How to Make Snowflakes in Photoshop + FREE template

How to Make Snowflakes in Photoshop + FREE template

August 16, 2019 6 By Peter Engel


In this video i’m gonna show you how to
apply snowflakes in Photoshop and as a gift I will give you a free template to download
full of snowflakes which you can use on any winter photo that you take. Hey guys this is Criss from eyestocker.com
I mostly make Photoshop tutorials on my channel, but also Lightroom and GoPro tutorials so
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notified every single time I upload new videos. Ok… let’s begin the tutorial.. As I said in the intro I will show you how
to add snowflakes to your winter photos, so I prepared a template for you guys, I will
explain how to use it, step by step, this is very easy, it’s fun and I will give you
the link to download this file and use it however you want on your winter images. I will apply snowflakes on this cute image
with this little girl who is making a snowman. It’s an awesome photo that I’ve downloaded
from bigstockphoto.com But let me show you how this template works
because this is why you’re watching this video. When you open the file you will see a group
of layers here called snowflakes. Open the group and you will notice 3 different
layers here: back, middle and front. Also each layer has a layer mask, you will
see why in a few moments, and each layer has the same smart filters applied, the gaussian
blur filter and the motion blur filter and they can be readjusted at any point, this
is the beauty of this template.. You will work nondestructively. But Criss, why did you created 3 different
layers of snowflakes? You may ask… Because I want to control the snowflakes on
each plane. So I prepared a professional sketch for you
as you can see, haha! This should be a top view… but I didn’t
knew how to draw the person from the top.. So now… this guy is layed down on the snow,
chillin…. but I hope you understand. In real life, you won’t see snowflakes with
the same size, right? Some of them are really far, this is why I
created the back layer.. The snowflakes are very small, and if you
have a blurred background you can also blur the snowflakes on this layer. Then you have the middle layer which is used
for the objects in your photo which are in focus…the snowflakes are a bit bigger and
then you have the snowflakes which are falling between your camera and the subject… these
snowflakes are even bigger and maybe these are more blurred if you’ve used a small
depth of field when you took the photo. One more thing to mention.. This template has a resolution of approximately
25 megapixels so it should be enough for the majority of the photos that you may take…
if you have a smartphone or a dslr which has lots of megapixels. Now let’s play with this image and add some
snowflakes. Here comes the fun part. Make sure you also opened the template. You will have to grab with the mouse this
group called snowflakes, drag it onto your image….and let go of the mouse. In a couple of seconds the group will be imported.. It depends on how fast your computer is. Ok…grab the selection tool.. Make sure you select group here….not layer…
because I want to move the whole group together and place it exactly where I want, and resize
it, depending on the resolution of my photo. To resize the group proportionally, hold down
the shift key, click once on the corner point, a message will show up maybe saying that smart
filters will be turned off while you scale the group… it’s not a problem, just hit
ok. Press again the shift…and resize the whole
group as you want. While the snowflakes group is selected change
the blending mode to screen…and this will maintain only the snowflakes while hiding
the black background…and here we go…the image looks very good already but we are not
finished yet so hold your horses. You have to make it look more real than this
because you see… if I zoom in… these don’t look like real snowflakes.. They are just white shapes on the screen.. So… ctrl+0 to fit your image on the screen…
hide the front and middle layers.. We will take it once at a time. You begin with the back layer… hit B for
the brush… make sure you choose black, select the layer mask on this layer… and start
hiding some snowflakes from the face of the girl.. You don’t want to cover that part too much
with white… also.. Let’s hide some snowflakes on her clothes… Now.. I double click the gaussian blur filter…
and I enter a value of 1…yep.. It looks good.. Hit ok. Now i double click the motion blur filter.. And I add a value of 3. This is just to simulate that the snowflakes
are falling, it looks more real. Ok.. I will unhide the middle layer… this layer
is in focus so it’s not necessary to use the gaussian blur… however, it’s up to
you, I made it available in the template for each layer. But.. I will double click the motion blur filter…
and I will enter 5 here. Let’s see a preview…. Nice… good… hit ok. I will use the layer mask of the middle layer…
grab the brush tool with the B on the keyboard… and paint with black to hide again some snowflakes
from the girl’s face.. I want to keep her face clear… she’s so
cute. It’s time to unhide the front layer… i
will double click the gaussian blur and enter a value of … let’s say… 6… nope… it’s too much… let’s try
4… yes… hit..ok. Double click the motion blur… and I will
choose…. 14 here. …. And then… hit ok. Good… I don’t need to hide any snowflakes on this
layer.. None of them is covering the girl’s face.. But you can use it because you will have a
different image. And we are done here guys…you can modify
any filter from this template just by double clicking it. If you want to double the amount of snowflakes
on a layer.. Just select it.. Press ctrl+J to duplicate it… and then go
to edit… transform…and flip vertical. And now you have a double amount of snowflakes
in the front plane. And you can do this for any of the layers. Let me show you what you need to do if you
have a vertical image…you just bring in the group called snowflakes onto your image…
and then you go to edit… transform… and rotate 90 degrees clockwise. You resize it…. Put the group on screen blending mode… and
then you apply the same process like for the horizontal photo…. And of course you use the layer masks… to
hide snowflakes from the face or clothes if needed. Guys… just smash the like under the video
if you enjoyed this tutorial. To download this snowflakes template click
the link in the description or just click on the screen right now where it says DOWNLOAD,
it will take you to my website, scroll down to the bottom, and you will find more information
there. Thanks so much for watching this tutorial,
don’t forget to subscribe and have fun with this template. This is Criss, catch you in the next one.