How to Create Rain using Photoshop in 7 easy steps

Create Rain using Photoshop

This is a beginners Photoshop tutorial. If you are just new to Photoshop then you can add these cool effects to your photos!


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STEP 1: Open Photoshop. Create a new document with 72 dpi as resolution settings. You can use any dimensions you like. Here as an example you can create a document of 500 x 381 pixels dimensions using 72 dpi as the resolution.

If you are going to print the document you must use higher dimensions like 2500 x 2500 pixels with 300 dpi resolution.

STEP 2: Now create a new layer and fill with black using paint bucket tool.

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New layer . Fill black

STEP 3: Now add noise using the following option, Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise . Set the value as shown below.

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Add noise

STEP 4: Click on the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layer panel and create a Levels adjustment layer. Set the following values.

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Adjust levels

STEP 5: Go back to the Filter menu and choose Blur >Motion Blur. Apply the following values.

You can experiment with various values in motion blur to check the different effects. However i have applied these values as shown below.

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Apply motion blur

STEP 6: Change the blending mode of this layer to screenName this layer as Rain.

Scale the rain layer using CTRL-Transform.

STEP 7: Apply curves and set the following values. Make sure to apply clipping mask. To do this right click the curves layer and select “apply clipping mask”.

Clipping mask makes sure that the curves adjustment is applied only to rain layer and not to our forest image.

Here also the curves values depend on our background image to which we want to apply rain effects. However I have applied these values.

You have finished creating rain using Photoshop!

Now just add your image below this rain layer! Here I have added a forest image. Hope you enjoyed reading my tutorial!

You can see that I duplicated the rain layers thrice. I scaled 1 rain layer. I turned off the levels layers in the rain 2 and rain 2 copy layers. You can play with the values as I said before to create a natural rain effect to your photos.

Here is the image we get after adding rain!

You can read my another exclusive tutorial HERE.

To create rain more randomly experiment with different values and share images you created in the comments below!!

4 thoughts on “How to Create Rain using Photoshop in 7 easy steps”

  1. I am grateful to find this post which I am saving. My goal is how to learn how to take better pictures.

  2. Heather Shannen

    What a great tutorial! I am always amazed at how much can be done with photoshop. This is beautiful!

  3. Really cool tutorial. I love learning these sorts of techniques for photoshop.
    Thanks for sharing!

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