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How To Create Snow In Photoshop | Aaron Nace

By Kishore Sawh on October 29th 2014


Summer was dead to begin with. If you’ve been clinging on to the last vapors of summer, it may be time to admit that about now, unless you’re sitting with me in Miami, that you’re been reaching for a Marley-esque apparition. Summer’s gone and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Having just left Toronto and catching the best weekends for autumn colors, I can attest to the rejuvenated creative photography ideas that come from a change of seasons. Winter is around the corner and festive photography projects are something to look forward to. Keeping with the change of seasons, you may be preparing your Christmas card photos, or just want to add some wintery flair to images you already have, and might I suggest considering adding snow…in Photoshop. How? Allow Aaron Nace to be your guide.


In this Phlearn episode, Aaron will teach you how to create snow, complete with movement and depth, from scratch. What it is, in essence, is a broad spanning tutorial on custom brush creation and layering. It may come as a surprise just how far reaching the abilities of custom brushes are, and how well they can allow any user to emulate real objects and movement, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

From creating a rather bland initial brush, to adding scatter, jitter, and altering the shape and size of the flakes (all editable after the fact), this tutorial is quite comprehensive, and may take some pausing here and there to grasp all that’s being done. That said, a lot can be learned here from the in-between navigation steps. If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of the beginning steps, you can actually click this link, which will take you to a page where you can download the Phlearn Snow Brush.

[REWIND: The Power Of Using Blending Modes In Photoshop | Aaron Nace]

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As always, if you are a fan of Aaron’s teachings (and who isn’t?), be sure to check back here for updates, and follow along with Aaron on YouTube and Phlearn. You should also consider becoming quickly adept at Photoshop with the Phlearn Photoshop 101 & 201 sets as they are extremely comprehensive, and will have you quickly doing things with Photoshop you may have otherwise thought too complex, or didn’t even know you could do.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Love the article !

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  2. Peter van Eijk

    Great tutorial ! Thnx

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  3. Wes DeKoninck

    Great effect! I would recommend making the snow dot layers into individual smart objects so you can modify them at any time. That way you can add additional snow dots to any layer at any time and still have the exact same blur effect applied to them or change the type or intensity of any blur without having to completely re-create the layer.

    Thanks for the video Phlearn and SLR Lounge!

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    great video, thanks for the tips

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