thank you for being with me! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

The final result:

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