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Creating Rain Effect in Photoshop

Creating Rain Effect in Photoshop

by Eli AvellanozaNovember 6, 2012

On this Tutorial I will teach you on how to create a rain effect using Photoshop.

Here are the 9 easy steps:

1. Open the image you want to apply this effect to. Mine is a nice place called Minalungao.

Minalungao National Park Nueva Ecija

Amazing Minalungao (image courtesy of Minalungao Facebook Page)

By the way, I’ve been to this place several times and still find it so amazing! Minalungao National Park offers pristine river, spring, [spacious] cave and unique geological features characterized by breath-taking rock formations – an ideal place for soul searching and communing with nature.

Minalungao National Park is located at Sitio Minalungao (15 km east of the town proper), Barangay Pias, Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija (Philippines). Byahe na!

Okay, let’s go back to our tutorial.

2.  Go to Layers and create a new layer. Fill the entire layer with black fill.

3. Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise. Put noise amount up to 400%, check Gaussian and Monochromatic

4. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian and set the radius to 1px. Your image will look close to this

5. Go back to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. You can use the settings shown on the image below but of course you are free to experiment.

6. Go to Layers palette and set blend mode of Layer1 to Screen

7. In Layers palette click on your background layer. Then go to Image> Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast. Set Brightness to -30 and Contrast to -10. Click OK

8. To create a more realistic rain effect Go to Layers palette, create new layer and set the blend mode to “overlay”. Select comfortable size brush and black fill color, set the opacity of brush to 50% and paint over the parts of the image that appear too bright

9. Next and final step. Select layer with rain effect on it, press Ctrl+M to open the curves dialog box and  make a necessary curve adjustment. See the image below.

Click Ok. Your finished image will look close to mine

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About The Author
Eli Avellanoza
A science research specialist, Eli is also an artist and a book illustrator. He possesses extensive experience on both print and digital media. He creates various media designs and digital illustrations using advanced desktop publishing software such as CorelDraw, Adobe and 3D Studio Max . Eli created his own site Blographics to serve as a venue for his art and design works.