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Create a Realistic Winter Scene Using Snow Overlays in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a realistic winter scene. We will use a few snow overlay textures and a simple blending method to get a very nice falling snow effect.

All the textures used are free to download and use.

The Winter Scene We Will Create

We will start with an image of a street without any snow on it. We will add the snow overlay textures on top of the image and blend it such that we will end up with a very realistic winter scene.

Besides the snow overlays I will show you a very easy technique to do matte painting over the image. In this way we will add snow here and there to make the scene more interesting.

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Texture Resources Used

How To Use Photoshop Snow Overlays

Snow overlays are images of falling snow on a black background. They are called overlays because using them in Photoshop with the Overlay blending mode integrates them perfectly in the final result. Sometimes graphic designers add transparent images as overlays.

In the case of creating a snow falling effect it's rather difficult to create a snow overlay PNG image with transparent background, as it would mean cutting out individual snow flakes. That would be a huge task.

The video tutorial below will show you how to add a snow overlay in Photoshop.

The tutorial uses a few images like the snow overlay free download. This overlay is perfect for adding falling snow in the background of winter scenes.

I hope you enjoy making this tutorial and if you like winter and snow you can also check out this snow Photoshop action free download that will allow you to create realistic snowing effect with just one single click.

Create a Falling Snow Winter Effect – Video Photoshop Tutorial

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  1. Su HallOctober 30, 2017

    What an awesome effect! I love your textures, by the way! Adding those to your image, along weith all the adjustments and such, really makes a great effect!
    Thank you for the great tut!

    1. textures4photoshop.comOctober 30, 2017

      Thank you so much Su! Glad you like the tetxures

  2. Tony SOctober 30, 2017

    This sounds like a great tutorial. However, I don’t find it useful since the video resolution is so poor whether watching in normal or full-screen mode. Is there any chance you can produce better video or post a narrative tut. It would be greatly appreciated…

    1. textures4photoshop.comOctober 31, 2017

      Hi Tony,

      the video is in 1080p resolution, you only need to make it full screen. If that doesn’t work, I’ve added the link to the YouTube video so you can watch the tutorial there and select the 1080p version from the gear icon. Hope this works for you

      1. Tony SNovember 1, 2017

        Yes, YouTube is perfect…don’t know why the one above is blurry, but thank you so much for accommodating my request. Also, YT has the transcript so “…two birds with one…” 🙂

        Superb effect *and* tutorial…kudos. Thanks, again!


  3. textures4photoshop.comNovember 2, 2017

    If you want to share the results you get by following this tutorial, please upload your photos in the comments!


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