Adding Rain to an Image in Photoshop
All right let's add some rain to an image to add rain we're going to end up using the filter called ad noise to start with noise is going to give us our rain but we want to do it us on a new layer if I credit new layer though and I go to the filter menu choose noise and choose ad noise the problem is this filter is used to bright ning or darkening what you feed it in what I'm feeding it right now is an empty layer it doesn't contain anything and therefore it doesn't have anything to brighten her dark and in there and so it just doesn't work what we need is a layer that has something in it but I don't want whatever it is that's in that layer to obstruct our view of this picture so we're going to do it in a kind of interesting way I'll create that layer over again when I come down here to create a new layer I'm going to hold down the option key that's all time windows when you do that holding on the option key means show me the options for this layer as I created like it'll asking a name...
the layer that type of thing so ah holding down option right now click the new letter icon then there's some special choices in here one of which is what mode you would like the layer to end up in all this is doing is changing the menu you find at the top of the layers panel that's called the blending mode and you're simply choosing it before the layers created I'm going to use a choice called hard line most of the bloody modes there in this section have one special quality about them and that is if you have any fifty percent gray in the layer it won't show up it just disappears so when I choose a choice within this grouping there's a check box below it that says fill with hard light neutral color what that means is filled with whatever color would disappear when you use that mode I'm gonna turn that on. So what that's going to do is it's going to automatically change the menu that's found at the top of my layers panel toe hardline and it's going to fill the layer with fifty percent gray? So click ok who look in our layers panel it did a lot of work for us by changing this menu in filling that with fifty percent gray well, the reason that's nice is because now the ad noise filter will work on this layer because there is something within the layer that it could brighten our darkened because that's all the ad noise filter is capable of doing whereas when the layer was empty it couldn't work so now let's go over here and do add noise with default settings, you'll get colorful noise and if we want to look like rain it's not very often that rain looks like green and red different colors eso we're going to turn on the monochromatic checkbox and then this isn't going to be critical, but I usually is godliness little more random we're just going to get a lot of noise in this layer now that noise doesn't look at all like rain, but to get it to look like rain, all we need to do is come over here and apply another filter. What we're going to do is actually apply imagine that those air brain droplets frozen is we're going to apply a motion blur because they're usually emotion when I do a motion blur, we're going to be blending those you don't want to bring it up so high that this looks like brushed metal because if you bring it up too high, it will look like brush mel, you wanted to still have some randomness to it, so I'll bring it down a bit like that. And the only thing is after applying motion blur is you'll find that the quote unquote rain is too consistent it's so consistent everywhere I wanted to be a bit more random where there's a little less strained somewhere more rain elsewhere and to accomplish that I'm going to use the layer mask so let's do it the bottom my layers panel the layer mask icon looks like a circle inside of a rectangle click on it and what I'm going to do in that layer mask is apply a filter that's called clouds it's under filter render clouds and that's going to give us randomness. Because if you look at this that's what's in our mask, any part of this that is dark is preventing the rain from showing up very much. Any part of this that is light is allowing the rain to show up. So you get the sense how that would make the rain more random as faras how thick it is and I think that helps. Then the final thing is to lower the opacity. We'll bring the opacity all the way down and I'll slowly bring it up to say exactly how strong should that look. I can also paint on that mask more to get rid of it in certain areas, but now we have some of the look of rain and you confined to that further with the flying further filters and trying things like the motion blur it different settings and made you put more than one of these atop the image you can also adjust the layer mask if you come here to levels when the layer mask is active, this slider here will make mohr the rain disappear the middle slider will control them the medium rain how much of it is there and you could find tune in if you look at what I did look at this I'll choose undo you see the difference in a mask black hides things when I just did I just made more of the brain little more hidden thanks. So what was that that was, um ad noise motion blur to give us a general look but in order to get to work at all where it could be on its own layer we needed get a little bit fancy where we ended up using this mode called hard light mode which prevented the grave that was in that layer from showing up at all nicole am is wondering whether the rain effect is the same way people would produce like a snow effect you know any way that you could adjust it to make it a little bit more snowy you all you need to do is go adjust not the mask but the image itself the one that contains your noise adjusted with levels and bring in the upper right slide earthy upper right slider forces things too white and as you bring it in, the rain would get brighter and brighter and it will can look a lot more like that and also you'd have to vary your um uh the motion blur just to get it or fine tuned
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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2