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Give your image a soaking with this rainy-day technique

Added on Monday 27th of August 2007 02:36 am EST
 

Application:

Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

 

 

You can’t always count on the weather to shoot the photo that you want. So here’s a trick to add the rainfall to your images when the skies are sunny and bright.

 

To create a rainy effect in Photoshop, we’ll:

     Show you how to prepare the layers in preparation for this technique.

     Teach you how to add simulated raindrops to your imagery.

     Explain how to boost colors for a more realistic effect.

 

 

There’s something about a rainy day that brings out a desire to curl up on the couch with a good book or movie, clean out the closets, or maybe experiment with new Photoshop techniques. Here’s one to try—a Photoshop simulated rainfall, as shown in Figure A. Get this one under your belt and you’ll be sure to please your clients—especially when you tell them “No rain, no problem, I can do that in Photoshop!”

 

A

 

Pick your subject

 

You can use any image for this technique, but we suggest using an outdoor photo. Unless of course you intend to add a dampening rain indoors, then by all means, go for it. To follow along with our outdoor example, download the file rain.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article, and extract the file hilltop.psd. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Then, launch Photoshop and open the file, shown in Figure B.

 

B

 

Make it rain

 

In the following steps we’ll show you how to add a rainfall to your image. Keep in mind you can experiment with many of these settings to produce different results, and as always, a lower resolution file will require minimized settings. We’ll point out which features can produce extreme variations, depending on how you set them.

 

To create the rain layer:

1.       Click on the Create A New Layer button create_new located at the base of the Layers palette to add a new layer.

2.      Press D to set the foreground color to black.

3.      Press [option][delete] ([Ctrl][Backspace] in Windows) to fill the new layer with the foreground color.

 

To add the rain:

1.       Choose Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

2.      Slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, and select both the Gaussian and Monochromatic check boxes, as shown in Figure C.

 

Tip: For a lighter rainfall, use a lower Amount setting.

 

C