How to Create Snowfall in Photoshop [Tutorial PSD + Custom Snow Brush Included ]

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In this Photoshop effects tutorial, we'll learn how to create snow flake brush and how to use it.

Using Photoshop, making a custom brush that will randomize snowflakes in different manners, such as shape, size, opacity, angle and placement can take a winter themed image to the next level.

Before starting, it is extremely important to pick a photo, that will seamlessly and most obviously fit with a winter theme.

I am using Photoshop cc 2017. However, this should work in most versions of Photo shop.

lets start creating custom brush for snow

add a new blank layer

select brush tool and choose a brush from the panel.

click on Brushes panel toggle icon, in the Options Bar at the top of the screen


SIZE slider is the general actual size of the brush.

starting of at 100 pixels, but depending on the resolution of the image, the size of the brush will have to be adjusted.

The roundness setting will affect the shape of the snowflakes. To look most natural, the flake should be more oval than circular.

In general, setting the hardness to 15%, when placing snow around the subject works great.

spacing setting will control, how close & how packed the snowflakes will be in relation to each other. Spacing the flakes at 400% gives it a natural look.

now go to SHAPE DYNAMICS option

SIZE JITTER setting when set to 100% will randomize the size of the flakes.


Snow doesn't fall from the sky in a straight line, each flake flutters and makes its way down taking a unique path.

The angle jitter setting will randomize the angle of your brush, mirroring the path, snowflakes take on their way down.

keep roundness jitter 100%

and minimum roundness at 25%

move on to SCATTERING option

Make sure to check BOTH AXES box.

The scatter setting will scatter the cluster of flakes, so they don’t appear to be falling in a straight line.

Usually, 1000% does the job, however if you find that the clusters are too scattered, bringing down this setting can prove to be helpful.

According to the number set on count control, the amount of flakes that appear per click and drag will vary.

Leaving it the lower number, will give you better control of snowflake placement

On average, setting the count anywhere from 1 to 8 is great.

keep count jitter 100%

goto transfer option.

The opacity of each flake must be unique, so that the image will look more realistic. These settings will randomize the opacity.

Both opacity and flow jitter should be set to 100%

Make sure that all controls are set to “off.”

Smoothing helps reduce sharp angles as you drag your mouse or stylus.

now start painting with custom brush on the image

To save you the time, save the custom brush and name it

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Softwares Used:
Photoshop cc 2014, 2015, 2017
Photoshop cs5, cs6,
After Effects cs5
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