In this tutorial I show you how to use the free snowflakes template which you can download at the bottom of this article.
What’s included in this free template
In real life the snowflakes will vary in size so I created 3 different layers: back, middle and front. Each of them contains a layer mask and they are converted to smart objects. This allows smart filters to be applied and readjusted at any point during the edit.
The template is a TIF and it has a resolution of approximately 25 megapixels so it should fit almost any photo that you make, from a regular smartphone to a DSLR.
How to use the free snowflakes template
- Open your winter photo
- Open the template
- Drag the group onto your opened image and resize it to be as closest possible to your size of the document. Then put the group on Screen Blending mode. This way you will make the black background of the template invisible.
- Start with the back layer, hide the front and middle layers. Use the layer mask to delete snowflakes if needed from a persons face. Use the Gaussian Blur smart filter to apply a small amount of blur on the snowflakes.
Then apply a low value for the Motion Blur to simulate the falling snowflakes.
- Do the same thing with the other 2 layers (middle and front) and increase the blur and the motion blur accordingly.
- If you want to double the amount of snowflakes, just duplicate one of the layers like you see in the video. Then go to Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical.
- If you have a vertical oriented photo, drag the group of snowflakes onto your image. Then go to Edit – Transform – Rotate 90 clockwise. Resize the group and then repeat steps from 1 to 5.
- Tip: to move the whole group together, select the Move tool and then choose Group instead of Layer from the top menu (watch the video).
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