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Photoshop Tutorial: Rain Creation

Updated on November 20, 2009

Creating Rain Effect

Here is a trick to add rain effect in image. I tried my best to explain everything. I hope everyone will like it.

I used Photoshop CS3 in this tutorial.

Before the effect
Before the effect
The rainy effect
The rainy effect

In this tutorial I'll explain step by step to turn

this image

Into this.

So you can do it very easily.

First Step: Opening the Image

First open the image you want to give effect with photoshop. You can use any kind of picture you like.

  • Run the Photoshop application.
  • Go to File>Open or press the Ctrl+O buttons.
  • Select your image and click open.

Curves Menu
Curves Menu

Second Step: Preparing the image

Go to Layer menu then click Duplicate Layer. The keyboard shortcut is "Ctrl+J" to duplicate the layer.

Now select the Duplicate Layer then go to Image>Adjustment>Curves or press Ctrl+M.

Adjust the setting to give the image “dark rainy day” appearance.

Noise setting Amount= 10%, Distribution= Gaussian
Noise setting Amount= 10%, Distribution= Gaussian
Motion blur settings Angle= -77 Distance= 15 pixels
Motion blur settings Angle= -77 Distance= 15 pixels
level settings
level settings

Third Step: Creating Rain

Now the image is ready lets add some rain.

  • First add a new layer. Go to Layer>New>Layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) name it "rain" then click ok.
  • Fill the "rain" layer with white. Press Ctrl+Backspace.
  • Now go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and adjust the setting like below.

Amount= 10, Distribution= Gaussian

or as you like.

  • Head for the Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and change the settings as given below.

Angle= -77 Distance= 15 pixels

or as you like.

  • Now you have to adjust the levels of the image. Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. My preferred settings are given in the image. You can change it as you like best.

layer pallet
layer pallet

Final Step

Now go to your layers pallet and select "rain" layer and then change the mode to “Screen” and Voila!

You have a rainy image!


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    • Loren's Gem profile image

      Loren's Gem 

      7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      the image not only turned out to look rainy, but it also changed from day to night. wonderful and very useful! thanks for the share. :-)

    • earnestshub profile image


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for this information. PhotoShop scares the hell out of me so far! I hope you write more tutorials like this.

    • BlackLover143 profile image


      9 years ago from Bangladesh

      keep it up..

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      9 years ago

      great really worked like magic


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